Bundaberg High School's cast for their stage performance of The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy played by Jessica Sellinger, Morgan Watts (Aunt Em), Hayden Sharp (Scarecrow), Naomi Frick (Wicked Witch of the West), Rowan Lawton (Lion) and Juanita Dullaway (Tinman).
Bundaberg High School's cast for their stage performance of The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy played by Jessica Sellinger, Morgan Watts (Aunt Em), Hayden Sharp (Scarecrow), Naomi Frick (Wicked Witch of the West), Rowan Lawton (Lion) and Juanita Dullaway (Tinman). Scottie Simmonds

High schools get musical

TWO classical musicals are going to get their own Bundaberg twist as two high schools prepare for performances next weekend.

But despite being classics, the two musicals could not be any more different.

North Bundaberg High School has gone down the comedic route, scoring the rights to Robin Hood: Men in Tights from Brooksfilms in the US.

Bundaberg High School has gone the more traditional yet colourful route, bringing to life the well-loved Wizard of Oz.

With students at both schools locked in rehearsals since the beginning of the year, both plays promise to be an outstanding show of talent.

North Bundaberg High School Year 12 student Doug Brown landed the title role of Robin Hood in his first drama production.

Brown, who has done drama since Year 11, is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's been hard to learn all my lines but it's been really fun," he said.

Brown said many people would be familiar with the storyline, but promised a North Bundaberg High twist to the production.

"It's definitely different," he said.

Drama teacher and director Sue Latimer said part of the changes had been to clean up the script to make it more "school friendly".

But she said it was the combination of comedy and musical numbers which attracted the teachers to the script.

"It's a really funny play and there is lots of scope for singing and dancing within that as well," she said.

About 120 students have been involved in the production, both onstage and as a part of the crew.

While Brown has been battling the Sheriff of Rottingham, Wizard of Oz lead Jessica Sellinger has had her own challenges on the Yellow Brick Road at Bundaberg High School.

The seasoned performer, who has been in both Bundaberg Playhouse and previous school productions, has been having a crash course in puppetry as she learned to handle Dorothy's pet dog, Toto.

Made by teacher Warren Duxbury, the puppet will spend most of the production on Sellinger's arm.

"You have to focus on two things," she said.

"It's not just your lines and where you have to go, but where the dog is going to look and how he will be acting in that scene."

Sellinger said she had been slowly learning with Mr Duxbury's help.

Mr Duxbury said the play had been chosen because the story was so well-loved and colourful.

 

Men in Tights

What: Robin Hood Men in Tights by North Bundaberg High School

When: May 24 from 7pm and May 25 from 7pm

Where: North Bundaberg High School Hall

Tickets: From the school or at the door

 

Wizard of Oz

What: The Wizard of Oz by Bundaberg High School

When: May 25 from 7pm and May 26 from 7pm

Where: Moncrieff Theatre

Tickets: $19 adults, $16 concession, $10 children under 10 - Available from the box office



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