NEW College show has crowd Yellow Brick wowed

By Tristan Harris Thursday 12 December 2013 Updated: 12/12 23:37

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A DELIGHTED Artrix audience was taken on a jolly journey along the Yellow Brick Road by a talented cast from NEW College as they took to the stage with their production of The Wizard of Oz.

The action began with the cleverly choreographed swirly cyclone scene which saw numerous dancers each carry a piece of Dorothy's house round and round the stage until it landed on the Wicked Witch of the East.

From that moment the performers never looked back.

A super supporting group, playing an array of roles - from Munchkins and monkeys to the citizens of Oz - provided the perfect platform for the main characters to take centre stage and their chemistry and interaction was impeccable throughout.

Rianna Hanley was fantastic as Dorothy and there were solid performances by Dan Boland as the Scarecrow and Zak Lovell as the Cowardly Lion - his body language and facial expressions were excellent.

Charlie Wearing put the wicked in the Wicked Witch of the West and, likewise, Natalie Taylor put in a good performance as good witch Glinda. Jack McNabola also earned plenty of laughs and applause as the camp Guardian of Oz.

But the best performance on the night was by Kriss Hall in his role as the Tin Man. He dominated the stage, endearing his character to the watching crowd.

You forget how many well-known foot-tapping favourites are in this musical and those performing them ensured they fulfilled their potential as they were expertly delivered to the appreciative audience.

A well thought out set saw the Emerald City grow gradually in size as our four heroes neared and the video screen and copious amounts of dry ice were also used well to create some wonderful special effects.

The saddest scene where Dorothy bids farewell to her new found friends provided the most moving moment in what was a fantastic feast of feelgood theatre.

And just as it should be after this much-loved musical masterpiece, everyone leaving Artrix had plenty of catchy tunes floating around in their heads and a warming pre-Christmas glow.

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