Ripon’s Wiz kids set to impress with famous 70s Michael Jackson musical

The cast of Ripon Youth Theatre's production of The Wiz.

The cast of Ripon Youth Theatre's production of The Wiz.

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YOUNGSTERS from Ripon Youth Theatre will be performing hit musical The Wiz early next month.

The Wiz is the lively rock adaptation of the Wizard of Oz and originally featured Michael Jackson and Diana Ross as the Scarecrow and Dorothy in its 1978 film.

The stage musical was recently performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year starring Treyc Cohen from X-Factor.

Ripon Youth Theatre’s production will feature 30 of its young members from Ripon and Harrogate and is taking place at Ripon Grammar School on March 2-3 at 7.30pm.

The show promises to be fantastic entertainment for all the family containing high energy dance numbers and a selection rocking and soulful songs.

Ripon Youth Theatre is a registered charity which was set up by Ripon Amateur Operatic Society (RAOS) in 2010 to cater for its younger members.

It was formed following its successful production of Oliver! when the Society realised that not all of its shows could utilise and develop the talents of the children who had put on such a fantastic performance.

The members of RAOS will be performing Billy” the musical adaptation of Billy Liar from April 18-21 at Harrogate Theatre.

l Tickets costing £8 are available from Alan’s Gallery, Kirkgate, Ripon, (01765 690498) and Pomp & Circumstance, Commercial Street, Harrogate, (01423 504035).

l The Youth Theatre provides lessons in singing, acting and dance to local youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16.

l For information on joining, donating or helping, contact louise.chase@btinternet.com