King’s Hall Pupils Make Stage Debut in The Wizard of Oz
It has been a truly magical month for our pupils who have been getting into the festive spirit thanks to this year’s Brewhouse Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz.
It began with a special drama workshop for Year 6 pupils, who under the guidance of Assistant Director and Choreographer, Penelope Simmons, learned how to perfect their inner munchkin through song and dance. Year 2 also had a hand in the celebrations – creating colourful flowers and retro sweets to be used in the stage production.
However, the most exciting news of all, is that three of our own pupils are actually performing in the show! Year 6 pupils Riana Tiplea and Ella Rowlands, and Year 3 pupil Camille Francois are all playing the part of munchkins – adorably cute creatures, and natives of the fictional Munchkin Country.
Despite their busy schedule, we managed to catch up with the budding actors who shared some backstage secrets with us!
How did you get involved in the play?
R: "The Music Director for the Brewhouse is my singing teacher."
E: “I’ve tried to get into the Christmas production at the Brewhouse three years in a row, and this time I made it! I’m playing a Munchkin in the first act.”
C: “I asked my mum what the play was this year, and I really liked that play, so I wanted to audition.”
What was the audition process like?
R: "It was quite nerve-racking but enjoyable too."
E: “The audition was a bit scary but also a lot of fun. We spent a morning at the Brewhouse and had to perform a solo and follow a dance routine.”
C: “I enjoyed the audition. We did lots of fun dances and we had to sing a song all by ourselves. I sang a song from the movie Moana.”
Have you ever done any professional acting before?
R: "Not professional but I have done some plays."
E: “This is my first professional production, but in the past I have played a rude goblin, a greedy merchant, and Gretel in The Sound of Music at King’s College.”
C: “No, but I used to go to a drama club in London and we did a show in which I was a cheetah!”
How have you been getting into character?
R: "We’ve been doing warm up together which has really helped."
E: “Wearing my hair in plaits and skipping along an imaginary yellow brick road!”
C: “We have to sing with Mary Poppins diction, in Munchkin voices, so I have been practicing that a lot.”
How do you prepare in between shows?
R: "Lots of rehearsals!"
E: “Dancing, singing, and yet more dancing!”
C: “I put on make-up and practise with the professional actors.”
What is your favourite song/scene from the production?
R: "The jitterbug!"
E: “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”
C: “My favourite part so far is the jitterbug dance, but I still haven’t seen the whole show and I really want to see the scarecrow scene!”
What have you enjoyed most about the experience?
R: "Mostly just acting and being a part of something big!"
E: “I have really enjoyed the chance to work with a professional cast.”
C: “I’ve enjoyed making friends and doing our dances.”
Thank you – it was really great to hear all the behind-the-scenes gossip!
Here at King’s Hall, we are also very lucky to work with some of the technical staff who are working on The Wizard of Oz production.
Our peripatetic singing teacher, and Musical Director for The Wizard of Oz, Lisa Tustian, said: “We have been rehearsing with the ensemble since September, and things have been even more exciting the last couple of weeks, since the arrival of the amazing professional cast.”
She added: “If you ask the children, I think you’ll find they are very excited about their costumes –but they mustn’t give anything away so as not to spoil the surprises in the show!”
You heard it here first! This Christmas, journey through the magical land of Oz and enjoy the much-loved songs, characters and iconic moments from this all-time classic!
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Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970