Cast Announced for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Cast Announced for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Anne O’Riordan returns to Bolton to star as Dorothy in the Octagon Theatre adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Originally adapted for the stage by a team of writers at the Octagon in 2011, Frank L Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz directed by Associate Director Ben Occhipinti will transform the Premier Suite at the University of Bolton Stadium into the technicolour land of Oz.

The classic tale will be told by Alexander Bean, Matthew Ganley, David Heywood, Helen Sheals, Anne O’Riordan, Sufia Manya, Thom Petty alongside two teams of 12 young people. Presented with original music by actor musicians the talented cast will take us on a musical journey down the yellow brick road.

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore – it’s Bolton and the story of Dorothy and her faithful dog Toto who are lost in munchkin land with flying monkeys and wicked witches. Swapping her ruby slippers for red trainers and picking up new friends along the way Dorothy travels to the Emerald City with Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the cowardly Lion, in search of the Great Oz – a wonderful wizard from Wigan.

Taking the role of Dorothy is Anne O’Riordan. Anne was last seen in the Octagon’s outdoor production of Gulliver’s Travels as Betty. Anne also performed as one of the infamous Rats in 2016’s festive production Cinderella.

Joining Anne will be a talented cast of 6 who will be playing multiple parts including Alexander Bean (Gulliver’s Travels, Summer Holiday, Cinderella) and David Heywood (Summer Holiday) who will play Dorothy’s companions the Lion and the Scarecrow alongside Thom Petty as the Tin Man.

Matthew Ganley will be taking on the mystical title role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as well as playing Uncle Henry. Opposite him, Helen Sheals will play Aunt Em and the Good Witch of the North. Sufia Manya will play the most formidable sorceress in Bolton, The Wicked Witch of the West.

The young company will also be playing a number of parts, including Glinda, the Winged Monkeys and Munchkins.

Director Ben Occhipinti has said: “It’s so exciting to be directing another festive production in Bolton. This time whilst we are out of our Octagon home we are bringing to life the enchanting world of OZ at the University of Bolton Stadium.

We’re thrilled to be able to share our beloved Bolton adaptation of the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with audiences again. I’m delighted to be working with such talented actors and I have no doubt this will be an unforgettable experience for everyone.”

The production will run from Tue 4 – Mon 31 December 2018 in the Premier Suite at the University of Bolton Stadium.

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