TAMROOKUM State School students went above and beyond today in their efforts to win tickets to Harvest Rain Theatre Company's production of The Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular.
When the curtain rises on opening night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on July 13, Scenic Rim dancers Ella and Indy-Rose Barry will take their place in the ensemble.
Their mother, Kooralbyn dance teacher Anita Barry, said it would be the first time in a major production for 10-year-old Tamrookum student Indy-Rose. Her sister Ella, who is a former Tamrookum student who now attends Beaudesert State High School, was in the Harvest Rain production of Grease last year.
"It's hard work - the girls will start rehearsals the weekend before the next school holidays and spend every day of the school break preparing for the production," she said.
"Ella had a great time doing Grease but she knows how much work it involves. The girls will leave home about 6am and get back about 6pm but it's all fun."
Ms Barry said she was grateful the school was so supportive.
"We love that the school community is backing these country kids to take part in these activities," she said.
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The Wizard of Oz parade saw local versions of Dorothy, the tin man, cowardly lion, scarecrow, witches and flying monkeys compete for the best dressed title, a VIP family pass to the show and the one position available in the online photo competition.
The online contest will be decided by public vote, with the overall winner earning 500 tickets to the final dress rehearsal performance of the show in July 12.
Principal Liz Salmoni said winning the grand prize would mean everyone in the Tamrookum State School community would have a seat at the performance.
The judges were Tamrookum State School's Janice Woodeson and Ron Lucas assisted by Beaudesert Times journalist Larraine Sathicq.
All agreed it had been a difficult task deciding who should take the best dressed, given the quality of all the contestants but named the winner as 8-year-old Brendan Scott, who came as the tin man complete with axe and oil can.
Voting starts Monday at wizardofozarena.com