Preview: The Wizard Of Oz, Brunton Theatre

Carla Allan, who plays Dorothy in MAMA's production of The Wizard of Oz. Pic: Comp.
Carla Allan, who plays Dorothy in MAMA's production of The Wizard of Oz. Pic: Comp.
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FOLLOW the yellow brick road this week and it will lead you to Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre, where Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association (MAMA) are heading off to find the wizard.

In the unlikely event you’re unfamiliar with The Wizard of Oz, the musical revolves around Dorothy Gale of Kansas, who dreams of what lies over the rainbow.

One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away to a world full of unknown delights, mysteries and new friends.

In Oz she meets a Scarecrow, Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and joins them as they go in search of their dreams in the sparkling Emerald City.

Director David Ross says, “Wizard of Oz is a spectacle of musical theatre, it throws up some really tricky staging challenges.

“However we have a very talented team involved and a few tricks of our own up our sleeves to make the show go with a real bang.”

Now in their 63rd year, MAMA boasts more than 70 acting and non-acting members, with ages ranging from 8 to 80+. Their current production marks their first time tackling the tale made famous by the 1939 Judy Garland movie.

“MAMA has been on the go for more than 60 years for a very good reason, everyone involved has fun, it’s as simple as that,” adds Ross. “We create fantastic pieces of theatre for our audience and both the audience and those participating have a great time.”

A family favourite, expect to find yourself humming along and tapping your toes to old favourites such as Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead and of course, We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road).

• The Wizard Of Oz, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 2pm), £12-£14, 0131-665 2240