The Wizard of Oz

Date 30th December 2017
Society Milton Keynes Amateur Operatic Society
Venue VenueMK
Type of Production Pantomime
Director John Dowell and Amy Hansford
Musical Director James Clark
Choreographer Juliet Lennox


Author: Jenny Chandler

Most people know and love the original storyof The Wizard of Oz â€‹but with the addition of a dame, an alternative selection of songs (plus song sheet) and lots of audience participation I found it made a perfectly acceptable pantomime in an absolutely new venue for MKAOS.

Some excellent opening effects took us to the magical land of Oz and introduced us to an extremely colourful chorus of Munchkins. There was a nice balance between the powers of good and evil ably represented by Annette Cowell as Glinda the good witch and Juliet Lennox as the Wicked Witch of the West with Keith Lennox making a good job of Meeko, a monkey of little brain.

Dorothy was played by Leah Scott with great confidence and stage presence. She was well supported by Emma Belam (Scarecrow), Simon Page (Tin Man) and John Dowell (Cowardly Lion) who all showed excellent understanding of the characteristics of these iconic characters. Well done to Livvy Clarke who managed the puppet Toto throughout with the epitomy of dexterity. And Steve Clark slipped seamlessly into the role of dame (Aunty Em) with aplomb. 

All the essential contributing factors ie bright costumes, colourful settings, good lighting and sound (with a single blip) and music were evident, with a great backstage crew who worked together very efficiently. And with choreography tailored to the abilities of those on stage it made a complete show.

Well done to all who had a hand in this production be it on stage, backstage or front of house. You make an excellent team and your pantomimes continue to amaze, entertain and involve your audiences. It is no wonder that they return year after year to support you. That support is well deserved.