The Wizard of Oz
(RSC) by L Frank Baum
15/06/10 - 19/06/10
Venue: Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Music & Lyrics from the MGM motion picture score
by Harold Arlen & E Y Harburg
Background music by Herbert Stothard. Adapted by John Kane
from the motion picture screenplay for the
Royal Shakespeare Company
Tip Top Productions present this classic musical at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls of her age, often dreams of what may lie over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to picturesque Munchkinland, at the other end of the rainbow.
The Munchkins fete Dorothy as a hero because, in landing, her house accidentally killed the Wicked Witch Of The East, who had long tormented them. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and seeks help from the kind Sorceress of the North. Only the great Wizard Of Oz, says the Sorceress, can help Dorothy to get back to Kansas.
Dorothy persuades three friends to accompany her on the trip to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. They are the Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, or so he thinks; the Tin Woodman, who has no heart; and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some courage.
The Wicked Witch of the West, sister of the Witch killed by Dorothy's arrival, vows vengeance on Dorothy and does all she can to stop Dorothy and her new friends from getting to the Emerald City.
However her plots are in vain and Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion reach the Emerald City and meet the Wizard.
He will only help them if they kill the Witch Of The West - an apparently impossible task. They do, however, succeed, they all get their wishes and then Dorothy realises that she has the power to return home.
This world famous score includes many show-stopping songs such as:
"Over The Rainbow", "If I Only Had A Brain", "We're Off To See The Wizard", "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead
Dorothy Gale - Megan Robertson and Rebecca Roberts on alternate performances
Aunt Em/Glinda - Claire Thomson
Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard - Neil Mason
Hunk/Scarecrow - Andy Jordan
Hickory/Tin Woodsman - Simon Phillips
Zeke/Lion - Rob Tolefree
Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West - Sally Dillon
Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz - John Lindop
Director and Choreographer - Rob Stevens
Musical Director - Tim Jones
Producer - Andrew Roberts
Stage Manager - Nick Roberts
DSM - Lizzie O'Sullivan
ASM - Paul White
Lighting - Ian Jones
Sound - Richard Stokes