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Poulner Players’ The Wizard of Oz to take families on an adventure over the rainbow at The Scout Hall in Ringwood

FAMILIES are invited on an adventure over the rainbow as Poulner Players perform The Wizard of Oz during half-term.

Based on L Frank Baum’s timeless tale, this musical adaptation by John Kane was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will delight fans of the 1939 film.

After a tornado strikes, Kansas orphan Dorothy is transported to the magical land of Oz, where she is pursued by a wicked witch, makes some lovable new friends, and embarks on a quest to find the mysterious wizard.

Poulner Players are performing The Wizard of Oz
Poulner Players are performing The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy is played by Danielle Morris, with Scott Douglas as the brainless Scarecrow, Tom Buxton as the heart-seeking Tinman, and Steven Reynolds as the cowardly Lion. Ann Clark is the Wicked Witch, while Dorothy’s loyal dog Toto is puppeteered by Angela Gregory.

Director Becky North said: “The Wizard of Oz has enthralled audiences of all ages for decades. We’re thrilled to perform this RSC version, which has all the songs and scenes you know and love from the movie version, plus more besides.

“It’s ideal entertainment for the whole family, so spring half-term is the perfect time to bring this classic story to the Poulner and Ringwood area. I hope everyone will join Dorothy on her spectacular adventure along the Yellow Brick Road, as she encounters a cast of endearing characters and learns that there’s no place like home.”

The show will help to support Abby’s Heroes, a locally based charity which helps children and families affected by cancer.

The Wizard of Oz runs from 14th to 17th February, with shows at 7.30pm and matinee performances on Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th. It takes place at The Scout Hall on Southampton Road in Ringwood. Tickets are £15 for adults and £12 for children. To book visit www.poulnerplayers.com or call 0333 666 3366.

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