We're off to see the wizard... he's coming to Newtown


Dominic Robertson

NEWTOWN Musical Theatre Company is gearing up for the start of its production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, which starts its run at the end of the month.

Newtown Musical Theatre Company perform two shows a year at Theatr Hafren. They will be performing the RSC version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at 7.30pm from Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2, with an additional matinee performance at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Based on the well-loved film, the show features all the well-known songs from the film, including ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ and ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’.

The part of Dorothy will be shared by two local schoolgirls. Josephine Bowen, who lives in Newtown and attends Caereinion High School, will play the part on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening, and Katy Collins, who lives in Montgomery and attends Newtown High School, will play the part on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.

They will be joined by Bertie the dog, who will play the part of Toto in all performances.

The other main parts will be played by Andrew Bond (Scarecrow), Gareth McMurdo (Tinman), John Bowen (Lion), Bev Southall (Wicked Witch), Adele Hokins (Glinda), Les Skilton (Guard) and Mike Clarke (Wizard). With a cast of around 45, other cameo parts will be played by members of the company, who will also form a chorus of Munchkins and Ozians. With a live orchestra, brilliant costumes and a fantastic set, this promises to be a real treat for the whole family.

Tickets for the show are available from Theatr Hafren, by phoning the Box Office on (01686) 625007 or online at www.theatrhafren.com

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