The Customs House Summer School Meets The Mayor

Published: 6th August 2022

The Customs House Summer School were delighted to welcome two very special guests to their Wizard of Oz rehearsal on Friday when they were joined by Mayor of South Shields Pat Hay and Mayoress Jean Copp. The summer school cast took the dignitaries on a jaunt down the yellow brick road, treating them to an exquisitely choregraphed Jitter Bug, and a stunning solo rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by 16-year-old Liv Young, who plays Dorothy in the show. Councillor Hay was visibly delighted with the performance, chatting with the cast, offering encouragement to the young performers, and posing for photographs. She also met with the “Munchkin Mayor” – played by 11-year-old Grace Frank – offering some solidly sage advice from one Mayor to another; “Be assertive, be aware of what’s going on around you and enjoy it.”

Councillor Hay added “I really enjoyed my visit today, it’s lovely to see young people performing and taking an interest in performing arts, and what was particularly interesting was that there was a lot of girls involved, there’s some amazing talent on display “

The Customs House Summer School offers young people the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals as part of a theatre show during the holidays. Their latest production The Wizard of Oz, featuring performers aged 7 to 16, follows several spectacular summer shows including The Addams Family, We Will Rock You, and High School Musical.

The Customs House Summer School Producer, Gareth Hunter commented “It was a fantastic experience for the cast to perform for the Mayor today. We are honoured that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to visit us. Her encouragement and advice really is an inspiration to the young performers. “

The Wizard Of Oz is at The Customs House from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th August. Tickets are priced from £13 and available online at , from the box office in person, or on (0191) 454 1234.