Feelgood Theatre Productions

A scene from the Wizard of Oz
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This was one of Feelgood’s most innovative and adventurous shows to date. Not only was it going to be the full scale musical, it would have no band, use children, animals, and be outdoors in the great British summer! It rained quite a lot in the summer of 98 but Feelgood triumphed with this brilliant production.

In addition to it being a walk about production the most unique feature was the singing. The whole score was transposed for voice by Faith Watson, an a cappella specialist. It remained true to the original but blended up to eight voices producing a thrilling feast for the ears especially when heard in the still of the night.

Using the RSC script (that of the famous film) an incredible cast took audiences on a theatrical journey of adventure singing and dancing along the ‘yellow brick road’s’ of many beautiful parks across the north west. They found Dorothy - and her dog Toto - in a real farm yard, then joined her to find a scarecrow on a fence post, the Tinman in a forest of strange talking apple trees, the Lion terrified on a hill side and the Munchkins - made up of local school children from each area - popped up in all manner of places during the show. The wicked witch terrified everyone zooming around on her motor-bike driven by Niko the flying monkey, her field of poisonous poppies covered the valley and her hill top castle was the sight of spectacular fire works.

Both the outdoor and indoor (at The Lowry) productions galvanised the whole community. Designer Allison Clarke and students at Manchester College of Arts and Technology designed costumes and over 140 young people were given the opportunity to perform alongside the professionals.

So successful was the show in 1998 that the new international venue The Lowry chose it as their first Christmas Show in 2000. It completely sold out, thrilling audiences young and old.


Cast 1998: Stephanie Davey (Dorothy), Guy Warburton (Tinman), Ian Casey (Scarecrow), Darren Clarke (Lion), Carolyn Hargreaves (Glinda), Catherine Friel (Wicked Witch), Robert Maxfield (Mr. Marvel/Wizard), Jill Kemp (Toto) Chris Kearnes (Niko Flying Monkey), Toto the canine variety played by ‘Sally’.

Cast 2000: Amy Rhiannon-Worth (Dorothy), Guy Warburton (Tinman), Ian Casey (Scarecrow), Stephen Svanholm (Lion), Nicola Barnfield (Glinda), Caroline Hurst (Wicked Witch), Robert Maxfield (Mr. Marvel/Wizard), Jill Kemp (Toto), Nicola Parker and Ashley Nuttal (Niko Flying Monkey), Toto the canine variety played by ‘Pippa’.

Production Team: Caroline Clegg (Producer/Director), Faith Watson (Musical Director), Allison Clarke (Designer).

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