Centrestage Academy Leeds
We are a dance and drama school for children from the ages of 3 to 18 years We have a broad spectrum of classes from ballet babes through to majorettes,with everything else in between, tap, modern, street, ballet, dance, drama, gymnastics, singing, speech and finally performing arts.
This has been my passion for the last 20 years so I have decided on my anniversary and on the 80th anniversary of the film being released, that the children will be performing The Wizard Of Oz full theatre production.
There will be singing, dancing and all round fun and entertainment for all the family. For some of the children this will be their first time on a stage and for others their umpteenth as we regularly do shows and performances.
As principal, producer, director I am so proud of each and everyone of the children that will be appearing and cannot wait as the excitement builds.
So please follow Dorothy, the Lion, Tin Man and the Scarecrow down the yellow brick road all the way to Oz.
A teenage girl, Dorothy, lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em dreaming of faraway places (“Over The Rainbow”). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy (“Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and “Munchkin Land”). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. The Wicked Witch of the West, sister of the late Wicked Witch of the East, vows revenge upon Dorothy.
Dorothy meets the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. The Scarecrow wants to get a brain, and the Tin Woodman needs a heart (“If I Only Had a Brain”/ ”If I Only Had a Heart”). Dorothy suggests that the Wizard can help them too (“We’re Off to See the Wizard”). They then meet the Cowardly Lion (“If I Only Had the Nerve”). The four friends travel down the yellow brick road.
One of the most well-known and best-loved films in Hollywood history, The Wizard of Oz, stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton as well as the iconic Munchkins.
According to the Library of Congress, it is the most seen film in movie history and, in 1989, was among the first 25 films inaugurated into the National Film Registry. The Wizard of Oz also has the honor of having won two Oscars, one of which was, unsurprisingly, Best Music - Original Song for "Over The Rainbow." Judy Garland was also given an honorary Academy Juvenile Award.
Created for the Municipal Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri (the Muny) in 1942 and revived there several times, this is the very first stage adaptation following the 1939 release of the famous MGM movie of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The first Muny production featured Evelyn Wycoff as Dorothy and Al Downing as the Munchkin Mayor.