Last night’s opening night of our Ascham School musical was nothing short of…. wicked!
Welcome to the Land of Oz, filled to its brim with the talented students of Ascham School, Sydney Grammar School and Cranbrook School. Cast and crew of our biannual Senior School musical had been working so hard to put the finishing touches on Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz before they opened with the first of five performances over four days.
The musical deals with very contemporary moral dilemmas and at the heart of the show are important questions about tolerance and acceptance. Wicked also asks about the nature of being good and whether we can ever judge anyone as being evil. The show raises crucial issues about propaganda for students who have grown up in a world where media often drives popular culture.
For the last eight months, the production team has worked together to realise the catalogue of orchestrations and songs that are part of this iconic show. Under the direction of Mrs Lynda O’Brien (Ascham’s Head of Drama), musical direction of Ms Lindy Montgomery (Ascham’s Coordinator of Vocal Studies) and choreography by Mr Daniel Dolling, our Ascham girls are joined by boys from Sydney Grammar and Cranbrook for a huge amount of fun on stage. We also offer heartfelt thanks to our supportive parents.
It certainly took a village to get this show on stage! Well done to the entire cast, crew and production team.
Photography: Brett Boardman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Orchestrations by William David Brohn
Music Arrangements: Alex Lacamoire & Stephen Oremus
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.