We’re off to see the Wizard - the wonderful Wizard of Oz

Following The Yellow Brick road ' the whole cast of Peele Community College in The Wizard of Oz. SG010215-108TW
Following The Yellow Brick road ' the whole cast of Peele Community College in The Wizard of Oz. SG010215-108TW
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Students from Long Sutton’s Peele Community College are performing their wonderful production of The Wizard of Oz tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

School doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm performances both nights – and audiences are guaranteed fantastic, fun-filled shows.

I'll put a spell on you ... Carianne Davies as Wicked Witch of the West and Summer Mace as Good Witch. SG010215-111TW

I'll put a spell on you ... Carianne Davies as Wicked Witch of the West and Summer Mace as Good Witch. SG010215-111TW

Auditions were held in September and, since then, students have been giving up their free time at nights and weekends to make sure they deliver a polished performance.

Rebecca Edwards, who plays Dorothy, said: “I have really enjoyed preparing for the show, it has kept me busy and I have made some good friends.

“I am already involved with Act II in musical theatre classes in Spalding but this has really boosted my confidence.”

Scarecrow (Ellen Debney), Lion (Ryan Norman) and Tin Man (Adam Horspool) are also delighted to be in the show.

All smiles ' Tin Man (Adam Horspool) and Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards). SG010215-115TW

All smiles ' Tin Man (Adam Horspool) and Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards). SG010215-115TW

Ellen said she couldn’t praise the chorus enough as they actually make the show.

She said: “It has been really hard work and we have to be dedicated but it is totally worth it.”

Ryan said: “This is the first year that I have been involved in doing this and it has been great to get to know other students that I had never met before.

“I have loved being involved in this show and didn’t realise how much I loved acting and will definitely be involved in other shows in the future.

Scarecrow Ellen Debney and Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards) in action during a dress rehearsal. SG010215-121TW

Scarecrow Ellen Debney and Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards) in action during a dress rehearsal. SG010215-121TW

“My favourite part is the song I perform on my own and I feel really proud. I am looking forward to my family coming to watch as they will be surprised as they have never seen me doing anything like this before.

“It has now inspired me to go into professional acting.”

Adam said: “We had a bit of a shaky start but now it’s all come together. I am pleased I took part in the auditions and got the part of Tin Man. We have all put in a lot of effort and it has been a great atmosphere – everyone is really friendly.”

The cast have performed a matinee for 290 children from schools including Lutton St Nicholas, Gedney Church End and Westmere.

Tin Man (Adam Horspool) in search of a heart with a little help from Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards). SG010215-124TW

Tin Man (Adam Horspool) in search of a heart with a little help from Dorothy (Rebecca Edwards). SG010215-124TW

Ryan Norman as Lion, Adam Horspool as Tin Man, Ellen Dobney as Scarecrow and Rebecca Edwards as Dorothy. SG010215-112TW

Ryan Norman as Lion, Adam Horspool as Tin Man, Ellen Dobney as Scarecrow and Rebecca Edwards as Dorothy. SG010215-112TW