There was a fantastic night of singing and dancing last night as the Grimsby Auditorium and Lincs Inspire Summer Youth Musical – The Wizard Of Oz – took to the stage. It’s the thirteenth year of the Musical and this year’s effort was a great success despite the full cast having been together for only ten days of rehearsals.
Based on the John Kane adaptation for the RSC of Arlen and Yarburg’s film score the show is a chance to revisit all your favourite moments from the film, and to revisit some of cinema’s best loved characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man.
It was also a rare chance to see some less well known moments that were cut from the film including the Tin Man’s back story and the Jitterbug sequence in which the Wicked Witch of The East releases weaponised dance insects (yes really) on the travellers to tire them out and make them easier to capture.
The result is nothing short of a triumph with excellent performances from the principals, a chorus that’s bursting with enthusiasm and energy, a top class orchestra in the pit and terrific sets and costumes creating a spectacle that was great fun for audience and performers alike.
The Wizard Of Oz is on for two more performances today (Saturday 8th August) at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available on the Auditorium website or on the door or by clicking the heels of your ruby slippers together and saying there’s no place like home.