ROSANNA NATOLI to star in Gateway Theatre Productions’ WIZARD OF OZ Seven Sunshine Coast news presenter, Rosanna Natoli will take to The Events Centre stage when she performs in Gateway Theatre Productions’ upcoming season of The Wizard of Oz, opening in Caloundra on 8 April this year. Gateway Theatre Productions are set to bring a new, bright and wonderful retelling of the 1939 classic film, filled with theatrical special effects, amazing sets and costumes, a 20 piece orchestra and a cast of 80! This charming story is based on the popular L. Frank Baum fantasy tale, in which Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path, taking them on a journey to the 'Merry Old Land of Oz'. Dorothy meets some memorable friends and foe along the way, who help her return home, and who
find the brain, heart and courage they’ve been searching for. Gateway Theatre Productions’ Executive Producer Tracey Ferguson says 'The Wizard of Oz' is a story recognized by everyone, and is the family favourite for many.“It’s very different to our debut production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and we hope to see Sunshine Coast families in the audience, particularly as the season sits within the school holiday period.” Ms Ferguson said she is delighted to have Rosanna Natoli on board. “Rosanna is such fun to work with and is really immersing herself in her role as the Wicked Witch.” Rosanna is supported by a cast of almost 80, including 50 Munchkins, who will be played by children from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. “The kids are loving the experience and are so committed to the rehearsal process. They really are going to create quite a spectacle, and will most certainly surprise our audiences with their performance,” says Ms Ferguson. The adult cast of this production features some of the brightest musical theatre talent from South East Queensland, including Kayleigh Marven as Dorothy, Liam Wigney as Scarecrow, Paul Wheeler as The Wizard of Oz will open at The Events Centre in Minchinton Street, Caloundra, with 4 shows only from 8 April to 11 April. Tickets start at $49.90 and are available from www.theeventscentre.com.au To find out more please visit www.gtp1.com.au or call 0458 020 370
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