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The Wizard of Oz, Musical Theatre Salisbury, City Hall, Salisbury
I FOUND it impossible not to hum We’re off to see the Wizard en route.
The curtains swished open to a rather bright Kansas and the young, talented Dorothy (Natasha George) had vocals as pure as the crick she lay by, though she did not have quite the same vulnerability of Judy Garland.
Queue some kinetic lighting and we arrived in technicolour Oz to meet the Munchkins and Dorothy’s unlikely travelling companions, Scarecrow (Matt Sparkes), Tin Man (David Simmons) and Cowardly Lion (Robert Preedy), pulling off a close and endearing imitation of the originals.
A truly wicked, cackling Witch (Jenny Mears) and a sparkling Sorceress (Laura Kitching) completed the journey.
Disappointingly Oz didn’t have the necessary comedy and charisma and the end fell rather flat.
Nevertheless we had a fun-filled evening and I’d recommend this as a great panto substitute.