Jam packed with something for everyone to enjoy, panto season has well and truly kicked off at Eastwood Park Theatre this Christmas as audiences are transported to the magical land of Oz.
Most of us know the story of Dorothy’s tornado-induced landing into Oz and her quest to get home to Kansas.
This particular show injects a bit more madness into the usual fare – with some watery surprises and gravity defying in store for the Eastwood audiences.
This marathon show is that bit too long for wee ones and tips into over-indulgent in terms of songs – resulting in the 160 minute running time.
It’s also a strange mix of music for a family show. Bang-up-to-date chart toppers are stacked against relatively unknown tunes which can detract from the pace of this panto.
You can’t argue it’s not bang for your buck – but you can sometimes have too much of a good thing.
The audience goes wild for Garry King’s silliness as he coaxes every bum of their seat for his TikTok dance routine.
As the Scarecrow, Jamie Lemetti brings physical humour in spades bouncing off his co-stars – sometimes literally.
The professional ensemble really shine with stunning dance pieces choreographed by Lisa Jayne Gordon. Chloe May Wilson is close to bursting into the audience, such is her energy in leading these pieces that adds a real professional polish.
And who couldn’t help but fall in love with the 20-plus strong junior troupe. It’s just a pity we don’t see more of these cute Munchkins on our trip to Oz.