The Wizard of Oz was the first show Astral did in 1983 and was once again presented in 2013 to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
Director – Cheryl Annable
Musical Director – Daryl Kenneth
After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey.
Dorothy – Jan Beck
Scarecrow – Peter Gilbert
Tinman – Eric McPhan
Lion – Alan Thomas.
Tickets were $5 each or $2.50 for children, students and pensioners. There were 4 performances in December 1983.
The show was funded by fundraisers such as a progressive dinner, raffles and a barn dance. After starting with a kitty of 15c, Astral ended its first year with $2105.35 – a very successful year. After that Astral went on to produce a show each year.