By Benjamin Coren
Review – The Wizard of Oz, The Capitol, Thursday, April 16
Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (HAODS) have once again whisked audiences away with their latest musical performance of The Wizard of Oz.
Directed by Yvonne Chadwell with musical direction from Andrew Payne the latest HAODS production keeps up with the quality of show previously achieved in past performances.
For those who don’t know the story, The Wizard of tells the tale of a young Kansas girl named Dorothy who during a tornado is transported to the land of Oz. There she meets the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow. With her three friends she embarks on a journey to the emerald city to meet the wizard of Oz and ask his help to get home and to help each of her friends. However, the scheming Wicked Witch of the West has other plans.
The performance featured a terrific variety of professionally made sets and great lighting, I was particularly impressed with the storm which made great use of sound and models to show Dorothy’s home being thrown into Oz during the tornado.
Each performer delivered their lines with authentic accents and humor, and vocal performances were of top par. A stand out vocal performance for me was Chris Dale as the Scarecrow performing ‘If I Only Had A Brain. The choreography on this piece was also great with Scarecrow stumbling around the stage.
A crowd favourite was Buster the dog in the role of Toto. They say never work with children and animals, and in this case it may have been Buster stealing the show!
Adrienne Cox gave a wonderful performance as Dorothy and demonstrated her vocal strength with ‘Over The Rainbow’.
As always HAODS have put on another professional quality performance and I look forward to seeing their next production.