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Wizard of Oz

Frances-Anne O'Carroll

Donor Development Officer, Fran O'Carroll, chats to us about a fantastic production of the Wizard of Oz which was performed this week by individuals with autism who attend our West of Scotland service. 

Firstly i'd like ot say a huge congratulations to all involved in the West of Scotland’s production of the Wizard of Oz. After being transported to Kansas, staff, service users and family alike were emerged in Dorothy’s world. 
Toto, Andrew Jardine in a dog onsie, along with Dorothy went on an adventure. All of the sets, including the yellow brick road, the Emerald City and the forest were fantastic and produced by the WOS drama group.
The lead role of Dorothy was performed by Pauline Jackson who was also selling some of her wonderful handmade jewellery at the production. Her family were all extremely proud of her performance and her wonderful solo!
The Christmas play will hopefully become an annual event, last year with the performance of Oliver and this year's Wizard of Oz. All of the costumes were fantastic, my favourite being the Tin Man, who was of course looking for a heart. The audience booed and ahh'd and quickly turned against the Wicked Witch of the West in true panto style.  Alistair Cowell, who had played the Scarecrow, thanked the audience, the staff and everyone involved in the production at the end.  He described how much work had went into the Wizard of Oz over the past few months by everyone and how much support was received from family members and staff which was lovely to hear.
Some lovely volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group were there to help out on the day and they helped the day go extremely smoothly.  Thank you Steven, Marie and Jenna.



With fantastic performances from all involved and some great singing of somewhere over the rainbow with a big finish from all the audience were left with a tear in their eye and firmly in the spirit of the festive season!