Fighting wicked witches, meeting munchkins and tackling tin men – all in a days work for the students of one Sheffield school.
Pupils at Sheffield Springs Academy, in Abourthorne, wowed audiences with their latest four-day production of The Wizard of Oz.
Known for its spectacular shows, the academy’s latest extravaganza certainly lived up to expectations, with amazing sets, creative costumes and wonderful performances from the cast, featuring students from across all of the year groups.
A timeless classic, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy Gale, who finds herself in the magical world of Oz after her family home is hit by a twister.
Intent on getting back to her beloved Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, she sets off on a quest to find the mysterious Wizard, who could be her one chance of getting back.
Playing to packed houses of over 600 people from the community– including the local primary schools – the cast belted out such favourites as Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead and Follow The Yellow Brick Road.
Leading the way on stage were Amy Daniels and Courtney White who shared the role of Dorothy.
Megan Pinder appeared as the Scarecrow, Emily Siddall and Emily Kitteringham played the Tin Man and Cori Sinclair and Nichelle Moyo shared the Cowardly Lion.
Russell Heritage, executive principal of Sheffield Springs Academy - part of the United Learning Trust - was extremely proud of the production and thanked everyone involved in making the show a success.
He said: “An enormous thank you to everyone across the academy who has been involved in putting the show together, with a particular mention to our sixth form students, who took responsibility for a large amount of the direction and choreography - they have done themselves and Sheffield Springs Academy proud.
“ Our annual production is always a highlight in the academy’s busy calendar and thanks to the efforts of all those involved, this year has been no exception.
“We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
The United Learning Trust includes 12 independent schools and 30 academies across the UK.