It was a packed house last Friday (8th) as Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society’s annual family pantomime, this year ‘The Wizard of Oz’, opened at the Burnavon, Cookstown.
The show is playing on Fridays and Saturdays in January and is supported by funding from Mid Ulster District Council and Department of Social Development & Association of Independent Volunteer Centres.
Starring Hannah Ferguson, Dungannon, as Dorothy; Michael Bradley, Magherafelt, as the Scarecrow; Steven Brown, Cookstown, as the Lion; Sean Gallagher, Stewartstown, as the Tin Man; Jack Carberry, Brackaville, as the principal boy role, Harry Trotter; and not forgetting John Glendinning, Stewartstown, as Auntie Em - the Dame, it’s an exciting and thrilling new spectacle for the group.
After a short ‘leave of absence’, this year’s production is directed with imagination and verve by Brian Morgan, who was delighted with the first night audiences’ reaction as they experienced this year’s feast of panto delights, saying ‘We know that audiences are going to love our production right across the run. We have packed the show full of surprises and there really will be something for everyone this year, from stunning costumes and cast make-up by Louise Loughran and Tony Campbell of Doll Face House of Make Up, to laughs aplenty and a classic soundtrack.’
John Glendinning, playing Auntie Em said ‘I’m looking forward to the rest of the shows we have lined up. It’s all good old-fashioned family fun, and who doesn’t like a bit of a laugh to cheer us all up this side of Christmas and the New Year. Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society is a very special community organisation to be involved in and I feel a fantastic experience for me and indeed all those involved, young and old.’
Over the past 16 years, Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society have provided a cross-community project that each year has got bigger and better and this year’s show has plenty of extra special effects to wow its audience.
Additionally with the generous support of local businesses, Westland Horticulture; Parklands Veterinary; Keystone Lintels; First Trust Bank, Quinn’s Coaches and The Handcrafted Emporium who have sponsored the main characters the audience can be assured of a “professional” appearance on stage from their favourite Wizard of Oz characters.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ runs until 23rd January. Tickets are priced £10 / £8 and a group booking offer – buy 8 tickets, get 2 free is also available. To book your tickets, call into the Box Office at the Burnavon, telephone on 028 8676 9949, or book online at www.burnavon.com