'Fantastic entertainment' as Limerick schools continue musical collaboration for The Wiz

Alex Kiely, Therese Houghton and Sarah McDarby don their costumes for The Wiz

Alex Kiely, Therese Houghton and Sarah McDarby don their costumes for The Wiz

THE costumes are ready and the stage is set as Limerick schools Ardscoil Mhuire and St Munchin’s College continue a long-standing musical collaboration with The Wiz this weekend.

The annual school musical has become the cornerstone of transition year in both schools, who have been working together for almost 15 years on the much loved productions.

This year’s show, The Wiz, is the urban re-imaginging of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The music, written in the style of Motown, is directed in this production by Rhoda Cleary, and boasts famously upbeat tunes such as Ease On Down the Road and He’s The Wizard.

“A project on this scale gives students the opportunity to discover hidden talents. New friendships are formed. We’ve even had a few romances….some of which are still very much going strong to this day, even after ten years or so," laughs show director Mairead Shinners.

“For some, it’s their very first time on the stage, so the musical has opened new doors to artistic expression”.

Ardscoil Mhuire principal, Bríd Herbert would encourage all schools to engage in such an artistic process.

“The school musical offers each student the space to explore and challenge their innate strengths and potential, who only a few short months ago, may have shied away from public performance," she explained.

Ardscoil Mhuire Transition year Co-ordinator Anne Mitchell, promises that the show “offers a fantastic night’s entertainment for all the family to enjoy, with a selection of wonderful prizes to be won for the audience. We would love for families to start off the festive season in style with us in the Millennium Theatre”.

Performances of The Wiz take place from Friday to Sunday at LIT's Millennium Theatre. Tickets are €7 and €10 and are available from the schools.