Timeless. It is probably the one word that sums up The Wizard of Oz. A staple of family Christmases, there is no doubt that every year this film will be watched and enjoyed by thousands. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the stage musical has lost none of its sparkle and through the determination and sheer camaraderie of Quarry Bank Musical Theatre Society, they undoubtedly proved that this show can still pull in crowds and thrill audiences (both children and adults!).
Captivating performances from start to finish, with complicated technical requirements, the group certainly pulled out all the stops to make this a production to remember. Unrelenting energy graced the stage from every single individual performer and QBMTS’s young children were some of the most talented youngsters I have seen on the circuit. With beaming smiles they delivered some of the big chorus numbers with oodles of confidence and surely demonstrated their talent. With great support from a large and strong ensemble, everyone played their parts with conviction.
Leading the principals was Elysia Stretton - encapsulating the innocence of Dorothy she shone, with a beautiful clarity to her rendition of Over The Rainbow. And the absolutely gorgeous relationship between Stretton and Daisy (Toto) was a joy.
Sarah Coussens' dopey yet endearing Scarecrow, Ricky Stevens's adorable Tin Man and Carl Cook's perfect Lion made for a delightful trio. Matched against Jo Tranter who was superbly wicked as the Witch of the West, with each of her entrances much anticipated. There was good support from Kerry Davies as a ditsy Glinda and Adam Siviter as the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.
Make-up and costumes added yet another impressive layer to this thoroughly accomplished performance and it is a testament to the hard work from Steve Fletcher (Director), a stellar band under the direction of Richard Ganner and fabulous choreography from Sheryl Pearson.
Massive congratulations to all involved!
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