BCSS students put a twist to Wizard of Oz

Each of the three rotations of grade 8-9 BCSS drama students put their own spin to the classic Wizard of Oz.

The BCSS Grade 8-9 drama class presented the Wizard of Oz in stage last week. Here Pattie Kirschner (left)

The BCSS Grade 8-9 drama class presented the Wizard of Oz in stage last week. Here Pattie Kirschner (left)

Grade 8 and 9 BCSS students finished their drama rotation with an entertaining performance of the Wizard of Oz for their parents and friends – with a few twists.

Dorothy was from Alabama, not Kansas. That was so the kid could end their show with a dance routine to Sweet Home Alabama.

There was some cross-dressing – but that wasn’t explained.

Drama teacher Sarah Tripp said the class were really keen and came in during their lunch to practice.

Tripp said there were three rotations of grade 8-9 students doing the same production every six weeks – so the challenge was making it different every time.

“The first rotation we did just a plain, straightforward Wizard of Oz – no singing and only a bit of movement.”

“The second rotation we had Keegan Kappes in that rotation and a couple of good singers so Keegan played the keyboard for Somewhere Over the Rainbow and other musical pieces.”

“This final rotation we decided to add some dancing and to change up the characters to give it a slapstick element. The kids came out with some of their own jokes.”

“There is a real interest in drama and music and some really good skill,” declared Tripp. “They want it. Kids that would be challenged otherwise really shine in a class like this.”

“I am so proud of what they pulled together in five weeks.”