1997 - The Wizard of Oz

Saturday 11th January 1997

Saturday 18th January 1997

Saturday 25th January 1997

 

This was not one of the normal pantomimes that Forum Players produce, but one that was enjoyed by young and old. This production included a cast of nearly 60.

 

This involved a lot of hard work by everyone involved, and my thanks go to all back stage, front of house and cast for their patience during rehearsals.

 

Steve Phelps

 

Review from the Bucks Free Press

 

Sitting in a hall packed full of noisy children may not be everybody's idea of how to spend a Saturday afternoon, but the looks of wonderment and screeches of excitement prompted by this production made my day.

 

Directors Brenda and Steve Phelps did a grand job controlling such a large cast of all ages - all of whom performed up to expectations.

 

Richard Garlands' Tin Man gleamed brilliantly in the stage lights and creaked plaintively when begging Dorothy for a drink of oil. And the courageless Lion (Allan Wright) growled timidly and hid behind anything available whenever trouble loomed.

Simon Jones's Scarecrow was a splendid jolly character wobbling all over the stage like some insane Indian rubber man, eliciting howls of laughter from kids and adults alike and expansive coos of sympathy when bemoaning the lack of a brain.

 

A diminutive Munchkin mayor and Munchkin farmer (James Emmett and Tom Penfold) entertained the audience royally during scene changes, with comical verbal swordsmanship. And the graceful Lee Ann Watson Dancers did their mentor proud in well choreographed dance scenes.

 

Laura Cotrell has a good voice and got things off to a grand start with a splendid rendition of Over the Rainbow. Her Dorothy was well acted throughout and she deserved the applause she received at curtain.

 

Wicked Witch Wendy Keeble did a wonderful job of inciting the audience to indignant rowdiness and frightening children into their parent's arms.

 

This is a pantomime full of bright colours, fun, laughter, memorable songs and endearing characters performed well by a cast who clearly enjoyed themselves on stage.

 

Get along to see it if you can, but beware the Wicked Witch.

 

    Archie Wilson- -Bucks Free Press- -January 17th 1997-

Cast and Crew

Aunt Em

Uncle Henry

Joe

Dorothy

Munchkin Mayor

Munchkin Farmer

Sorceress

Wicked Witch

Scarecrow

Tin Man

Lion

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Lady Growlie

Gloria

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Wizard

1st Witch

2nd Witch

Tibia

Little Witch

Servant

Ozmos

Bear

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Munchkins

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Lee Ann Watson Dancers

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Piano

Drums

Sound

Choreography

Costumes

Stage Manager

Front of House

Make Up

Lighting

Janis Armolea

Andrew Whitehead

AJ Gibson

Laura Cottrell

James Emmett

Tom Penfold

Gillian Stokes

Wendy Keeble

Simon Jones

Richard Garland

Allan Wright

Marion Dovey

Margaret Seaman

Tom Penfold

David Axford

Becky Pearce

Angela Telfer

Julie Chaffin

Zoe Natress

Mel Phelps

Sarah Woods

Michelle McLoughlin

Andrew Whitehead

Sammi Deacon

Julia Kent

Stephanie Leigh

Jennifer Hyde

Jemma Eaton

Rachel Axford

Kara Quantrill

Marion Dovey

Margaret Seaman

Mel Phelps

Becky Pearce

Jemma Eaton

Rachel Axford

Jackie Ferris

Stephanie Leigh

Naomi Leigh

Kara Quantrill

Davis Axford

Zoe Natress

Jennifer Hyde

Michelle McLoughlin

Jackie Ferris

Kara Quantrill

Naomi Leigh

AJ Gibson

Debbie Cabral

Jessica Carter

Gemma Clark

Sophie Clifton

Jennifer Collins

Elizabeth Cox

Patrick Cox

Ania D'Agostino

Lisa Hill

Cathrine Donnelly

Carolyn Johnson

Sarah Jones

Sharon Jarrett

Victoria Jarrett

Felicity Kane

Liam Howard-Jones

Tricia Howard-Jones

Holly Spencer

Elizabeth Knight

Philippa Lowne

Hollie McCloy

Talisha Mantripp

Charlotte Moore

Isobel North

Edward Watson

Patrick Watson

Mikiko Togo

Jonathon Tatlow

Paul Larkin

Graham Hyde

Lee Ann Watson

Wendy Keeble

Brian Pemberton

Barry Comer

George Grove

Andrew Piper

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