New show’s all singing and dancing

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IT’s curtain-up on the first night of the Claydon Panto Group’s production of the musical The Wizard Of Oz tomorrow, Friday.

The cast has been rehearsing three times a week since October, and dialogue coach Diane Cotton said: “It’s the first time the group have put on a musical. We’ve had to reduce our seating capacity to make room for the cast, scenery, orchestra and special effects.

“It’s going to be amazing.”

The cast of 30 ranges from six to 60 in age, and includes three generations of one family – Ellie Curtis, son Anthony Curtis and granddaughter Trevina Smith.

Sixteen-year-old Rose Le Geyt from Hillesden landed the leading role of Dorothy at audition, despite being new to the group.

And talented Buckingham school student Chris Lay, also aged 16, from Steeple Claydon, takes the role of Tin Man, in addition to co-directing and choreographing the show.

The Wizard Of Oz is at Steeple Claydon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday and 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, and at the same times next Friday and Saturday.

Tickets from Steeple Claydon shops and Post Office, or call Diane Cotton on 01296 738178.