CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE

THE WIZARD OF OZ

 

THE REP THEATRE, STOKE-ON-TRENT

12TH TO 16TH NOVEMBER, 2013

 

SYNOPSIS

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

 

REVIEW

The North Staffs Operatic Society's production of The Wizard of Oz certainly brightened up a dreary November night.

I stepped out on to the yellow brick road at Stoke Rep to meet all the well-loved characters.

The role of Dorothy Gale, the girl who is transported to the Land of Oz, is critical to the success of the show.

In Lydia Hall, the society has found a worthy successor to Judy Garland. She sang, acted and danced to professional standard and is an expert dog handler too.

As Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, Gareth Ridge, Tom Pear and John Stone respectively were a joy to watch.

When the three of them and Dorothy were on stage together, there really was an element of magic present.

Brett McIntyre as the Wicked Witch of the West was malevolent enough to frighten most of the children (and adults) in the first night audience, while Kate McCredie reassured us that good would triumph in the end.

There were some brief but telling cameo performances from the three crows and the apple trees.

A delightful youth company and small adult chorus combined with the principals very effectively, particularly in The Munchkin Song, The Merry Old Land of Oz and the Jitterbug numbers.

The entire company was supported by a tuneful and unobtrusive orchestra while a combination of back projections and traditional sets provided everything from a cyclone to an Emerald City.

FEATURED CAST

Dorothy Lydia Hall

Lion / Zeke  John Stone

Tin Man / Hickory Tom Pear

Scarecrow / Hunk Gareth Ridge

Uncle Henry / Guard Rob Lawton

Aunt Em/Glinda Kate Mccredie

Miss Gultch / Wicked Witch Brett Mcintyre

Wizard Of Oz / Professor John Hall

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Choreographer Rachel Millar

Stage Director Terry Wright

Musical Director Liz Talbot

Assistant Choreographer Hayley Waddell

Props Director Sandra Morris

Wardrobe Director Joy Rawlins

 

 

 

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CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE