Review: The Wizard of Oz, New Theatre

An eclectic mix of youth and experience combine in the New Theatre this week for Orbit’s production of the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz. The award winning amateur theatre company which has been entertaining audiences for nearly half a century did not disappoint with their most recent production, pulling out all the stops to provide a heart-warming interpretation of the classic story.

Based on the original children’s novel by L. Frank Baum in addition to the popular 1939 film adaptation, the story follows a young girl called Dorothy as she is swept away from her Kansas home into a mystical land of munchkins, witches and monkeys. The story is widely regarded as a modern classic and a favourite amongst all generations, making it an evening which the whole family will undoubtedly enjoy.

Orchestrated under the outstanding guidance of Rob Thorne Jnr, the lead actors put a unique spin on their roles and undertake the performance with charisma and ease. Special mention should go to Nicky Taliesin as the Lion whose familiarity with the stage is wholly apparent and vocal ability second to none. Accompanied beautifully by a plethora of talented youth in the chorus, the sense of community is evident throughout the Orbit Theatre Company.

Nicola Boyd-Anderson has clearly done a fantastic job as choreographer, the incredible dancing being a testament to her experience and hard work. From start to finish the dancing was meticulous, highlighting the effort put into making this performance one to remember. Including popular songs from the original film such as “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain”, this is clearly an all-time favourite with audiences as evidenced by the roaring standing Ovation. Definitely not to be missed.


The Wizard of Oz runs from 27 May – 31 May 2015 at New Theatre, Cardiff.

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