Fun-packed Wizard of Oz production a hit with kids

BRIGHT: Children had fun playing munchkins in an interactive performance of Wizard of Oz.
BRIGHT: Children had fun playing munchkins in an interactive performance of Wizard of Oz. Ebony Battersby

THE yellow brick road led not to the Wizard of Oz on Saturday morning, but to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, where families witnessed a fun-packed interpretation of the Frank Baum classic.

Costumed in delightfully bright get ups, the children were all too happy to get up and dance Gangnam style with the cast.

In a unique opportunity, children were able to engage in a drama workshop before the show, then apply their new found skills on stage half-an-hour later.

Kristy Laul, organiser of the drama workshop and owner of the Wizard of Oz show in Sydney, said she was taken aback by the enthusiasm of Gladstone's youth.

"The day went very well," she said.

"We had a such a great response from both the children and the parents.

"We had a lot of people both young and old who had never seen anything like this in Gladstone before."

The drama workshop imparted knowledge of expression, voice and tableaux to the young performers while in the company of seasoned entertainers.

The success of the workshop was put on show for all to see at 10.30am, with energy and passion infectious throughout the GECC.

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