Theatre school’s Wizard! show

Andrea White and her Dance Arts Theatre School pupils are eagerly looking forward to proudly presenting their super show Wizard!

Andrea White and her Dance Arts Theatre School pupils are eagerly looking forward to proudly presenting their super show Wizard!

Full of colour and vitality, the show will be performed at the Barnfield Theatre this Saturday (July 11), at 3pm and 7pm, as a tribute to Andrea's mother, Julie Gilbert, who died earlier this year. Exmouth Journal chief photographer Simon Horn and I dropped in on a costume rehearsal and sampled some of the delights of the show.

We met the cast of the Dance Arts adaptation of The Wizard of Oz which included Dorothy (Francesca White), Tin Man (David Pewsey), Lion (Adam Lau), Scarecrow (Jamie Lau), Munchkins with their Mayor (Lucy Vincent), Glinda (Niamh Smith), Uncle Henry (Matt Hartley) and Aunt Emm (Louise Leigh), not to forget Toto (played by Eddie, courtesy of owner Georgina Castle). Caterina Lau made an awesome Wicked Witch.

We were enchanted by a wonderful "Big Ballet" version of the Strauss Viennese Waltz led by beautiful ballerinas Fiona Wells, Caterina Lau and Francesca White, with many younger people playing their parts with joy and charm. The dynamic duo of Caterina and Fiona thrilled with the dance duet and they joined other girls Taryn Taylor, Niamh Smith and Francesca White in Sandra Dee from Grease. There was some energetic street dancing by the senior boys,


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These and many other delights will be on show at Wizard! which may also include a sensational surprise. Tickets �8 and �6 are available from the Barnfield Box Office - telephone: (01392) 270891.

Roger Simmonds

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