“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” These words of wisdom from the Great Wizard of Oz, were received with thunderous applause from the audience who had come to witness the staging of ‘Miss Wiz’, a theatrical production of GEMS Our Own English High School – Dubai. Mr Kevin Oliver, Cultural Director of the GEMS Education, directed the musical, an adaptation of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum as a start to the school’s Golden Jubilee celebration.
A total of 144 students trained rigorously for more than two months to make the musical the phenomenal success it turned out to be. Dorothy, played by Parvathy Nair, turned in a real star performance, particularly during her wonderful rendition of ‘There is no Place Like Home’. And though convincingly wicked, the Witch of the West, played by Hebah Innah, won over the audience thanks to her often fierce and committed performance. Equally commendable were the performances of the Scarecrow, the Lioness and Tin Woman, played by Pranamya Belvai, Joann Gallyot and Chaithanya Manoj respectively. Rheanne Lewis and Paloma Veigas portrayed the feminine avatar of the title role with finesse and genuine flair.
Miss Wiz has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on both audiences and participants and, was much loved by everyone who saw it.