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The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda is getting set to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in October, with auditions for the show to be held from June 2 to 4.

A spokesperson said, “The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda is delighted to announce that it will be producing The Wizard of Oz between Thursday October 5 through Saturday October 14 at the Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall.

“Following the success of last year’s production of The Magic of The Musicals, the Society had a very difficult task to select a worthy successor to that production. After much deliberation, the Society chose The Wizard of Oz.

“This is a much loved musical, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. The musical has been entertaining audiences for generations.

“This production features such well known songs as “Over The Rainbow”, “Munchkinland [Ding Dong The Witch is Dead”, ”If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard [Follow The Yellow Brick Road]”, “The Jitterbug” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, plus a few new songs.

“The production will give the audience the opportunity of seeing what promises to be an outstanding set, designed by Cleo Pettitt. Cleo has designed sets for such G&S shows as Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver! She has been challenged to ensure The Yellow Brick Road leads to a successful and memorable show.

John Barnett, president of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s executive committee, said: “For 57 years, G&S has brought a wide range of hit musicals and concerts to the stage in Bermuda. This year, we wanted to produce a musical which was very well known and which would give many young people in Bermuda the opportunity to be on the stage for the first time.

“The Wizard of Oz fulfills that objective as we expect to have two teams of 20 young people performing on alternate nights, as we did for The Magic of The Musicals. This will mean that we will be looking for talented young people [over the age of 8] who will become Munchkins for 10 days”.

“Auditions for this memorable show will be held on Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4. In addition to adults and young people we will be scouring Bermuda to find a Cairns Terrier to play the part of Toto.

“Please contact Deborah Smith-Joell at 735-1547 for audition dates and times.”





Think your Cairn Terrier has what it takes to light up the stage?

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society is searching for two dogs to play Toto in The Wizard of Oz.

The only requirements are that they’re able to bark on command, and are flea-free.

“We need two in case one gets sick,” said Deborah Smith-Joell, the musical’s producer. “Toto is definitely one of the stars of the show. He is the one that starts all the trouble.”

Toto leads Dorothy into the tornado in the classic tale; the terrier is also responsible for unmasking the wizard as a fraud at the end.

When the successful pooch isn’t barking or leaping into Dorothy’s arms, it will be carried around by her in a basket.

Mrs Smith-Joell was all up for using a fake pup until director Nina French convinced her to go for the real deal.

The producer reluctantly agreed. She’s frightened of dogs and had never used an animal in a performance before. “I jerk when dogs bark,” she said. “I was bitten on the foot when I was a child and needed stitches [but] we want The Wizard of Oz to be as close to the original production as we can.”

The one lead she’s followed so far — a woman and a dog she passed on the street — didn’t get her very far.

“She had a Yorkshire terrier,” said Mrs Smith-Joell. “We might use that breed if we can’t find a Cairn. I said, ‘Does he bark on command?’ She said, ‘No, he just barks.’ I said, ‘Does he jump on command?’ She said, ‘No, he just jumps.’”

Canines are invited to try out at the show’s auditions on June 2 and 4.

The Wizard of Oz will run from October 5 to 14 at the Earl Cameron Theatre.

(Taken from The Royal Gazette - May 10, 2017 - Jessie M Hardy)


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