We’re off to see Dorothy ...

By Ivy Jensen

MOAMA Anglican Grammar School’s Charlotte Goode will be heading down the yellow brick road as she takes on her dream role.

The 17-year-old is starring as Dorothy in Initial Stages’ production of The Wizard of Oz which opens in October.

‘‘I just love Judy Garland, she’s so timeless although she did not always have the most easy life, so I am making my own interpretation on the character that people can relate to,’’ she said.

The cast has been rehearsing three times a week since last month, which has proved challenging for the year 11 student who lives in Kyabram.

‘‘Sometimes I handle things well and sometimes I don’t,’’ she laughed.

‘‘Being in year 11 and going to school in Moama, rehearsals in Shepparton and living in Kyabram and everything else it’s extremely busy for me and really it’s easy to get very stressed. I try to avoid stress as much as I can.’’

However, she has plenty of experience in theatre behind her, playing Meg Giry in Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s The Phantom of the Opera, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Cosette in Les Miserables, among others.

Charlotte said the show was coming along well.

‘‘I’m looking forward to putting on this timeless classic. It never gets old and it’s much loved favourite of mine,’’ she said.

The classic musical, which includes a live orchestra, will celebrate the youth theatre company’s 15th anniversary season.

With unforgettable songs such as the Academy Award-winning Somewhere Over The Rainbow as well as Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead and If I Only Had a Brain, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see for the young and young at heart.

‘‘I can’t give too much away but you can expect a great take on this classic and some amazing sets, costume, make-up and of course cast,’’ Charlotte said.

The Wizard of Oz will take to the stage at Riverlinks Westside, Mooroopna, from October 12-14.

To book tickets, phone 58329511 or visit riverlinksvenues.com.au