REVIEW: Wizard of Oz - Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society, Barrington Theatre
WITH Judy Garland’s rendition of Over the Rainbow being one of the iconic songs of the 20th century, any actress trying to fill the diva’s dainty shoes has quite a challenge.
Which is more than met by Lydia Palmer whose confidence at belting out such a beautiful song sends shivers done the spine.
Quite simply, she becomes Dorothy, taking her audience on the magical journey to meet the Wizard.
Her companions also fill the stage with humour and pizzazz.
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Rachel Leggett produces all you would hope for as The Scarecrow with no brain, whilst Rob Reynolds has the chance to inject plenty of humour as the tin Man with no heart.
Lee Neal a regular on the Ferndown and Christchurch stages loves parts in which he can have a larger than life persona - and the lion with no courage has that in spades.
KD Johnson clearly has a good time as both the Mayor of the Munchkins and the Wizard of Oz. Two performers with voices to thrill are Amber Thorne as the Sorceress of the North and Lucy Adeney as Gloria.
Sally Blythe is so evil as the Wicked Witch of the North that you almost want to go into panto mode and boo her.
As it is a sizeable cast it is impossible to name everyone, although they all deserve accolades for this polished production.
The Munchkins are cutesy and the ballet dancers truly professional.
Directors Lee Redwood and Janet Barrow should be thrilled with this triumph. It runs until Saturday so you might still be able to get a ticket.