The Wizard of Oz: The Musical, Jubilee Hall, Rothbury, last Sunday. Also tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets: £7, £6 conc, £5 children, U5s free.
SUPERBLY scary yet fantastically funny, Coquetdale Amateur Dramatics Society (CADS) has once again surpassed itself with another brilliant annual performance.
The Wizard of Oz: The Musical is the group’s 11th show and just proves that year on year the cast gets better and better. Following the yellow brick road to triumph, the opening matinee performance proved to be a huge hit with the sell-out audience – hopefully a sign of things to come for their evening shows.
It tells the story of daydreamer Dorothy who ends up at the end of a rainbow when a tornado sweeps through her hometown, picking up her house and killing the Wicked Witch of the East. Wanting to get home, Dorothy has to follow the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz and ask to be sent back, meeting weird and wonderful creatures along the way, including the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion alongside witches, jitterbugs, ghosts and more.
Molly Adamson was perfectly suited to the role of Dorothy. She had a sensational singing voice and captivated the audience with her solos. Robert Famelton, Bill Wood and Mike Jevons were superb as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion respectively.
Alongside Molly, Mike was one of the highlights of the production. He played the cowardly role extremely well and had the audience in stitches as he tried and failed to be tough.
The jitterbugs, in their rainbow wigs and colourful costumes were a sight for sore eyes, while Alex Swailes was the perfect nutty wizard, who shone in his role at the end.
The witches were suitably scary but there were also laughs aplenty.
Mention must be given to the outstanding costumes, from Dorothy’s simple dress, to the patchwork outfit of the Scarecrow, attention was paid to every detail.
From the songs to the sets, including the yellow brick road between the audience’s seats, CADS has once again done Coquetdale proud and long may it continue.
Cast: Linda Milburn, Pat Lewis, Clive Wilkinson, Molly Adamson, Stella Coulter, Mark Famelton, Joan Wilkinson, Fran Elson, Kirsty Famelton, Rebecca Dixon, Taylor Jackson, Georgia Garrington, Harry Monks, Robert Howey, Wendy Richardson, Robert Famelton, Bill Wood, Mike Jevons, Eileen Macey, Laura Hackett, Lois Monks, Sophie Gwilt, Victoria Richardson, Emily Davidson, Hannah Middleton, Kay Evans, Heather Farndale, Sue Wood, Alex Swailes, Charlotte Urwin, Linda Jobson.