Fun and laughter on the Yellow Brick Road
Published 24/12/2013 | 05:30
THEY followed the yellow brick road to St. Brigid's Hall in Carnew for three nights last week, as the students of Coláiste Bhríde Carnew brought Munchkinland to life in their production of 'The Wizard of Oz'.
The cast of over 60 students and teachers enthralled three full houses with their take on the classic musical. Under the expert direction of Sinead Finlay, the talented cast took the audience on a humorous, tearful, and always entertaining journey to The Emerald City.
Dorothy, played by Melissa Larkin, delighted the audiences with her beautiful rendition of much loved songs such as 'Somewhere over the Rainbow,' while her companions: the Scarecrow (Micheal Browne); the Tin Man (Eoin O'Donnell); and the Lion (Patrick Lancaster), also greatly added to the fun.
Toto the dog, or Coco Chanel Rothwell, stole many hearts and performed her parts right on cue.
Bringing an appropriate tone of menace to the tale was Anna Hennessy playing The Wicked Witch of the West, with the help of her Winkie Army and Flying Monkeys. Joseph Fuller made an appearance as The Wizard of Oz towards the end of the show, and helped bring the story to an enjoyable end.
The musical performances were directed by Teresa Glynn, and Choreography was undertaken by Siobhan Carley and past pupil Keara Butterly.
Principal Linda Dunne congratulated all involved in such a wonderful production. She emphasised that such an achievement is possible only due to great teamwork and she commended all the set designers, backstage crew, front of house, those involved in ticket sales and promotion, cast members, dance, drama and musical directors, lighting and sound teams.
She thanked everyone for their time, expertise, and dedication over the previous twelve months of rehearsals. In particular she thanked Ms. Finlay for her unrivalled commitment to musical theatre in Coláiste Bhríde.