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Craven College performing arts students performed the Wizard of Oz at the Mart Theatre, Skipton last week to packed houses including a sell-out performance on the opening night. Working alongside the theatrical media make-up students who did the make-up and special effects and the media students who filmed the show. The students enjoy working cross disciplines as they get the chance to work with new teams and put into practice their newly learned skills for the paying public.
The performing arts student Elliot Maloney's brainless Scarecrow, spineless in his straw-floppy movements, was steadfast in friendship. As the Tinman without a heart, Ben Wysocki may have been puppet-jointed, but his facial expressions were often close to rust-threatening tears. The roar of Toby Garbutt's cowardly lion resonated like an apologetic purr. The heart of the show was Pippa Game as Dorothy, expressing the perfect combination of innocence and wonder as she carried us off into the shared dream of Oz. However, the biggest star of the show was of course Toto, played by Poppy, the cute Yorkshire Terrier.
The audience gave some great feedback after the show including having their photographs taken with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and of course Toto, who particularly enjoyed the scene where he got to steal a sausage.
Duggie Speight, Head teacher at Carleton Endowed Primary School commented, "Just wanted to say how much we all really enjoyed the performance last night. The children that were in my car were all chatting non-stop about it all the way home. Thank you for letting us all come to this."
Chris Woodhead, a Governor at Craven College said, "My wife and I enjoyed the production on Saturday evening. We sat next to "Dorothy's" parents who were full of praise for you, the department and the College generally. They were particularly delighted with the experience their daughter was getting at the College. Looking forward to the next production"