Special season of shows ahead for one of Australia's oldest musical societies

"Enjoying every minute": Georgia Herbert plays Dorothy Gale with Bruiser as Toto in Rockdale Musical Society’s The Wizard Of Oz. Picture: Supplied

"Enjoying every minute": Georgia Herbert plays Dorothy Gale with Bruiser as Toto in Rockdale Musical Society’s The Wizard Of Oz. Picture: Supplied

Rockdale Musical Society is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

To kick off a special season of festivities and shows the society is presenting the magical musical The Wizard of Oz during March.

This production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic developed from the ever-popular MGM movie of the same name, ‘‘which ironically was released the same year as Rockdale Musical Society was formed’’ says RMS President Fran Appleyard.

‘‘This was one of the deciding facts for putting this show on,’’ Mrs Appleyard said.

The stage version of the show contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, along with all the favorite characters and iconic moments that make The Wizard of Oz a favorite for the young and young at heart.

Portraying the role of Dorothy, made famous by Judy Garland, is 16-year-old Georgia Herbert.

Georgia is a year 12 student of Wollongong High School Of The Performing Arts.

Although she has been involved with musical theatre for some time this is her first lead role - but she is enjoying the challenge.

‘‘Playing Dorothy is very rewarding, I’m enjoying every minute of it,’’  Georgia said/

Rockdale Musical Society veteran Paul Miller will star as Professor Marvel/The Wizard.

[The movie ] ironically was released the same year as Rockdale Musical Society was formed

Fran Appleyard

The role of the Wicked Witch of the West will be played by Nicole Butler who was last seen on the Rockdale Town Hall stage as Aerial in RMS’s The Little Mermaid.

Also starring in the production is Dan Schneider as Lion, Brad Gavin as Tin Man, Tim Wotherspoon as Scarecrow and Laura Garrick as Glinda.

Toto will be played by a real dog not unfamiliar to the stage, Bruiser, has been seen in shows such as Legally Blonde and Little Shop Of Horrors.

Being the first show in the Society’s 80th year no expense has been spared to make this a memorable production, using technology that will bring the show into the standard of the staging up to that of what you’d expect to see in a professional show in the city.

‘‘We are going all out, keeping the show looking and feeling like the show everyone knows, but moving ahead with flying sets and special effects on a scale we have only ever dabbled in before’’ says the shows Director Carina Herbert.

Click your heels together as you rediscover the story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

The Wizard Of Oz opens at the Rockdale Town Hall on March 8 for 10 performances only.

  • Friday, March 8 at 7.30pm
  • Saturday, March 9 at 11am
  • Saturday, March 9 at 4pm
  • Sunday, March 10 at 11am
  • Friday, March15 at 7.30pm
  • Saturday, March 16 at 11am
  • Saturday, March 16 at 4pm
  • Sunday, March 17 at 11am
  • Sunday, March 17 at 4pm

Tickets can be booked by visiting rockdalemusicalsociety.com or calling the box office on 0423 566 393.