St.Ailbe’s all set for The Wonderful Wizz of Oz

Playing the leading roles in the upcoming St Ailbe�"s Secondary School production of, ��The Wizz of Oz�".Front row left to right: Darragh Cusse (The Lion), Robert O�"Donnell (Scarecrow), Joanne Kennedy (Dorothy), Darragh Bourke (Tin Man) and Alan Peters (Understudy Scarecrow).Second row left to right: Maeve O Gorman (Addaperle), Ciara O Connell (Glinda) and Catherine Jenkins (Aunt Em).Third row: Darragh McGrath (The Wizz).
The students of St. Ailbe’s secondary school are in rehearsals for their upcoming annual musical, ‘The Wonderful Wizz Of Oz, based on the book by L. Frank Baum.

The students of St. Ailbe’s secondary school are in rehearsals for their upcoming annual musical, ‘The Wonderful Wizz Of Oz, based on the book by L. Frank Baum.

In 2011 St Ailbe’s revived their annual musical tradition with their production of ‘Blood Brothers’ and in 2012 they performed, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. This year they are proud to present their biggest musical to date, featuring an all school cast to be performed in their brand new state of the art Sports Hall.

From a tumbledown farm in Kansas, Dorothy is blown by a terrifying tornado into Munchkin Land in the Land of Oz. On the Yellow Brick Road, she makes friends with a brainless Scarecrow, a heartless Tinman and a Cowardly Lion. Together they venture to seek the all powerful Wizz.

“We are all excited and each day the students go to the stage school that is alive with rehearsals of song dance and acting in the late afternoon,” said student Darragh McGrath, playing the role of The Wizz.  

Teacher Ailish Hayes is the Musical Director, Siobhain Hall is the Chorographer and Mirium Ball and Siobhain Casey are assistants to production.

“The production promises to be magical with musical numbers such as, ‘Ease on Down The Road’ and ‘He’s the Wizz,’ in style and facilities that rival the west end,” said Ms. Hayes.

The show opens on Wednesday, March 20 at 11am with a matinee performance for local national schools. On Thursday, March 21 at 11am there is a matinee for transition year students from the local schools and St. Ailbe’s students.

Evening performances are on Thursday, March 21 at 8pm and Friday March 22 at 8pm. All are welcome. Tickets available from Clodagh at the school office. Tel: 062 51905 for further information.

The Cast: Dorothy (Joanne Kennedy), Scarecrow (Robert O’Donnell), Scarecrow Understudy (Alan Peters), Tinman (Darragh Bourke), Lion (Darragh Cusse), The Wizz (Darragh McGrath), Addaperle (Maeve O’Gorman), Evillene (Lianne Malone), Glinda (Ciara O’Connell) Glinda understudy (Lauren Browne), Aunt Em (Catherine Jenkins), Uncle Henry (Garreth Price), Royal Gatekeeper (George Broadhurst) and Lord High Underling (Kevin Flynn). Wishing them the best of luck!