The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
December 28 [+mat], 29, 30, 31 1993 – January 1 [+mat] & 2 [+mat] 1994.
The Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum – adapted by Frank Gabrielson
Music & Lyrics from the MGM Motion Picture Score by Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg
Brian Moulton – Joe [a farmhand]
Ralph Dawes – Jim [another farmhand]
Daphne Thornton – Aunt Em
Ron Cheesman – Uncle Henry
Tanja McGhie – Dorothy
Kevin Isaac – Munchkin Farmer
Frances Moulton – Mayor of the Munchkins
Jane Porter – Munchkin Coroner
Hazel Starns – Sorceress of the North [The Good Witch]
Margaret Ockenden – The Wicked Witch of the West
Matthew Bartlett – Scarecrow
Andy Chalk – The Tin Woodman
Ray Hopper – The Cowardly Lion
Ron Cheesman – Private
Linda Mostyn – Oz Lady
Ralph Dawes – Lord Growlie
Joanna Chalk – Gloria [his daughter]
Rebecca Faggetter – Girl
Peter McGhie – Wizard of Oz
Iris Roberts – First Witch
Judith Berrill – Second Witch
Brian Moulton – Tibia
Kevin Isaac – Ozmas
Joan Bearman – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Judith Berrill – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Joanna Chalk – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Rebecca Faggetter – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Margaret Hilchey – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Shereen Jones – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Linda Mostyn – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Sue Whittaker – Munchkin & Citizens of Oz
Steven Allnutt – Child
Rachel Bennett – Child
Joanna Benson – Child
Laura Isaac – Child
Stuart Isaac – Child
Ross Martin – Child
Natasha McGhie – Child
Aimee Sadler – Child
Sandra Shimmen – Child
Gemma Smith – Child
Emma Tunbridge – Child
Hayley Whitehead – Child
Joan Bearman – Dancer
Shereen Jones – Dancer
Sheila Neesham – Dancer
Jane Porter – Dancer
Karen Smith [flute]
Leigh-Ann Floate [clarinet]
Louise Sharp [clarinet]
Samantha Chandler [tenor saxophone]
Nick Ryder [piano]
Bob Ryder [guitar & bass]
Jonathon Dawes [drums]
Assistant to Director – Jane Porter
Musical Director – Nick Ryder
Choreographer – Jane Porter
Choreographer – Meriel Taylor
Set Design – Amanda Dawes
Stage Manager – Dave Comber
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Judith Berrill
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Brian Box
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Dave Collis
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Dave Comber
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Michael Davy
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Ralph Dawes
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Mark Flower
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Sheila Neesham
Stage Crew, Set Building & Painting – Frances Thorne
Lighting & Sound – Frances Thorne
Lighting & Sound – Trevor Langley
Lighting & Sound – Patrick Roberts
Wardrobe Mistress – Frances Moulton
Lion Costume [Designer & Maker] – Amanda Dawes
Tinman, Scarecrow Costume [Designer & Maker] – Frances Moulton
Properties – Margaret Davy
Properties – Sue Whittaker
Box Office – Jill Redman
Front of House Manager – Margaret Murrell
Publicity – Judith Atkinson
Photography – George Laye
Publicity #1: The Wizard of Oz
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: December 17 1993 issue – page 17
Text Header: “Wick go along the ochre road”
A MAGICAL trip along the Yellow Brick Road is in store for visitors to Southwick Community Centre’s Barn Theatre from December 28 to January 2.
Wick Theatre Company promises a colourful and exciting production of The Wizard of Oz, a musical directed by Betty Dawes with Nick Ryder as musical director. Young newcomer Tanja McGhie, 14, plays Dorothy, a girl whirled away into a land of fantasy. Her dad, Peter McGhie plays the wizard. Dorothy’s travelling companions are a cowardly lion [Ray Hopper], a tinman without a heart [Andy Chalk] and a brainless scarecrow, played by another newcomer, Matthew Bartlett.
Margaret Ockenden takes the rôle of wicked witch opposite Hazel Starns as the beautiful sorceress. Adults and children team up as Munchkins and Jitterbugs.
Curtain-up is at 7.30pm each night except for 7pm tart on December 31. Matinees are at 2.30pm on December 28 and January 1 and 2.
The company advises early booking for tickets. Phone the Barn box-office on Brighton  597094
Review #1: The Wizard of Oz
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: December 3 1993 issue – page 8
Text Header: Colourful characters in this wizard show
Reviewer: Alan Olieff
A SPLASH of colour and cheery songs brightened a dreary winter’s evening, thanks to Wick Theatre Company’s production of The Wizard of Oz. The overall impression from Tuesday’s performance was one of a cast clearly enjoying what they were doing. This sentiment spilled over into a large audience at Southwick Community Centre’s Barn Theatre.
Tanja McGhie made an impressive debut as central character Dorothy. Her stage presence and ability to react convincingly to various situations were commendable especially for a girl only 12 years old.
Also popular with the audience was Ray Hopper as the cowardly lion, whose whinings and mock displays of bravery raised many a laugh. He looked mighty impressive in his costume made by Amanda Dawes. Matthew Bartlett gave a good example on how to build on a character in the role of the brainless scarecrow. He mastered the gormless expressions and voice, unsteady walk and jolly waves to other characters as they headed offstage. Andy Chalk kept his cool in a solid performance as the tin man, complete with a fine metallic costume made by Frances Moulton.
Scenes featuring the Munchkins were an eyecatching were an eyecatching affair with multi-coloured costumes. Smaller children looked particularly cute in their hoods, or flat caps and oversized trousers.
The dance-crazy Jitterbugs didn’t seem to make their victims strain themselves too much with their moves on Tuesday night – perhaps we were watching in slow motion. Musicians directed by pianist Nick Ryder kept the show rolling along with favourite tunes such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and We’re Off to See the Wizard.
Perhaps the funniest moments in the show was the lion’s corny joke made when the Wicked Witch of the West [Margaret Ockenden] produced a can of beer as a warning to the tin man – I won’t spoil it.
The Wizard of Oz continues tonight [Friday Dec 31] at 7pm, tomorrow [Saturday] at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and on Sunday at 2.30pm only. For ticket details, phone the Barn box office on Brighton  597094.