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Pupils at Bentley Wood's version of 'The Wiz' is a sell out
TEENAGERS at a Harrow secondary school wowed audiences with their best-selling take on the Motown version of 'The Wizard Of Oz'.
Student actors and musicians at Bentley Wood High School for Girls in Bridges Road, Stanmore, loved every minute of their performances of 'The Wiz' in the school hall on three consecutive nights starting on Wednesday, February 2, and selling-out on Friday.
Head of music, and musical director, Louisa Bancroft said: "It was the best attended production ever at Bentley Wood!"
The all-female cast of between 30 and 40 pupils, all aged between 11 and 17, had been practising for at least four hours a week since mid-September ahead of the show, billed as a musical 'extravaganza', while an orchestra made up of Harrow Young Musicians, a couple of pupils and a handful of parents provided the soulful score.
With costumes borrowed from the Beck Theatre in Hayes and an innovatively minimalist set made by the art department - including green balloons tied to art stools as trees and a yellow brick road running down the aisle - the show went down a treat.
Kayleigh Laws, who played Dorothy on the opening two nights, said: "'The script was very good and it was very professional.
"It was very funny and the costumes, hair and make-up were amazing."
Ms Bancroft said: "We did 'The Wiz' because we couldn't get the rights to 'The Wizard Of Us' as it's on in the West End.
"It's the same story with different music and a slightly different script.
"It was fantastic. Everyone was saying it was the best thing they had seen here.
"Backstage afterwards everyone was so pleased. The atmosphere was buzzing."
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