Tweed twist to Oz favourite
THE Wizard of Woz is set to take locals on a journey down a different yellow brick road as the cast gets ready for the opening of the longawaited musical.
Aspiring actor and former Wollumbin High School student Angela Bale plays the lead role of Kimberley Clarke, a young girl on a quest to find her brother as well as who she really is, through a magical dream.
Produced by Wollumbin Ozone Productions, the musical has Kimberley climbing to the top of Wozzumlin Mountain, and on the way she meets an assortment of native animals and bush characters including - Wallaby the Wannabe, Ma and Pa Possum, Cudgen Koala, Banksia Boy and the Cane Toad Sisters.
Angela said this was her fifth community theatre production and she hoped to pursue acting as a career.
"My favourite actor is Cate Blanchett - I like her ability to choose in-depth roles and completely immerse herself in them," she said.
"I'm hoping to get into drama at a university in the near future."
Written and directed by Nicholas Canny, The Wizard of Woz, based on Wollumbin Forest area, has an underlying message for families to spend time together and to care for threatened native wildlife species. The music has been composed and directed by local musician Phil Eizenberg.
Performances will be at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on April 1 and 2 and 8, 9 and 10.
Tickets are $15 adults, $12 concession and $10 children under 10 and are available at Murwillumbah Music Shop and The Buzz Bar.
at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on April 1 and 2, and 8-10. Photo: JOHN HOULDSWORTH D92004C