Our Lady takes Dalby to the wonderful land of Oz
IN LIBBY Baxter's 21 years of teaching at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, The Wiz is by far the most challenging but rewarding musical she has assisted with.
But as director, Ms Baxter has faith that, come opening night this Friday, her students will deliver a show to be remembered for the ages.
The cast for this year's musical is much smaller and has students from Years 5 to 12, whereas in previous years the musical has been restricted to the senior school.
"That's probably the best decision we've ever made,” Ms Baxter said.
"They've been fantastic.”
Despite its challenges, the cast members are confident they will be able to deliver a stellar performance.
School captain Laura May will be taking to the stage for the last time before she graduates in reprising the role of the lion, which she says has been a crowd-favourite character.
"Everyone's so excited by it,” she said.
"Everyone loves the costume, they love the character, it's like the fun one to play.
"I just love the reaction to just how everyone loves the character.”
Clancy Biggar has the tough role of playing the tin man.
Despite not being able to scratch his nose without removing his make-up and having to move his body with the rigidity of a man made of tin, he said the role was very rewarding.
"My favourite song is What Would I Do If I Could Feel? because it's just a real ballad song,” he said.
"I'm looking forward to being on stage with these guys, it's going to be pretty good.
"We've got a pretty good friendship going, we're pretty tight.
"I'm pretty keen to go up there with everyone.”
Penelope Cartwright is one of the youngest cast members and said she was grateful to have a minor role playing a munchkin.
"I feel pretty relieved - the youngest person wouldn't be the main role, of course,” she said.
"It's new to have someone really young in the musical.
"I've always been trying to be involved in acting and trying to find little groups with acting.”
After all the hours put in and sacrifices made by the cast and crew, the school is set to put on a magical performance.
Tickets start at $10. Opening show is at 7pm tonight at the Dalby Great Hall.