The Wizard of Oz
Therry's production of the Wizard of Oz is an absolute delight. It’s a lavish, colourful reproduction of the famous 1939 movie with a fantastic cast, supported by a real live puppy as Toto.
Leah Potter’s strong, sweet voice makes her a perfect Dorothy, and her companions The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are perfectly cast. Of special mention is Lee Cook’s fantastic physicality as the Tin Man. Emily Schwab’s Glinda is a perfect match for Shona Benson’s evil green Wicked Witch of the West and Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz is played by the amazing Norm Caddick; a true thespian with a rich history which shows in his characterisations. The Munchkins are played by a troupe of singing, dancing youths and their musical numbers are a load of fun.
The only problem with this funny, endearing production is that it goes on for too long, finishing at the two and a half hour mark. I’m not sure why amateur productions seem to experience this problem so often. A faster pace and a little editing would have created a better setting for this lovely gem.