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First published in Curtain Call

A CLASS of seven-year-olds perform their nativity play in the latest green room production from Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS).

Squabbles arise as Gabriel wants to play Mary, the star grumbles he’s not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won’t stop waving to his mum and then the stick insect escapes.

The adult cast play both the children and their parents in this production, showing at the Plaza Theatre from Monday to Saturday.

Visit plazatheatre.com

HAMBLE Players unite with Junior Hamble Players to perform the enchanting tale of Dorothy Gale, and her dog Toto, in a unique adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at Hamble Memorial Hall next week.

This version is based on the original story about Dorothy and Toto, who find themselves caught in a twister and transported to the land of Oz. There is plenty of audience participation expected to support Dorothy as she follows the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to find the Wizard of Oz, whom everyone says will help her get home.

The show runs from Tuesday to Saturday. Call 023 8046 2533.

CCADS return to The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth next week with the first UK non-professional production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love. A show that tells the story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their artistic companions, set against a background of 1940s France and Italy.

Aspects of Love runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Visit newtheatreroyal.com n Musical Theatre Salisbury’s Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy who lives in Kansas, until a violent storm blows her house into a magical land. Here she discovers that to return home, she needs to travel along the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where she must find the Wizard of Oz.

With three friends, The Scarecrow,Tin Man and The Lion, she faces dangers from the Wicked Witch of the West along the way.

Showing at the Salisbury City Hall from Tuesday to Saturday.

See cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

TITCHFIELD Festival Theatre turn their attention to New York next week.

A kindly old gentleman proves to be a sensation as a stand-in Father Christmas at a major New York department store. But who is Kris Kringle and is he really the real Father Christmas he claims to be? What ensues is an exciting courtroom drama that quickly tests everyone’s belief in the magic and spirit of Christmas.

Miracle on 34th Street is at St Margaret’s Arts from Tuesday to Saturday, December 15. Tickets from titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

THE Chesil Theatre
presents one of
Shakespeare’s classic
comedies Love’s Labour’s
Lost in Winchester from
tomorrow.
With a cast of 17, this
production promises to be an
evening of mischief and
mayhem as it welcomes you
into the world of one of
Shakespeare’s earliest plays.
In this romantic comedy we
join the King of Navarre and
his three noble companions
just as they are about to
immerse themselves in study,
not letting anything interfere –
not even women. Follow these
four dashing young men as
the Princess of France arrives
with her ladies-in-waiting and
watch their love-struck hearts
melt alongside their oath of
celibacy. Pranks, poems and
old-school romanticism give
way to more serious matters
showing the cost of true love.
n The production runs until
Saturday, December 8.

AS we head into the pantomime season, The Charles Dickens’ novel A
Christmas Carol provides the inspiration for this year’s pantomime in Old
Alresford next week.
TOADS – The Old Alresford Dramatic Society – will provide their
own interpretation of the classic and are promising a show true to the
original story of old miser Scrooge being visited by ghosts in a bid to
reform him – but with plenty of lighter moments, including an
appearance from the traditional pantomime dame, in what they are
billing as a fun musical.
The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday, December 8 and will
be staged at Christy Hall, The Green, Old Alresford.
n Booking is now available online at oa-toads.org.uk

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