IN CHARACTER: Performers Jade Wright, Lucy Champion and Josie Fulton-Smith during rehearsal for The Wizard of Oz show.
IN CHARACTER: Performers Jade Wright, Lucy Champion and Josie Fulton-Smith during rehearsal for The Wizard of Oz show. Contributed

High school production gives Wizard a twist

NATISHA Strudwick's musical Wizard of Oz isn't based on the traditional story.

The director is working on her fourth production with Gladstone State High School, Toolooa State High School and Chanel College students.

A cast of 20 students and recent graduates will sing original songs from the movie as well as songs chosen by Ms Strudwick.

Ms Strudwick said it had been a work in progress.

"I am writing the play myself, combining story elements from the book and the movie and other readings, interpretations and contemporary influences," she said.

"It's going really well. The costumes are all coming together. Because the kids are not at school we have a bit more time to spend on it."

In this version of the musical, Dorothy is not the lost little girl she is in the film and book, she is sassy and confident.

Her three friends are human. The Scarecrow is called Bluey and he is a dumb farm boy.

Nick Chopper is the heartless Tin Man. Leo plays the lion and is a wannabe, old-time boxer who lacks the courage to pursue his dream.

"It's based on contemporary life; there are modern references to Beyonce, for example," Ms Strudwick said.

Wizard of Oz will be performed at the Marina Main Stage on February 12-14.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for concession.



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