The Wizard Of Oz - performed December 1982
By L. Frank Baum
Performed with the kind permission of Josef Weinberger Ltd
Director - Dennis Murfitt
|Sorceress or the North||Brenda Chapman|
|Witch of the West||Viv Wheatley|
|Lord Growlie / Uncle Henry||Dennis Murfitt|
|Aunt Em / Visiting Witch||Janet Cousins|
|Lady of Oz / Visiting Witch||Val Taylor|
|First General||David Warner|
|Second General||Neil Herbert|
|Wizard of Oz||Bert Yeates|
|Munchkin Mayor||Trevor De'Ath|
|Munchkin Farmer||Philip Bruce|
|Munchkin Barrister||Duncan Steel|
|Munchkin Coroner||Alec Machattie|
|Dancers and Chorus||Linda Warner
“A WHIZZ of a wiz – the wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Manningtree’s amateur theatre group is performing its first fairy tale this week, and it should have the audience enchanted.
Of the Manifest Theatre cast, 16-year older Heather Steel, who played Dorothy, really steals the heart.
With Dorothy leading the scarecrow, tinman and lion through munchkin land and along the yellow brick road it’s
entertainment all the way.
A performance on Sunday was a special gala night to raise money for the Acorn Village Centre, Mistley, a home for the mentally handicapped. At the end of the show the chairman of the theatre group, Geoffrey Austin, presented the founder of Acorn Village, Denzil Green, with a cheque for £400. This money will go towards a minibus for the centre, following a recent accident when their minibus was written off.
The week-long show at Manningtree’s former British Legion hall should be a great success. The show is a complete sell out: more than 400 people will watch the 40-odd cast perform the Wizard of Oz.
If they enjoy it as much as I did they’ll be back for more.