After more than a year away from the stage, the Kings Langley Players (KLP) will return in spectacular fashion this Christmas by transporting audiences to Emerald City for trip to see The Wizard of Oz.
Based on L Frank Baum’s 1900 fantasy novel, the much-loved story sees Dorothy land in the mysterious land of Oz, where she meets the Munchkins before teaming up with Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on her way to find the Wizard of Emerald City who will help her find her way home — but not before facing up to the Wicked Witch of the West.
The KLP’s staging of this timeless classic will bring the fun and fantasy of the original story to Kings Langley and will feature all the songs fans of the 1939 film know and love, plus a couple of surprise additions and a special performance of the jitterbug.
Directed by Andrew Knight, Clive Swan returns as musical director while Corrine Swallow joins the production as choreographer.
Andrew, who appeared on stage in 1996 as the Tin Man, wanted to stage The Wizard of Oz as the KLP’s first show post-COVID because the family favourite is, he believes, simply one of the best and most loved musicals of all time.
He said: “This will be bigger than our 90th anniversary show when I directed Little Shop of Horrors and we hope to be back with a bang. After the year we have all had, we need to be entertained and this is the show to do it with pure escapism and colourful, heart-warming, toe-tapping songs. This will be a night out to remember.”
There will be three evening shows from Wednesday, December 8 to Friday, December 10, 2021, with an afternoon matinee and evening show on Saturday, December 11.
Performances will be held at Kings Langley Community Centre, The Nap, Kings Langley.
For more information, visit www.klp.org.uk