wizardofoz1Dorothy played by Olivia Winchcombe consults the Professor’s crystal ball (Brian Hoskin) for an idea about what she might find over the rainbow in a rehearsal for Lyric’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Mesley Hall last weekend.

THERE’S still two weeks to opening night for Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ but last weekend, Leongatha’s Mesley Hall was already filled to over-flowing. Up on stage, ‘Dorothy’, played by Olivia Winchcombe was going through her paces with ‘Scarecrow’ Chris Gale, ‘Tinman’ Terry Lay and ‘Lion’ Charles Gruen while set builders add the finishing touches around them. The orchestra was in place and under the baton of musical director Elaine Epifano already appear to have a good handle on the music. Director Peter McAlpine, assistant Glenda Smith and their team were holding court in the centre of the auditorium while nearby, a bevy of children waited for their chance to join in as the choir or as Munchkins. Dressmakers and the special effects costume team pulled cast members aside to try on outfits that are almost ready and both hair and makeup people were others as models for tryouts. There was plenty of ssssh, sssshing too as a parade of workers cruised through the hall getting various jobs done. It’s your typical mad rush to get everything ready for opening night on Friday, July 5. The show is shaping up well and should be perfect as a holiday activity for local audiences. Tickets are now on sale at the Leongatha Lyric Box office, Mushroom Crafts, 40 Bair Street, Leongatha or phone 56623940 or use the online booking service. The prices are adults opening night $35, adults $28, child $19. Dates are opening night Friday July 5 at 7.30pm followed by night time performances on July 7, 11, 12m 13, 18, 19 and 20. There are 2pm matinees on Sunday, July 7 and 14 and Saturday, July 20.