Panto season arrives at Motherwelll Theatre today (Wednesday) as the curtain rises on this year’s production of the Wizard of Oz.
Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their adventures to find The Wiz as they battle Wicked Witch.
Director Bev Berridge says he is thriled to be able to bring the show to Scotland for the first time.
He said: “It’s a bigger show this year so there is a lot more to do and I believe we will be the first to open in Britian.
“We have sold 25,000 tickets so far, which is 4,000 more than this stage last year, so we must be doing something right.
“I’ve done Wizard of Oz many times before and it is one of my favourite shows because it really does ‘wiz’ along, if you pardon the pun.
“It’s a high paced, muscial theatre-type panto which has something for everyone.”
Motherwell regular Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith returns for a fifth consecutive year as Scarecrow.
Bev said: “It’s a bit of challenge for him this year because the principal comic part is normally a fairly bog-standard part, but this year he’s had it a bit different because it’s a full character he has to create and he’s done really well.
“Little bits of Sheepie are coming out in rehearsals, and I’m sure he will still rip the audience to pieces.”
The Wizard of Oz runs until Sunday, January 5, at Motherwell Theatre.
Tickets costing £11-£14 are available by calling the box office on 01698 403120 or by visiting www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/entertainment.