St John’s on-the-Hill School’s musical The Wizard of Oz wowed audiences with superb singing, comedy and high energy dancing. The 47 strong cast of Year 7 and 8 pupils put on three performances of the classic tale on Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March to packed-out audiences at the school.

Connie Davies shone in the lead role as Dorothy. A tornado takes her to a strange land, full of small people called Munchkins, witches and magical characters. Despite being far away from home Dorothy makes friends – a scarecrow who can talk (Lily Salter), a tin man (Ollie Taylor) and a very fearful lion (Wilfred Green) who embark on a journey together in the hope that the Wizard of Oz (Finlay Gemson) will make their deepest wishes come true. Dorothy realises that there is ‘no place like home’ and that life is not always what it seems.

Rachael Shakeshaft, Head of Drama and Director of Studies at St John’s, said: “Audiences were thrilled to be transported over the rainbow by our talented pupils. They worked incredibly hard to learn their lines, the songs and choreography needed to pull off this challenging production. It was a brilliant team effort with the cast supported by a professional orchestra and many people behind the scenes working on the set, amazing costumes and props, all of which made it truly memorable.”