Stagers enchanting journey to Oz

Hannah Turner as Dorothy Gale in Wizard of Oz by Eastbourne Stagers. She is pictured with Toto

Hannah Turner as Dorothy Gale in Wizard of Oz by Eastbourne Stagers. She is pictured with Toto

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Eastbourne Stagers latest production of The Wizard of Oz treated the opening-night (Monday) audience to a truly captivating and heart warming show.

The cast members, ranging from eight to 20 years old, all gave sparkling performances that matched the vibrant colourful costumes and wonderful set.

Leading as Dorothy Gale is Hannah Turner who played the iconic role with the perfect balance between feistiness and vulnerability.

Hannah was supported along the way by Maxwell Levett as the bungling yet sweet Scarecrow, Christian Wust as the heartbroken Tin Man and Mcauley Parker as the Cowardly Lion.

The characters were individually strong but together the chemistry between the four leading players was undeniable.

Other performances that shone through the wonderful lighting were Maddison James playing the roles of Miss Gultch and the Wicked Witch; Tommie-Lee Brown as the flamboyant Professor Marvel and The Wizard and Chloe Hurst as the caring Aunt Em and Glinda.

There is also an appearance from Lilly the dog who plays the role of Toto.

This production captured the true spirit of youth theatre; with every cast member having the opportunity to shine and shine they did with enthusiasm and professionalism that defied their years.

The cast coped amazingly well with the odd opening night technical hitch that only highlighted their strengths as a group of talented young performers.

The show is a must for all the family.

The Wizard of Oz continues at the Devonshire Park Theatre until Saturday (September 14) with nightly performance at 7.30pm and a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

Box office 01323 412000.