Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Wizard Of Oz At Whitley Bay Playhouse

As a family we do love a good pantomime, oh yes we do! (sorry I couldn't resist) so when we heard that The Wizard of Oz was heading to the Whitley Bay Playhouse this August we were looking forward to going to see the show. Reece Sibbald productions present the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz with a few minor adaptions and a whole heap of laughs, it is a show the whole family will enjoy and we left wishing we could see it again. 

Starring Dani Harmer (from Tracey Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing fame) as the wicked witch, Cal Halbert (from Britain's Got Talent) as the Wizard, Steve Arnott as the Lion, Pippa Smith as Dorothy, Alex Smith as the Tin Man, Lily Grundy as Glinda the good witch and producer and writer of the show Reece Sibbald as the hilarious Scarecrow. It was a cast that worked well together and really brought the show to life. 

wizard of oz cast


The good fairy Glinda opens the show setting the scene for the young audience members, with lots of singing, dancing, slapstick humour and audience participation we follow Dorothy as she is blown from her Kansas home to Munchkin Land. She sets off on her journey along the yellow brick road to try and find her way home meeting up with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion along the way. 

Dani Harmer plays a great villain as the Wicked Witch of the West, getting the young audience members to boo and hiss her whenever she came on set. With lots of singing, dancing and adorable performances from the child dancing Muchkins it was a show that captured my young children (aged 3 and 5 years old) imaginations, they were transfixed throughout with plenty of laughter and shouts of 'he's behind you'. 

cast of wizard of oz

I really liked that they included Dorothy in the 'If I were not a ....' song as every other pantomime I have been too only the male cast members have taken part, this made a nice change. You could tell that the cast was having fun on stage, there were the odd prank and plenty of laughter and they recovered well from the odd slip-up. 

Like all good pantomimes the jokes came thick and fast and while some went over my children's head and were funny for us grown-ups there was still plenty of jokes the children understood. Cal Halbert brought plenty of laughter with his brilliant impressions and was a great addition to the cast while Recce Sibbald as the Scarecrow was comedy gold. 

Before we knew it Dorothy was tapping her sparkly red shoes together and it was time to head home. We really enjoyed this production and if you are looking for something to do with your children in the next few days then I really do recommend a visit to see The Wizard of Oz at the Whitley Bay Playhouse. The show is running until Saturday 4th August and tickets are available to buy from www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk or from the Playhouse box office priced at £18.55 per person. 

Disclosure we received complimentary tickets for this show for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own. 


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