Wizard of a show to mark 100 years

Taking a break from rehearsals are some of the cast members of The Wizard of Oz. They include some of the Munchkins (kneeling front row), and also "Dorothy" (Jennifer Watson) holding "Toto" the dog, surrounded by other cast members.

Taking a break from rehearsals are some of the cast members of The Wizard of Oz. They include some of the Munchkins (kneeling front row), and also "Dorothy" (Jennifer Watson) holding "Toto" the dog, surrounded by other cast members.

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AUDIENCES are invited to “follow the yellow brick road” to the Reid Hall in Forfar for Forfar Musical Society’s centenary production of “The Wizard of Oz!.

As they celebrate 100 years of performing in the town, cast members have been busy rehearsing the popular family show which will run from Tuesday, June 7 to Saturday, June 11.

Society President Lynne McIntosh is calling on the people of Forfar to support the production and get behind the society as they celebrate their major milestone.

They are pulling out all the stops for their latest production which follows a long-line of shows which have thrilled audiences down the years.

The foyer in the Reid Hall will be transformed into “munchkin-land” in preparation for a great evening’s entertainment.

Stepping out in the lead roles with be Jennifer Watson as Dorothy, Michael Carlin as The Tin Man; Lee McLean as the lion; Claire Rioch as the Scarecrow; Lynne McIntosh as Glinda and Marley Laurie as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Lee’s dog Maori will be stepping out as Toto.

Pupils from the local primary schools have been rehearsing their roles as munchkins, as Lynne explained: “This is an all-time favourite show and the 15 children playing the munchkins are loving the rehearsals.”

The cast have been rehearsing since February with musical producer Richard Allan and producer/choreographer Joanne Shepherd, and they are now looking forward to marking 100 years of Forfar Musical Society nightly.

It’s curtain up at 7 pm with numbered seating.

Tickets are available now from the Toy Castle in Castle Street, or phone the ticket hotline on (01307) 464368.

There is a special opening night promotion where tickets are priced £5, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.

After their production members will then toast their 100 years with a dinner dance and a civic reception later this year.