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December 2010
'The Wizard of Oz' - L. Frank Baum

By Richard Wright- Friday, January 14, 2010
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)

TEN years ago amdram super-troopers were determined the show would go on - despite the death of the leading man just days before.

The cast's determination to put on a brave face was headed by Daphne Brown, who, despite the death of her husband, Roy, went ahead and trod the boards at the TrinitY Theatre as the Wicked Witch in a pantomime production of The Wizard of Oz. Roy had been due to play the Wizard.

Their daughter, Tracy, has been unable to watch the film version or listen to the music without being filled with a deep sadness ever since.

But, recently, she put that behind her and co-directed the latest stage version at Trinity Theatre for Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

"I don't remember much of the time when The Wizard of Oz was staged ten years ago but I do know everyone pulled together and put on an excellent show in true theatre style, with the cast swapping parts and learning lines overnight," she said.

Tracy said the original production going ahead was what her father would have wanted.

She dedicated the latest show to everyone who is 'Over the Rainbow'.

Her mother again played the Witch. The classic L. Frank Baum tale took a large cast down the Yellow Brick

Road for a 14-scene spectacular jaunt, reworking the original book and the most famous of the films, the 1939 MGM version.

Tracy was joined in direction by Claire Quilter, the pair hoping the production's attempts to create its own creative classic special effects added to a spectacle that features a simple storyline with strong values, whimsy, humour, pathos, honest emotions and clearly drawn, unforgettable, characters.

Dorothy was played by Kathryn Edwards, Pete Harris took on the role of the Tin Man, Stuart Adams was the
Lion and Wayne Child played the Scarecrow.

Simon Keates was the musical director, with Robin Tweddle taking on the role for two performances.

Six performances were staged by Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

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