There is a saying in show business never to work with children or animals, but director Keith Smith is happy to work with both in Eastbourne Stagers’ production of The Wizard of Oz which opens at the Devonshire Park Theatre in September.
Eastbourne Stagers newest member is ‘Lilly’ who will play the part of Toto alongside Hannah Turner as Dorothy in the famous musical.
Although Toto is not a ‘lead’ role she has been let of her leash to rehearse with Dorothy, Auntie Em (Chloe Hurst) and Uncle Henry (Jared Godden).
As well as Lilly though there is a young cast who have worked very hard over the last six months with Keith, choreographer Teresa Smith and musical director Dustin Conrad.
And while you can’t teach an old dog new tricks the cast have been taught some new dance routines and new harmonies to accompany the musical’s famous songs such as Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, the Merry Old Land of Oz and If I only had a Heart.
As well as the famous characters such as The Wizard (Tommie-Lee Brown) and the Wicked Witch of the West (Maddison James) the show boasts Munchkins, Talking Trees and Flying Monkeys and staying true to the story the characters in Oz are very familiar to the characters Dorothy leaves behind in Kansas.
This is a show for the whole family and runs Tuesday, September 10, to Saturday, September 14 - performances nightly 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. More ticket information from the box office on 01323 412000 or visit www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk