Not only is “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” visiting Melbourne’s western suburbs this December, the loved & cherished story is having a re-telling of epic proportions for some lucky youngsters from Newport, Altona North, Point Cook & surrounds. These singing, dance and drama students from the Artz Collective in Altona North in melbourne’s west are getting to see professionals at work whilst they prepare for their upcoming performance of “The Tales of the Wizard of Oz” at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute on December 9th & 10th.
Time Minturn, an original member of the Australian Touring cast of “Boy From Oz” & “Sunset Boulevard” plays the Cowardly Lion & joins Graham Pages, ( winner of the prestigious Green Room Award for his roles in the musical Prodigal Son & Peter Pan National Tour) as he plays the title role of the Wizard. For the past fifteen years Graham has been involved in Theatre in Education not only as an actor & director working with actors in Australia and New Zealand. Tim & Graham’s comic duo will be dropping in to star with with another darling of the Melbourne stage & well known performer, Ms Rachel Ledgerwood to feature as the Wicked Witch.
In an absolute master stroke, the students from the Artz Collective are now not only being coached by professional music theare performers, professional singers & dancers, but now they will actually be performing up on-stage alongside them, learning all the time through experience! What an opportunity for these western suburbs trained dancers, singers & actors.
Director, Ms Ziggy Clements, is “utterly thrilled” to have such seasoned & entertaining performers involved in this production, being so generous as to share their knowledge & pass on their skills. “I know having such a high calibre of featured artists in our production will be inspirational to all the Artz Collective students & am so proud to give them this opportunity”.
“The Tales of the Wizard of Oz” also featuring songs from “The Wiz & “Wicked” will be on at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute, December 9th & 10th & it will sell out, so be in quick! Bookings through Try booking or: http://www.trybooking.com/GIGC