An all-time family favourite, The Wizard of Oz sweeps into Lichfield this week in the capable hands of Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company (SCMTC).
In an explosion of energy and colour, the group succeeded in transporting their astutely engaged audience into the land of oz. Led by Rene Blissett in the demanding role of Dorothy, we were swept down the yellow brick road in a flurry of wonderful performances.
Scarecrow (Ben Adams), Tin Man (Tony Orbell) and Lion (Mark Hull) were sublimely cast, with Hull's cowardly lion a clear audience favourite, but the endearing performance from Adams as Scarecrow was equally delightful. There was strong support from Wicked Witch Christina Peak and Patrick Jervis was superb as a bumbling Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz. But, stealing many of the scenes throughout the night, was the adorable Toto, played by Tetley.
The beauty of this production lay in the hands of the exceptional work from the creative team and ensemble. The ensemble added passion and verve to an already assured principle cast and there were many individuals that stood out, including Charlotte Middleton, Ashley Leight and Sophie Hammond.
The highlight of the night was, without a doubt, the munchkin scenes, which were utterly fantastic and so cleverly executed. Many productions use a large ensemble of children, but to witness a full stage of adult munchkins was a stroke of pure genius. Kudos then to director Deb Middleton and her esteemed team of choreographer Jen Morris and music director Sheila Pearson. Dancing was impressively slick, the music was joyous and the overall direction meant there were no elongated pauses or overcomplicated scene changes.
Perfect for half term, if you can possibly grab a ticket, it's one to see this week!
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