The Wizard of Oz: Kolbe students follow the yellow brick road


Taylah Geling  as Dorothy,holding a windswept Toto, with James Catatore (Scarecrow), Brian Davies (Cowardly Lion), and Alexei Chalk (Tin Man). Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d465621
Taylah Geling as Dorothy,holding a windswept Toto, with James Catatore (Scarecrow), Brian Davies (Cowardly Lion), and Alexei Chalk (Tin Man). Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d465621

THE adventures of Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz are being brought to the stage by a hard-working group of budding thespians at the Kolbe Catholic College.

The students, from years seven to 12, have been preparing for the production since last October and are getting excited about putting the show on at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Head of performing arts teacher Nick Fielding said a stage the same size as the one at the MPAC had been marked out with tape in the school’s small theatre so that actors were familiar with the size of the creative space they were working in.

“The Wizard of Oz is the show that everyone knows and loves and is based on the film with all the well-known songs like Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain and Off to See the Wizard,” Mr Fielding said.

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About 60 students are in the cast, 20 in the band and eight in the backstage crew.

“The kids are getting really excited,” he said. “It’s an amazing chance for them to work in a professional theatre outside of a school setting.

“They work with professional sound and lighting guys and the backstage crew of four professionals who oversee everything.”

He said it would be the fourth production the school had held at the MPAC.

“We believe it’s the best professional-standard venue outside of the Perth CBD,” he said.

Mr Fielding said there would be three performances, on March 16 and 17.

Further details, visit www.manpac.com.au.