|Manifest Theatre Group
2 Oxford Road
Essex CO11 1BP
Tel: 01206 391309
The Wizard of Oz - performed November 2002
By L. Frank Baum
Produced and Directed by Nigel Lister
Musical Director Patience Ling
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamPatience Ling, Doug Newton, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Peggy Barber, Chris Bush, Lester Pearse, Nigel Rowe, Gordon Prior, Caroline Kobielusz, Kathy James, Jane Cousins, Rob Carey, Derek Butcher, Nigel Lister, Ray Steames, Mike Johansen, Roger Licence, Phil Wetherill, Gloria Streames, Lester Pearse, Yvonne Cobbold, Vanessa Thompson.
The MusicalAfter a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey.
ReviewsNo one could ever accuse the Manifest Theatre Group of taking the easy option.
Always ready for a challenge, the Manningtree based thespians are currently staging the well-known and ever-popular "The Wizard of Oz".
With limited stage space and a cast of nearly 30, there were some obvious problems and, at times, some rather loud scene changes, but after a slow start, the show really warmed up and had everyone's feet tapping to the music.
For once, perhaps it is those responsible for the costumes and special effects who should take a bow. With many varied and colourful costumes, the wardrobe department had obviously worked very hard, and the special effects were well thought out for such a small space.
However, I did not like the Munchkin voices, finding them irritating and incomprehensible, although others in the audience seemed to think them funny, but all agreed the dance by the Spooks was outstanding and could not be faulted.
Annabel Carey as Dorothy was word perfect and grew in confidence as the play went along.
Adrian Bolton was everyone's favourite cuddly, cowardly Lion, well-supported by Mike Johansen as the Tinman and the Scarecrow Glyn Hill, while Stacie Withers was suitably scary as the wicked Witch of the West.
(Mike, Annabel, Glyn, Adrian)