If budgets are tight this Christmas, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a special festive treat at the theatre. This years offering at the Castle in Wellingborough is amongst the most competitively priced in the area, yet still packs in all the right ingredients for a perfect night out.
The Wizard of Oz is full of boundless energy, colour and a ridiculous amount of charm. The original musical score is cast aside in this production, but fear not – the road to Oz is packed with tunes that everyone will recognise. Music aside, the show keeps to the original story as Dorothy is taken on a magical adventure to the land of Oz where she meets Scarecrow, Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion.
The role of Dorothy was superbly played by Kiera Laws and her vocals on ‘A better place’ were particularly stunning. My only wish was that there were further solo moments from her in the show. Beside Laws the trio of Alex Francis (Tin Man), Adam Rhys Davies (Scarecrow) and local talent Gary L Johnson (Lion) offered great support. Rhys Davies brought all the humour to the show with plenty of one liners, Francis was well oiled in the role of Tin Man and Johnson was perfectly cowardly as Lion. As the crew followed the yellow brick road they inevitably came across the evil Wicked Witch , expertly played by Sarah Annakin who managed to be deliciously wicked, but not to the point of totally scaring every child in the audience! Her renditions of ‘Funhouse’ and ‘One Way or Another’ were well delivered and I couldn’t help but sing along in my seat!
There really was so much to love about this show and the cast worked so hard, right down to the dancers and the adorable munchkins! The pace of the show was good, without missing out chunks of the story and the music choices expertly picked and backed by a live band. Make sure you follow the road to the Castle Theatre this Christmas and do not miss this wonderful, joyous production.
Wizard of Oz runs at the Castle Theatre until Saturday 30 December with tickets from £15. Bookings can be taken online at www.castletheatre.co.uk or call 01933 270 007.