Wizard of Oz @ NCIC

There’s no place like North Coast Integrated College

NCIC was proud to present their production of ‘The Wizard of OZ’ by Frank L Baum on 14th and 15th November. The shows played out in front of enthralled audiences on both nights. Guests from local primary schools and other community groups had also been wowed by the quality performances during two separate matinee shows.

Eimear Hughes, Head of Drama at NCIC, was in charge of directing the stellar cast, including her very own adorable pooch, Murphy as Toto. Mrs Hamill, Head of Music, was responsible for the amazing musical score. The principal players were supported by the talented chorus which was made up of pupils from North Coast Integrated College, Harpur’s Hill Primary School and Ballysally Primary School, all of whom made very convincing munchkins!

Cast as the Leading Lady, Dorothy was year 10 pupil, Lucy Mackey. Lucy talked of how this role was a dream come true for her, “When I auditioned, I was nervous because it has actually been one of my dream roles. I have loved every single second of being Dorothy”.

The trio of leading men was played by year 9 pupil, Tommy Capper as Tin Man and GCSE Performing Arts pupils, Alex Bradley and Orrin Glendinning as Scarecrow and Lion respectively. Another GCSE Performing Arts student, Cameron Kane took up the role of Professor Marvel. All actors were very excited for the performances and hoped all would go well and go well it certainly did!

The struggle between good and evil was the task of year 9 pupil Sarah Leslie, as the Wicked Witch and her classmate, another Sarah, Sarah Rice as Glinda. The roles of Auntie Em and Uncle Henry were played by Shaolin Henry and Peter Hynds, who also had the role of the Wizard of Oz himself.

The show was such a success and this was due not only to the talented cast but, to all the hard work of many different people behind the scenes from costume, make-up and hair to lighting and sound.

Over the two nights NCIC was transported to Kansas and Oz and back again. Dorothy knew there was no place like home and in Coleraine, there’s no place like North Coast Integrated College. What talent. What community spirit. What showmanship!