I had a real treat last night. After my long day at the market I was off to see the wizard!
In Halifax, Neptune Theater 's holiday show this year is The Wizard of Oz. What a fun production. I love musicals and they did a great job with this one. Oh and as an aside, Neptune is where I had my first job when 16. I was an usher and loved it:)
The show started at 7:30 and I didn't finish up at the market at 6:30 so it was a bit of a mad scramble to get there. I picked up a sandwich from Pete's and a glass of wine at the theater bar and had a quick bite there before the show:)
Neptune has a small stage and I am always amazed at how they manage productions with a lot of cast members and tricky transitions. In this play of course there is a tornado! I loved how they whisked the house and Dorothy away and into Munchkinland. Simple magic.
Throughout the production there was lots of smoke, booms and sparks. Terrific fun. The singing was great! The lead actors did a really wonderful job. Blair Irwin played Dorothy with a lovely earnestness and a gorgeous singing voice. Andrew Scanlon was larger than life as the cowardly lion and Laura Caswell wins props for her annoying cackling Witch of the West:)
After the show, which is about two and a half hours, Blair comes down into the lobby to sign autographs. Lots of wee excited fans crowded around her.
I really enjoyed it, can you tell? The songs are so familiar...Ding Dong the Witch is Dead etc.....There was also a children's chorus who were cute as buttons . So much to write about but I will stop because you have to see it yourself:)
Except for one more thing.......TOTO! This wee dog stole the show:) He spent the entire show in Dorothy's arms. Bobbing up and down as she danced and nibbling on the straw man's arms and generally being adorable!
Stage pictures by Applehead Studios.