Gad’s Juniors lit-up the stage when they performed an animated interpretation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in their school theatre last night.
Dorothy and her new friends followed the specially-constructed Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard, taking a captivated audience on a magical journey featuring professional choreography and flawless solos from children as young as 10.
The annual musical is a highlight of the Juniors’ second half of Spring term, with every child from years three to six taking part.
Weeks of rehearsals in drama lessons culminate in a two-night show that never fails to amaze the crowd, with seats selling-out within hours of being released to proud parents, friends of the school and fellow Junior and Senior students showing their support.
Headmaster David Craggs congratulated the cast on another ‘fantastic’ production, before thanking the many teachers and staff that helped make it such a success.
He went on to praise the dedication and commitment of Director of Music John Stone for his talent in supporting the children, and always bringing out the best in them musically.
Mr Craggs also credited Artistic Director and professional dance and drama teacher, Mrs Crowter, for her ‘outstanding choreography’ and ‘energy and warmth’ when working with the children.
The children clapped and cheered, maybe even louder than the audience did for them, when Mrs Crowter was invited on stage to receive a huge bouquet of flowers from the cast.
The Headmaster continued: “We are very lucky here at Gad’s to have specialist teachers who dedicate their time to providing musical and theatrical coaching.
“Our children thrive in these extra-curricular lessons and judging by the many beaming smiles on stage tonight, I am sure some very special memories have been made.”
Eleven-year-old Head of Gad’s Junior Wellington House, Puneet Sian, from Sevenoaks said: “I really enjoyed getting into the role of the Scarecrow and the crowd’s great reaction helped keep me focussed.
“The is our last year as Juniors and it’s been so fun to put on a show with my classmates and friends.”