Half term has landed and what better way to spend it than by travelling somewhere over the Runcorn bridge and following the beige brick road of St.Helens to the bright lights of the Theatre Royal to watch one of their amazing panto’s, The Wizard of Oz.
For anyone not familiar with the age old story of Oz, it follows the dream of a young girl called Dorothy (Mia Molloy) and dog Toto (Buddy) who find themselves far from home in munchkin land where their house has accidentally landed on the Wicked Witch of the East. After taking guidance (and a rather beautiful pair of red sparkly shoes) from the good witch (Abigail Middleton), Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road in search of the Wizard of Oz (James Lusted) to ask for his help. Along the way she meets three interesting characters; the scarecrow (Reece Sibbald) in search of a brain, a Tin man (Harry Moore) in need of a heart and a lion (Timothy Lucas) who wants to find his courage. These three join forces with Dorothy and accompany her on her journey but as with all tales this one is not that straight forward as the Wicked Witch of the West (Samantha Palin), the sister of the recently deceased Wicked Witch of the East is on a mission to stop them.
Who will be triumphant, Dorothy, Toto and friends or the Wicked Witch?
Once again Regal productions have done a wonderful job of telling a traditional tale with a modern twist, a story that children will be able to enjoy along with the hilarious one liners thrown in for the adults, as well as an array of songs that will have you dancing and clapping in your seats from start to finish.
The story is narrated by the cheeky scarecrow who is partial to a bit of audience participation so you might want to avoid the front rows, that or come prepared in your running shoes!
Whether you are a regular St.Helens Theatre Royal visitor or a first time attendee you will sure to be in for a ‘Wizardly Wonderful Time’.
The Wizard of Oz is at the St. Helens Theatre Royal from 15-23 February 2020.
Tickets cost from £12 to book tickets visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01744 756000.
(We were gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review).