Wizard of Oz Dazzles Bahrain…
November saw the unforgettable Infant and Junior Schools’ trips to see the marvellous West End’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Cultural Hall. The delightful performance captivated us, with the extremely talented characters: Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the lion taking us on a magical journey along the Yellow Brick Road, through the Land of Oz. The children gasped at the wicked witch and sang along to such favourites as ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’. We laughed and clapped throughout this breath-taking performance and returned to school with beams on our faces as wide as Dorothy’s when she was reunited with Toto.
Special thanks must go to the children who were impeccably behaved and a credit to St Christopher’s and to the parents who kindly supported this wonderful trip. Thank you for being so ‘Oz some’!
To quote Mr Lee Churchill,
‘The effects and staging were quite simply stunning. The set and costumes could hardly be better if you had an entire regiment of designers working on them for the rest of the century. The moving yellow brick road was projected onto a huge screen. The twister scene, during which Dorothy and Toto get swept off to The Land of Oz, was created mostly with exceptionally fine projections. Furniture, fence posts and sundry bits and pieces all got swept up inside the tornado as it wreaked havoc on the farm. Overall, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was enormous fun. It had all the magical ingredients, which makes the audience believe they are on the same emotional journey as the characters. It was an amazing day out and was fantastic entertainment for both the children and teachers, alike.’
Suffice to say, this was a truly inspirational production that taught us many lessons; not least among them this immortal quote from the Great Oz himself,
“Nothing is impossible if you just put your mind to it.”