THE fantastic community that supports the Gateway Academy recently visited the Ellis Theatre at the Marshfoot Road site, to see a spectacular performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
The performance told the famous 1939 American musical fantasy story of Dorothy and her friends; Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Friendly Lion, not forgetting the good and bad witches! The show was widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history in its time and the students certainly portrayed the events with confidence and pride.
Head of Drama, Mr Andrew Palmer, said “It has been a brilliant experience, working with such a young and talented cast. Other than three students, they were all in Year 7 and 8. The tech and back stage crew were also made up of purely students, and they offered a very professional supporting role, especially as this was their first event.
Their dedication and focus in their approach to rehearsals and the performance has been truly inspiring. Hopefully we can build on this success and continue to present enjoyable and entertaining drama involving the whole community. The beauty of productions like this is how it brings people together, a shared experience and something that will last in their memories forever. We are already working together on our next re-telling of another classic story, written in-house. Watch this space!”
Head of School, Mrs Grainne McLaughlin, also commented “At the Academy, we are passionate about the Arts and it is fantastic to see how many of our young students were involved in this production. I am incredibly proud of our students and staff, particularly Mr Palmer for their hard work, dedication and passion that ensured that parents, students and the community enjoyed a wonderful evening packed with talented performers.”