Yellow brick road to a wizard show

Lewis Brady and Harry Sutherland, Erin Brodrick as Dorothy (below) and (bottom) Lily Eaton and Leonie Beswick.
Lewis Brady and Harry Sutherland, Erin Brodrick as Dorothy (below) and (bottom) Lily Eaton and Leonie Beswick.
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THESE children swapped their school corridors for the Yellow Brick Road when they performed The Wizard Of Oz.

Pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornton took to the stage to perform the classic show in front of an audience of proud friends and family.

Dorothy, the heroine of the story, will be played by Erin Brodrick aged 10. Erin says; Sacred Heart Thonrton and wizard Of Oz

Dorothy, the heroine of the story, will be played by Erin Brodrick aged 10. Erin says; Sacred Heart Thonrton and wizard Of Oz

A ruby slipper-wearing Dorothy, a trembling cowardly lion, a dim-witted but loveable scarecrow and all the classic story’s much-loved characters were there.

A cast of more than 90 young actors, dancers and singers took the magical, musical journey to see The Wizard, and it was a great success according to teacher Steph Darville.

She said: “The show was simply outstanding and showcased the amazing talent we have here at Sacred Heart.

“We had excellent feedback from parents.

Sacred heart Wizard of Oz'Lily Eaton - the cat, and Leonie Beswick

Sacred heart Wizard of Oz'Lily Eaton - the cat, and Leonie Beswick

“Our talented dancers fused perfectly with the amazing actors to bring a production that had the audience on their feet singing along.

“I am so very proud of our entire cast.”

The cast, began rehearsals in February and dedicated hours of spare time, including dinner times and after school, to prepare for the show.

Staff had worked hard to produce large-scale sets, lavish costumes, complicated choreography and a musical score to help keep the audiences spell-bound.

Dorothy, who was played by Erin Brodrick, 10, said: “Because we have grown up together we have gained confidence from each other which has helped our performances.

“We can laugh at each other and know how to guide each other without offence.

“We just want each other to be the best we can be.”

Parents contributed by buying an array of costumes, from munchkins to scarecrows.

Dance tutor Nikki Rae also helped by tutoring the children on their dance skills to ensure they put their best feet forward on opening night.