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The Ruby Slippers

A pantomime by Bex Hutchings
Friday 26 January 2024 - Sunday 28 January 2024
& Friday 2 February 2024 - Saturday 3 February 2024
The Elms Primary School (was Faringdon Junior School),
The Elms, Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HZ
Directed by Bex Hutchings
Producer: Richard Lock
Musical Director: Duncan Sinclair

Performances start 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Each performance lasts approximately 2½ hours. Matinées on Saturdays and Sunday.
Tickets: Adult £12. Child (under 16) £6. No concessions. Includes a free programme
Tickets were available from our Online Box Office.

Ruby Slippers 2024 Advert This original pantomime, loosely derived and inspired by the story from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, was written by our own Bex Hutchings. This is a first for FDS where we fuse fairytale, steampunk and classic panto together to create an entirely new experience. Aimed at delighting children and adults of all ages.

Come with us on a fantastical adventure to Oz! In this raucous re-imagining of a beloved classic, we follow Dorothy, Auntie Em, and Toto to the merry old land of Oz. As they head off down the yellow brick road, they’ll make friends and enemies. Not to mention land themselves at the centre of a devious plot to change the fate of Oz forever. With all the characters you know and love, plus a few new friends to make, The Ruby Slippers will bewitch you from start to finish. With your brains, heart and courage we are sure to find out why there’s no place like panto.

The society performed ‘The Wizard of Oz‘ back in 1994 but this is a very different show entirely, perhaps!

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Cast (in order of appearance):

DOROTHY - Anabel Whalley*
EM - Kevin Jones
TOTO - Tatum Rowley*
BLUNDA - Verity Roberts
GLINDA - Jayne Hoyland
LION - Jason Boorman
SCARECROW - Dexter Kent*
TINMAN - Jonathan Waywell
WICKED WITCH - Lu Waywell
NASH - Heather Kent*; Jade Atkinson*
BASH - Xander Phillips*; Bella Rowley*
CRASH - Grace Hatliff*; Jasmin Clark*
GATEKEEPER - Byron Pound
WIZARD OF OZ - Vicky Edmonds
Adult Ensemble - Helen Barker; Kayleigh Booth; Julie Childs; Lauz Kent; Julie Kent; Nell Tate; Sam Rowley
Child Ensemble - Cecily Roberts*; Emilia Forth*; Jacob Moore*; Kiara Rowley*; Tylah Edmonds*
Band: Piano - Duncan Sinclair
Guitar - Richard Lock
Bass guitar - Mike Fraser
Drums - Nick Morris
Brass section – Ben Lewis; Nick Warr

See programme for further details.

Production No.205 (7 shows were performed over 5 days)