Witch’s magical lessons

Collegians Wizard of Oz - Elizbeth Blount
Collegians Wizard of Oz - Elizbeth Blount

AUDIENCES are set for a magical night when the Dewsbury Collegians presents The Wizard of Oz later this month.

For the Wicked Witch of the West has enlisted the help of a magician and has some spectacular tricks up her sleeve.

Magic Circle member Michael Jordan has been hosting special rehearsals with actress Elizabeth Blount for some key scenes.

Collegians member Noel Rigg said: “Michael has been advising the Wicked Witch about tricks for the show, such as throwing fire at the scarecrow.”

But the witches tricks aren’t the only special effects being used to make the musical show one to remember.

“The set designers Malcolm Kenyon and Howard Goalby have been working very hard with our producer Mike Kirkby have on this aspect of the show and we are expecting great results,” said Mr Rigg.

“The group is using film projection is some parts to give an extra dimension to the performance and we hope to have a very special yellow brick road to come out into the audience too.

“We want to make it a really special production.”

The show opens at Dewsbury Town Hall on Wednesday June 15 for a four-night run with a Saturday matinee.

Evening performances will be held at 7.15pm and the matinee is at 2pm.

Phone 01924 492742, 01924 468653, visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls or call in to the town hall box office for tickets, which start at £7.50 for opening night.