KGV Students Journey to Oz in College Production


Following many months of rehearsals, preparation and planning, students at King George V College performed their production of The Wiz, an urban retelling of the classic Wizard of Oz, to a packed out theatre.

As the students became the much adored characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion who embark on their journey to meet The Wiz, the audience laughed along with jokes and enjoyed such hits from the soundtrack as ‘Slide Some Oil to Me’ and ‘Be a Lion’.

Jonathan Cotterall, Course Leader for Drama & Theatre Studies, and Director of ‘The Wiz’ said: “The success of the show is a testament to the hard work, talent and commitment of the students.”

In this production, Ruby Campbell played Dorothy, a lost girl from Kansas who finds herself in the land of Oz. She was joined by Rachel Newnham who played Scarecrow, Christopher Stoops as Tin Man, Josh Berrington as Lion, and Kai Simpson as The Wiz.

Other cast members included: Nina Taylor, Adam Roberts, Robyn Flannery, Kiaya Pedder, Laura Burgess, Ryan Hardy, Jay McAdam, Georgia Nunn, and Emma Jervis. Students from other subjects such as Music helped out behind the scenes.

Christopher Stoops, an A-Level Student studying Drama & Theatre Studies, Spanish, French, and Music, said: “It’s been really enjoyable throughout, the musical numbers were great fun to choreograph, and there was a friendly and creative atmosphere from the beginning of the process to the end.”

“You could really feel the sense of community during all the rehearsals,” added Ruby Campbell, an A-Level student of Drama & Theatre Studies, Geography, and Fine Art. “It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve made lots of friends.”

The performance took place in our new Creative Arts building which was opened last June. This was part of a £4 million investment to provide state of the art facilities for our Arts subjects such as Drama, Art, and Film, all of which now house independent studios for students of these subjects.

For more information on Drama & Theatre Studies at KGV click here.


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