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Friday, March 14, 2014


Westville Girls High School presents The Wiz with help from some of Durban’s top theatre personalities.

As part of its celebration of 50 years of excellence, Westville Girls’ High School presents the groovy, soulful and feisty version of the classic tale of Dorothy’s journey to Emerald City, The Wiz, from March 21 to 27.

The Wiz, the urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is presented by kind permission of DALRO, promises great entertainment for the whole family as the audience is taken down the yellow brick road with ever-earnest but resolute Dorothy, scaredy-cat Lion who seeks some courage, a rusty Tinman who seeks a heart and the adorable Scarecrow who joins this motley crew in the hopes that he will get some brains from the Wiz.

“We are thrilled to present this delightful musical production as part of our 50th celebrations,” says Catherine Raw, Principal of WGHS. “We chose a musical to give our pupils the opportunity to showcase the huge variety of talent they possess and to involve as many girls as possible.”

Over 100 girls from the school will perform in the musical with some male contributions from Westville Boys High. The show is directed by drama teacher Claire Spinelli assisted by Roxanne Fuller, with costume co-ordination by Chelsea-Rae Martin.

The show boasts involvement of top Durban theatre professionals with Evan Roberts as musical director, set by well-known Durban theatre personality Bryan Hiles and graphics by MC, poet and artist Ewok Robinson. Award-winning lighting designer Michael Broderick adds his ambient-magic to the show and the technical stage management is being run by Jane Cross and Megan Levy of Darkhorse Productions. Some impressive choreography by Lyn Tottem and Chantal Laubscher of The Studio allows the talented cast of learners to shine in a variety of dance forms including ballet, tap and hip hop.

This updated and vibrant musical of the timeless tale of determination against all odds will be presented in the WGHS new Mary Johnstone Centre, which will be transformed into a unique performance space.

The Wiz runs from March 21 to 27 with shows at 19h00 on March 21, 24, 26 (special Gala/VIP performance) and March 27 with matinees on March 22 at 14h00, March 25 at 15h30 and a special performance for primary schools on March 27 at 10h00.

Tickets R50 (R30 for scholars and R20 for the primary schools’ production) booked through the school on 031 266 1258 or e-mailed to

For more information go to the Facebook site Westville Girls’ High School High – Alma Mater.