YOUNG dancers preparing for a forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz have hit upon a novel way to dramatise a particularly tricky scene. The Bideford-based Edge Performing Arts Academy is using remembrance poppy umbrellas to represent the poppy field

YOUNG dancers preparing for a forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz have hit upon a novel way to dramatise a particularly tricky scene.The Bideford-based Edge Performing Arts Academy is using remembrance poppy umbrellas to represent the poppy field scene where Dorothy falls prey to the Wicked Witch of the West's evil sleep spell."While searching for a solution on how to stage the scene, we discovered the umbrellas and decided that not only would they look incredibly effective on stage, but using them would go to help a great cause," said artistic director Kelly Hadden.The scene is being choreographed by dance teacher Helen French and youngsters are currently busy rehearsing ahead of two performances on December 13 and 14 at the Edgehill Theatre in Bideford. The performances will also help raise money for Children's Hospice South West.To see the umbrellas in action, contact Kelly on 07882 501738 or visit the website www.doyouhavetheedge.co.uk for tickets.Or, answer the following simple question and send your answer on the back of a postcard to "Edge Wizard of Oz Competition", North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8PB.There are pairs of tickets available for the first two correct entries drawn on Monday, December 1.QUESTION: What colour road does Dorothy take to the Emerald City?