From the 30th November to the 3rd of December, the Balerno Theatre Company put on “The Wizard of Oz” at the Church Hill Theatre, the latest in the amateur group’s line of annual shows. The musical tells the classic story of a young girl named Dorothy Gale, who is transported to the magical land of Oz and must go to see the Wizard in order to return home to Kansas, meeting three lovable friends along the way; the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable and professional production. Ruth Hutton, who played Dorothy the night I went – Dorothy and Glinda were double cast – had a very strong voice, giving a beautiful and touching rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. However, in spite of her impressive resume listed in the program, the actress was unable to add interest by making the character her own, though this was more owing to the lack of variation in Dorothy’s character than to her talent as an actress. viagra femme forum generico Consequently her emotional status was limited; the usual Dorothy performance consisting of sadness, self-righteousness, anger and wonder.
Toto was played by a real dog, which was very fun to see, although the effect was slightly hampered by how he kept trying to leave the stage.
The dancers were amazing, especially during the song, “The Jitterbug”, and the chorus dance numbers were also very entertaining to watch. Sadly at times it was difficult to hear some of the children singing as they were unfortunately quite quiet, but their diction was very clear, which is often difficult to achieve in large musical numbers.
I understand that it was the director’s choice to cut out the scene where Dorothy returns back to Kansas and to end with “There’s no place like home,” but that scene is vital. It gives the audience closure, and it is ultimately a little strange to miss out the ending.
It was a very enjoyable show to watch and although there are always ways in which to improve, I would happily go and see any other show that the Balerno Theatre Company puts on, and cannot wait until it does.
Katerina Partolina Schwartz
Image credit: Balerno Theatre Company
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