Susan Johnson

The Wakefield Country Players are in final rehearsals for their production of The Wizard of Oz. The talented cast under the guidance of director John Amosa has been hard at work rehearsing since June. The cast of 40 includes several families and children as young as two years old, as well as Raffles as Toto. The staff are all volunteers.

The Players are a non-profit community-run company that has been around since 1955. “Our first show was as “As long as they’re happy” and we’ve been entertaining the community ever since.”said John Amosa.

Originally for children, the company now includes adults. “The parents would drop their kids off and see how much fun they were having and join the company,” Dierdre Johnson says. The profit from the show on the 14th will be donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation in memory of the late Philip Calder who was one of the company’s actors.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the audience will be invited to bring their own picnic and will be seated at tables. With candles, the decorations and a show it promises to be a magical night. Shows are between the 13 and 21 September. Adults $20, kids (under 18) $10. Phone 541 8869 for more details.

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