Magical show wows 'em
DOROTHY, the Good Witch of the West, the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wizard of Oz were loose in Elanora last week.
Currumbin Valley State Primary School revisited the much-loved film and stage classic because of its terrific music, costumes and characters, principal Kerry Welch said.
"We had a dress rehearsal during the day, for people who could not attend the full performance," Ms Welch said.
"Then we put on a full performance with a cast of 98, for more than 360 people.
"It was a big production."
Nearly every child in the small school played a part in the mini stage spectacular.
Whether designing props, creating costumes, organising back stage procedures or singing, all children rehearsed and finally wowed the Elanora State High School community.
Ms Welch said parent Casey Patrick deserved a lot of thanks for her role in directing the play.
"Really, we could not have done this without her and the amazing community we have, which rallied to put it together."
She said that as she joined the school mid-production, she did not know why the Wizard of Oz was chosen but its popularity among young and old was a factor in its success.
"We're a small school, out near the rock pools," Ms Welch said.
"It's been amazing for them.
"We've seen some children grow so much through the drama and design work they've been practising.
"It's also given some a lot of self-confidence they didn't have before.
"From when they started performing in front of people to now - it's amazing the transformation.
"Plus the confidence is transferable to a lot of other areas.
"(It involved) the use of a wide range of skills they'll be able to use over and over again."
Friday's event was the school's final performance.
But keep an eye out for film stars of the future and you just might spot a former Currumbin Valley State Primary School student.
Ms Welch said she wanted to thank Elanora High for the venue.
"There was no way we could have put this on at our school.
"We don't even have a hall."