Pupils from Rookwood School recently thrilled audiences with their production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at local theatre, The Lights in Andover.
Over three fantastic shows, Senior School students entertained hundreds of audience members with their all singing, dancing and acting extravaganza, showcasing the plethora of talent within the school.
Mrs Blackmore, Senior School Drama teacher, commented, “I am so proud of every single pupil who took part in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, be it acting on the stage, playing in the band or organising costumes, make up and scenery backstage. The standard of acting, dancing and singing was extremely high and many audience members compared the play to that of a West End production, which is a huge compliment. Well done everyone!”
There were a number of scenery changes throughout each show, from Gale farm and the Yellow Brick Road to the dark forest and the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle. All of the sets were made in school by pupils and members of staff and they looked wonderful under the theatre’s lights. The costumes were also made by staff, present and past, and they were absolutely fabulous.
The opening show brought a number of local groups together to watch a special matinee production. Among those invited were pupils from Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield Church of England School and Anton Junior School, Councillor Iris Anderson, Andover Parkinson’s Support Group and the school Governors.
Councillor Anderson said, “Everyone that took part should feel very proud of themselves, it was such an excellent performance and I enjoyed every minute!”
Further to this, Headmaster Mr Kirk-Burgess commented, “Congratulations to everyone involved in this phenomenal production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It was a privilege to watch, not one, but two performances and my heartfelt congratulations go to all of the cast, crew, staff and volunteers. I am blessed to be the head of a school with such talent!”