By Lotte Pegler
The Wizard of Oz
Until January 4
The Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1BL
Audiences explored the colourful land of Oz with the help of a lively cast and the odd appearance of Toto, the Chihuahua.
With the quintessential hisses and boos for the evil Wicked Witch of the West, audiences of all ages can enjoy the step back in time. And what better time to embrace the iconic show than 80 years after its debut on our screens?
A talented cast of actors, dancers and singers shine on stage, with the help of a hypnotic set and light display.
But the real stars of the show were the Munchkins. Made up of 100 children from around the area. With children from Art of Dance and Fitness, Arabesque School of Performing Arts, The Rosemary Bell Academy of Dance, and Razzamataz Bognor, dressed in their finest plant-pot hats and wigs, their sheer excitement and energy alone is worthy of a watch.
Drew Donnell, as the Wicked Witch, provides an envious sense of sophistication to the show as he struts in his stiletto black boots, embracing any boos that come his way.
Of course, what is the Wizard of Oz without the perfect Dorothy – and Chichester woman Katie Bennett sure does deliver. Equipped with her Totos, Taff and Ralph, she is the perfect heroine for the tale.
Without a doubt, the classic comedy-factor is provided by the trio of Jamie Bannerman, Allan Mirren and Jamie Lemetti playing the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.
Giggles were non-stop from the children in the audience, as well as the adults, with humour fit for the younger onlookers, as well as a few more grown-up jokes thrown in.