Wizard of Oz

Join NMTC as we're off to meet The Wizard of Oz!

Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th October 2017

Evening performances at 7.30pm
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

 

The yellow brick road comes to the Royal & Derngate in half-term, the 24th -  28th October 2017. We're excited to be performing the RSC version of this musical, featuring all of the songs of the famous, Judy Garland, 1939 movie.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are on sale now!
You can buy them directly from the Royal & Derngate Box Office, on 01604 624811, by visiting them in the town centre, or by going online to royalandderngate.co.uk.

This year, there will also be a Wednesday matinee – where you are all invited to dress up in your favourite Ozian outfit.

Special Offer: Buy one Adult ticket and take a Child HALF PRICE (Wednesday Matinee Only).

 See our Box Office for full ticket price details and further special offers.



 
 
 

Reviews

"NMTC’s shows are always impressive and this was proved once again by this production of The Wizard of Oz, which was a delight.

Acting and singing were of a very high standard. [...] Overall though, this show is a great triumph for director Martyn Knight and his team."

Alex Wood [Read the Full Review in Sardines Magazine]


 

"It looks truly fabulous, from the great main character costumes, onto an assortment of eye-catching vibrant dresses, the whole show is a feast for the eye, as are the backdrops. It's all professional stuff of course, so you expect it to be. [...]

Whipping up a storm of success. "

[Read the full review at A Small Mind At The Theatre]


 

"I was NOT disappointed at all! The cast and crew did an amazing job of performing one of the greatest family musicals of all time and they had the audience singing and clapping along throughout the show. [...]

[The characters were] brought beautifully to life by the Northampton Musical Theatre company and every single member of the cast seemed to put everything and more into playing the familiar characters as close to the originals as possible.

Actor and singer Samantha Perryman was a faultless Dorothy and I would even say she was just as good as Judy herself!  [...]"

- Emily Jane Clark [Read the full review in the Northampton Chronicle & Echo]


 

"Northampton Musical Theatre Company’s latest production The Wizard of Oz at Royal & Derngate is a knockout. [...]

Samantha Perryman was born to play Dorothy, a young woman from rural Kansas. And I’d go as far as to say that Perryman in the role gives Judy Garland a run for her money. And if they ever do remake The Wizard of Oz, Perryman shouldn’t be far from the casting director’s radar. What a powerful set of lungs, those pipes!"

[Read the full review at NeneQuirer]


 

 

"This really was another excellent performance by the NMTC. From the moment the curtain went up the show drew the audience into the magical Land of Oz, with flying witches and monkeys and superb visual effects of the approaching storm courtesy of Phil Cave and Tim Halliday (Dissolve Ltd) not to mention some very lively Munchkins.

Samantha Perryman gave an extremely confident portrayal of the taxing role of Dorothy – her singing and acting were faultless and she managed the ever-present Toto very well. She commanded the stage throughout. All the other principals gave good performances too. The threesome of Scarecrow (Gordon Ritchie), Tinman (Luke White) and Lion (Ben Stanton) could not have been bettered – they came across as very warm-hearted characters and made the most of the comedy inherent in their roles. The characters of the two witches were nicely contrasted with Jay Snedker (Aunt Em / Good Witch) showing calm goodness while Ashleigh Maddison as Miss Gultch / Wicked Witch really seemed to relish her role and gave the audience some very realistic evil cackling. The rest of the company in lesser roles all contributed well.

 As always the singing was spot on with good, clear diction and the whole show was very well supported by the excellent orchestra under the baton of Graham Tear. The lighting and sound worked well to enhance the production along with a very professional backstage crew who ensured that the show ran very smoothly. Overall the choreography was well tailored to the abilities of the company, but just slightly on the downside, there were a few cast members who didn’t seem totally sure on their movement.

 But I would take nothing away from this show, the good sizes group of children in the auditorium were mesmerized from start to finish – to my way of thinking that speaks volumes for the standard of excellence throughout the performance. Well done on such a fabulous show!!"

- Jenny Chandler [NODA Rep, East Midlands District 8]

Sign Interpreted Performance

We are working with Deaf Hub and Performance Interpreting again this year to have a BSL interpreted performance of The Wizard of Oz on the 26th of October at 7:30 pm.

Deaf Hub said, "Collaboration is an important part of our communities spirit so pleased to work together with these fantastic organisations to provide access. We had a great turnout last year and would love to see more families turn up this year for this accessible performance.
 

Children: The Munchkins

See the Youth Theatre Company page for Details

Children Playing nights:
Tue 24th                      Emerald Team
Wed 25th  Mat             Ruby Team
Wed 25th Eve              Emerald Team
Thur 26th                     Ruby Team
Fri 27th                        Emerald Team
Sat 28th Mat                Emerald Team                  
Sat 28th Eve                Ruby Team

Adult Cast

Women

Dorothy

Sam Perryman

Aunt Em/ Glinda

Jay Snedker

Miss Gultch/ Wicked Witch

Ashleigh Madison

Trees

Helen Kennedy
Kat Dakers
Megan Fielding

Women of Oz

Becky Woodham
Mindy Robinson

Flying Ensemble

Ella Styles
Hannah Taylor
Sam Downes

Ensemble

Dawn King

Fiona Luck
Georgia Mullen

Kathryn Farrar

Michelle Whitwam
Sally Whitestone

 

Men 

Zeke/Lion

Ben Stanton

Hickory/Tinman

Luke White

Hunk/Scarecrow

Gordon Ritchie

Uncle Henry/Guard

Brett Hanson

Professor/Wizard

Mark Woodham

Crows

Alex Capper
George Johnston

Jame Bignell

Niko (Flying)

Jame Bignell

Winkie General

Rob Laurie

Men of Oz

Chris Willis
Mark Maryan

Ensemble

Ken Starnes
Stuart Evans

THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC VERSION)
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score By Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance & Vocal Arrangement by Peter Howard
Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay


This is an amateur performance by arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York

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