The Wiz raises over £75,000 for the charity


Following twelve days of intensive rehearsals, 140 local school children have taken to the big stage at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for a very special production of The Wiz. Raising vital funds for local hospice care, the matinee and evening shows took place on Sunday 27th August, packed full of groovy 70s funk, rock and Motown music.

“The show was just fabulous, the talent was incredible throughout, with such amazing voices, singing, dancing, acting and direction.” Shared Shama, who came to watch her daughter Aarnavi in the show. “Our family enjoyed the show and Aarnavi had the best time, she loved every day of rehearsals with her new friends. The team made each and every one of the children feel like stars, and all whilst raising funds for such an important cause.”

Produced in partnership with Bucks Music Trust, sponsored by many local businesses including Lightfoots Solicitors and Barratt David Wilson Homes, and supported by William Harding’s Charity and Bucks Radio, the project brought local communities together for a spectacular one-day-only performance that raised over £75,000 for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity to provide local hospice care.

“We did it, our amazingly talented cast absolutely smashed it! With only twelve days to rehearse, the children took the challenge in their stride and absolutely surpassed all our expectations.” Explained Amy Quinlan, Senior Fundraiser for Special Event and Projects for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “Emotions ran high after the show with feelings of relief and excitement, many children and parents already asking to do it all over again. This production has meant so much to so many people.

To our teams of costume makers, parents, chaperones, cast, sponsors, supporters, musicians, tech team and the whole direction and production team – we all did it together. Thank you, it really was something special that we will never forget.”

Our next production, Nativity! The Musical takes to the Wycombe Swan Theatre stage on Saturday 28th October, to find out more click here

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