Follow the Yellow Brick Road in Colyton

Colyton Theatre Group present The Wizard of Oz Pantomime. Picture: Contributed

Colyton Theatre Group present The Wizard of Oz Pantomime. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Colyton Theatre Group is nearly ready to present its pantomime for this year.

Rehearsals are skipping along for Colyton Theatre Group’s pantomime production of the Wizard of Oz.

Following the success of last year’s Cinderella, Emily Thomas is again directing a talented cast - many of whom you will recognise - recreating this well-loved classic story with all the traditional aspects of a pantomime but with a modern twist.

Join innocent but unflappable Dorothy (Minnie Zarri) and her faithful friend Toto (Liberty Widger) as she finds herself in the colourful Land of Oz.

Her dear friends Scarecrow (Stephen Knight), Tinman (Rob Goulding) and Cowardly Lion (Kevin Davis) join her on the Yellow Brick Road as she wends her way to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz (Alex McNeice/Matthew Turner) to help her get home to Kansas.

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The four friends are unknowingly followed by Auntie Em (Gavin Haines) and Dorothy’s best friend Harry Trotter (Holly Sweeney).

Also hot on Dorothy’s silver heels are The Wicked Witch of the West’s (Debbie Meakin) henchmen, Salt and Pepper (Natalie McNeice and Steph Letten), a pair of hilarious flying monkeys.

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Their blunders will have you in stitches as they are not quite as ‘street’ as they think they are, and not quite as evil as The Witch would like them to be.

Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, (Mary Bowles) offers some magical guidance and the Emerald City Guard (Fletcher Davis) keeps everyone in check.

Will Dorothy make it to the Wizard without the Wicked Witch stopping her, and will she click her heels and discover there really is no place like home?

A spokesman for the group said: “Join us and the Munchkins for this fun packed panto, full of song and dance and lots of laughs!”

Performances will be at Colyton Town Hall (adults £9, under 18s £5)from Wednesday, November 29, and Thursday, November 30, at 7.30pm; Friday December 1, at 6.30pm, and Saturday, December 2, at 7.30pm.

Box Offices: The Little Shop, Colyton 01297 551374, Archway Book Shop, Axminster 01297 33595 and Owl & Pyramid, Seaton 01297 598030.

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