Review: When The Wizard of Oz came to Whitwell

Whitwell Junior Players dress rehearsal for A Christmas Wizard of Oz
Whitwell Junior Players dress rehearsal for A Christmas Wizard of Oz

It was standing room only at Whitwell Community Centre as the 23-strong cast of Whitwell Junior Players gave an outstanding performance of their take on the classic Wizard of Oz story.

A Christmas Wizard of Oz was the magical adventure you would expect at this time of year.

Dorothy, our Heroine, played by Pia Godley, complete with American accent and her pet dog Toto, played by Emily Fletcher, set off on their fantastic journey through ice sculptures, talking trees and a Christmas wonderland to meet the magnificent Wizard of Oz.

As they travel through Oz they are joined by the The Snowman (Declan Hague), a tin solider (Oscar Newton) and a cowardly lion (Conor McInnes).

They eventually defeat the Grouchy Grumble of the West (Abigail King) and handed her broomstick to the Wizard of Oz (William Beamish) who sends Dorothy back to Kansas and gives the snowman his brain, the tin solider his heart and the lion his courage.

This performance was packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and gave the audience plenty of laughter and participation with the cast. Completely dazzling as the cast were aged just five and upwards.

Whitwell Junior Players have been putting on performances since 2008 including Oliver! and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Run by Janet Astle and Amanda Beamish they meet each Tuesday at Whitwell Community Centre between 5.15pm and 7.15pm, taking children from the age of five upwards and introducing them into the world of drama.

Whitwell Junior Players are always looking for new members so if your child is interested please contact either Janet on 01909 720112 or Amanda on 01909 470474.

By Naomi Goldsmith