TALENTED Wee County youngsters stunned capacity crowds during a series of stage shows in Edinburgh last month

The eight aspiring actors and actresses, who attend the local Forefront Stage School in Alloa, appeared in The Wizard of Oz with production company Beyond Broadway.

They ran five shows in July with local Sarah Kerr taking on the lead role of Dorothy.

She impressed with her on-point vocals, strong acting skills and impressive control of her real life sidekick Toto.

Taylor Williams was Oz, immersing the audience in his wacky and zany world while Nadia Smith, Kirsty Cowie, Kieran McLennan, Aimee Welsh and Hayley Smith were also all at the forefront of the show, each giving standout performances.

Erin Aitken joined the younger section of the cast, which was more than 200 strong, performing as a colourful and energetic Munchkin.

The classic piece took the audience from Kansas to Munchkinland – with the iconic tornado scene employing more than 100 performers.

There was an abundance of colour, movement and creativity along the yellow brick road with song and dance helping to narrate the story.

The local group each had to undergo a series of auditions and rehearsals over an intense two week period before the show came to the King’s Theatre in the capital.

Amber Rennie, proud principal of Forefront Stage School, said she was delighted to see her pupils "leading the way".

She added: “The show was fantastic and I was really encouraged to see so many from Forefront play such a big part.

“They’re all an absolute credit to both the Wee County and Forefront.”

For more information on the Alloa-based stage school, visit forefrontstageschool.co.uk