Last week, Shiplake College’s Junior School production of The Wizard of Oz wowed audiences at six sold-out performances at their own Tithe Barn Theatre.
The production, directed by drama teachers Mrs Jenny Nunes and Mrs Sian Pearson, was a complete success that tickled families, friends and prospective pupils alike. Henry Kunzig’s embodiment of Damien (Dorothy’s male alter ego) was stunning. Not only was his depiction fantastic, but he truly committed to his role and embraced what most boys his age would never dream of doing in public: singing! However, it was not just singing, his rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow gave audience members Goosebumps! His companion, Toto (played by Luke Roxburgh-Smith), was also fantastic. Despite not having a single line (as you would expect from a dog), Luke’s characterisation was truly captivating. At times, it was difficult to follow the story because of how perfectly distracting he was!
The whole production was truly fabulous. The musical accompaniment, arranged by Musical Director Mrs Louise Rapple Moore, was amazing and gave so much more depth to the performances. The amazing murals by Nicola Sutherland also helped to create an awesome environment, in which the whole Lower School and Year 9 and 10 pupils could perform this uniquely entertaining play. A huge well done to Stage Manager and Costume Designer Mrs Vanessa Hine, who put together such fabulous outfits, for almost 100 cast members!
Massive congratulations must go to the whole cast for their wonderful portrayals of brilliant characters; the production was a huge success and was enjoyed by nearly 500 audience members. Thank you to all who attended, we truly hope you enjoyed the production and please, watch this space for our upcoming summer productions.