Show gives The Wizard of Oz a soul twist

Oxford Mail: Robbie Fell as The Tin Man,  Ben Coleman as The Lion and Max Griffin as The Scarecrow. Robbie Fell as The Tin Man, Ben Coleman as The Lion and Max Griffin as The Scarecrow.

AMATEUR actors are off to see The Wizard in a new musical take on The Wizard Of Oz.

Odyssey Theatrical Productions is staging The Wiz – a soul music version of the classic fairytale – at Banbury Academy.

Ben Coleman, 19, who plays The Lion, said: “The whole cast has become a family, we all rely on each other and it shows throughout the show.”

Odyssey is a non-profit making company formed in 2011 to give people a chance to make it on stage.

The musical kicks off at the Wykham Theatre at the academy, formerly Banbury School, tomorrow, with two performances on Saturday, including a matinee.

For tickets, see ticketsource.co.uk/event/29845.

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