Meet The Cast

The cast invite you to join them on their journey over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road to the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

 

We put some questions about the show, pantomime season and acting life to the cast of The Wizard of Oz! Here is what they had to say…

LEAH PINNEY – DOROTHY

Tell us a little bit about the show?

The Wizard of Oz is a fun, fast paced panto for all the family. There are great songs, great laughs and all the characters that you know and love.

How do you get into character?

To get into character, I take inspiration from my younger self. I knew all her curiosity and enthusiasm would help me one day!

What do you like about doing pantomime?

I love doing panto because I grew up watching them with my family, thinking I’m going to do that one day. Panto is often a child’s first experience of theatre so it’s important to me to make it as magical for them as it was to me when I was a child.

Why do you think our love of panto lives on , year after year ?

Panto is different to other styles of theatre because I think you build up a greater camaraderie with your fellow actors. Naturally, the process brings out an actors playful side which sometimes in other theatre productions gets lost in the seriousness of it all, and because of this, you get to know people a lot faster.

 

STEVEN DALZIEL – SCARECROW

Tell us a little bit about the show?

The show takes you on a magical journey to Oz with the characters you know so well! It’s full of amazing costumes, hit songs, hilarious moments and loads of audience participation. It is everything you’d want in a panto and more.

Do you get nervous? 

All the time! I don’t think that ever goes away, but my acting teacher where I trained taught me how to love my nerves and that’s helped me so much. You basically do this exercise where you talk to your nerves and say “hi there thanks for being with me today, it shows that you care”, I may look a bit crazy doing it but it works trust me.

How does the experience of being in a pantomime differ to other theatre productions?

Well the main thing is that you’re breaking down that big fourth wall between you and the audience. In most shows you basically pretend the audience don’t exist but with panto that rule goes out the window and you can chat to the audience which I think is great fun.

 

ALEX ELY – TINMAN

Tell us a little bit about the show?

It’s a musical classic. Most young, budding performers (or young people in general) are introduced to it at an early age. The adventure of Dorothy in the Land of Oz, meeting new friends on her journey to get home just has a constant presence in our culture. Frank Baum created an absolutely magical, bonkers world that captures everyone’s fascination.

Why do you think our love of panto lives on , year after year ?

Pantomime is a part of our Christmas/New Years traditions, as much as a roast potato and a 3,2,1 countdown. You only have to look at how many are put on every year in the UK to understand how popular they are. From the massive productions at the Palladium, to the village hall shows dotted around every corner of the UK and Ireland. The people clearly can’t get enough!

Is it terribly tiring?

Everyone gets those tired days, but those are the days that your cast mates and audience will help bring that energy out of you. From day to day you also need to look after yourself, eat, drink and sleep a good amount.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?

Either appearing in the first London Revival of the musical ‘Metropolis’ or getting to appear as Stanley Stubbers in one of my favourite plays ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’