The Wizard of Oz

Date 5th May 2022
Society Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre
Venue Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Type of Production Musical
Director Shirley McGill
Musical Director Rhonda Scott
Choreographer Fiona Beedie


Author: Douglas J Clark, Regional Rep

Two years on and this group of 46 talented youngsters finally made it “Over the Rainbow” and their journey to the Land of Oz was greatly appreciated by the audience. Iona Crichton made a striking Dorothy with excellent acting and singing – her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” at the start of Act One setting the high standard for the rest of the evening from principals and chorus alike. Leah Elrick as Scarecrow was delightfully wibbly-wobbly with a good strong singing and speaking voice. Charlie Tole as Tinman gave another excellent strong performance in his quest for a heart and won the audience’s heart from his first appearance. Lauren Taylor as Lion gave an outstanding comic portrayal of the cowardly feline and her rendition of “If I Were King of the Forest” was the highlight of the evening for me. Making up the troupe on their journey was Toto Once in Oz played Esme Wright. Olivia Skye Gray was magnificent in her portrayal of the Wicked Witch - so much so at the walk-down the audience weren’t sure whether to cheer or boo her! Strong support was given by Sally Stewart (Glinda), Amber Bowie (Aunt Em), Alistair Dornan (Uncle Henry/Guard) and Matthew Hughes (Wizard of Oz). Special mention must be made of Bella the cute little bundle of fur who played real canine Toto and had the audience oohing and aahing at her every appearance. The large chorus of Munchkins. Emerald City citizens, Trees, Crows etc sang really well and were step perfect in the chorus numbers. Costuming was colourful and appropriate to each character. The set and lighting were relatively simple but very effective. Congratulations to everyone involved on an excellent production. PS. The principals were double cast - Dorothy(Maria Howe), Scarecrow(Ezra Usmani), Tinman(Alexander Denison), Lion (Jess Robertson) – and by all accounts all gave excellent performances.