Wizard of Oz Production


With only ten weeks to put on a show, the pressure was definitely on for the performing arts department at Moulsham, but with the commitment of students and staff ‘The Wizard of Oz’ production was yet again a huge success.

Taking part in a production is a rewarding experience and students quickly learnt that although it meant attending rehearsals before and after school, they would make new friendships and really enjoy being part of a team. With students taking part in Years 7 to 13, it was wonderful to see the younger students working and learning from those with more experience.   We are so proud of all the students.

Every member of the cast, the crew and the musicians had a key role to play to ensure the performance looked professional.  It was a proud moment for all staff when the cast took their bows on the final evening performance.  This was made even more special by the attendance of the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford who took the time to meet some of the cast backstage after the performance.

This year was the first year Moulsham ran a community evening, where members from local groups were invited to attend the opening night of the event.  It was wonderful to welcome people in through the gates of Moulsham and offer them a free evening of entertainment where they could see just how talented the students at this school are.  We are already looking to expand the community evening for next year, so watch this space.

Another important collaboration this year was working closely with ‘1159 Productions’.  The Managing Director of 1159 Production Company has always been involved on a professional basis through the hire of sound and lighting equipment.  Steve Roberts, ex-student and parent of a current student at Moulsham, volunteered many hours towards the production, helping to construct the set and stage, as well as managing the crew.  This year he was also celebrating 20 Years of 1159 Productions.  The Performing Arts department cannot thank Steve enough for all his support.

Mrs Rhodes, Head of Performing Arts at Moulsham High School said, ‘I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the parents and carers of all the students involved.  With five performances in four days, not only did you have to keep them well fed and motivated, but also contribute costumes and act as a taxi service bringing students to and from school.  Thank you so much!  Finally, well done again to everyone involved, everyone did a fantastic job, and I look forward to seeing you all next year’.