Young performers’ ambitions took flight as they ‘defied gravity’ in their own version of two popular musicals.
Year 11 BTEC pupils at Bispham High School created their own version of Wicked and The Wizard Of Oz after seeing Wicked on stage at the Manchester Palace Theatre last year.
The teens from the Bispham Road school saw the crossover of the two stories in the musical.
The Wizard Of Oz follows the adventures of young Dorothy when she is swept away to the Land of Oz and befriends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion after coming between the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the East.
Wicked tells a parallel story of the Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with the Good Witch of the North.
The teens then created their own story, learning lines and taking on characters as well as marketing it, selling tickets, working backstage, buying in props and costumes and working the front of house.
The cast took on the roles of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch of the North, Nessarose the Wicked Witch of the East, the Wizard, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy, Cowardly Lion and Madame Morrible the real evil character revealed in the story.
Teacher Sarah Bagot said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these students who have dedicated themselves completely to the project.
“These eight teenagers came together as a newly formed BTEC performing arts group in September 2012.
“They had never worked together before and, this time last year, would never have got up on the stage to perform.
“Wicked Oz has been the most amazing project to work on and was a total success.”
And the performance gave the children chance to raise money for charities, from ticket sales, refreshments and a raffle.
A total of £200 was raised to be donated to Prostate Cancer UK and the Neuro Muscular Centre, a support centre for people with muscular dystrophy.