The Wizard of Oz, Playbox Theatre, until Dec 31
This production is an enchanting interpretation of the iconic 1930’s MGM movie
starring Judy Garland and the young Playbox cast and production team certainly do it
Young Dorothy and the family farmhouse get blown away in a storm and she finds
herself in the far off land of Oz where she has become a hero as her house landed
on the Wicked Witch of the East. She then meets some wonderful characters
including a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion as she tries to find her way
However, the Wicked Witch of the West now stands in her way. Dorothy and her new
found friends then ask for help from the Wizard who demands that they bring him the
Young Dorothy and her companions learn many important lessons along the way and
she certainly comes to the conclusion that there’s ‘no place like home’.
All the main cast give strong performances and Natasha Chapple (pictured) is particularly
impressive as the innocent and sincere yet determined Dorothy who even manages
to maintain her Kansas accent throughout the well known songs.
There is some imaginative choreography and some extremely tuneful singing from
the entire cast including the lively Munchkins and the rest of the energetic Ensemble.
Excellent use is made of lighting, technology and effects in order to bring the whole
production to life.
The performance definitely held the attention of the many children in the audience
whilst the adults all left the theatre with the famous songs going through their heads.
Certainly nobody will have left feeling disappointed and it provides great Christmas
entertainment for children and adults alike.