60-strong cast in Oz

STAGE 65 Youth Theatre will be back at Salisbury Play­house from Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th August, in a new production of the ever popular Wizard of Oz.

A cast of 60 is busily rehearsing for the show, which also (of course) includes a real dog in the vital role of Toto. The production also involves more than 100 different costumes.

When a vicious tornado tears through Kansas, Dorothy and Toto are hurled into the sky, and they land in the wonderful world of Oz. No matter how exciting it all seems, Dorothy knows she wants to get home to Kansas, and everyone she meets tells her the only person who can help is the Wizard of Oz.

With her new friends, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, she travels along the  Yellow Brick Road towards the Emerald City.

Director Dave Orme says: “We’re really happy to be bringing a bold new staging of this family favourite to the main house of Salisbury Playhouse. We promise a magical adventure for all ages. The set and costume designs will be worth seeing – not to mention the young performers, who I’m really excited to be working with.”

The sets and costumes have veen designed by Bronia Housman and the choreography is by Julia Cave, with James Whitcher directing the music.

Performances start at 7pm. For more information, telephone 01722 320333 or visit www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk.