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PUBLISHED: 03:37 23 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

SPLASHES of colour, flying, and special effects will have the audience of this latest Co-op Juniors' production on the edge of their seats.

It's that time of year again for The Evening Star sponsored Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Juniors Christmas pantomime - which is always a sell-out show.

SPLASHES of colour, flying, and special effects will have the audience of this latest Co-op Juniors' production on the edge of their seats.

It's that time of year again for The Evening Star sponsored Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Juniors Christmas pantomime – which is always a sell-out show.

This year's production at the Ipswich Regent from, December 21 to 30, is The Wizard of Oz with a fabulous cast of 100 people.

The curtain will soon be rising on the gripping adventures of Dorothy and friends as they journey down the yellow brick road.

Producer/director Pauline Walker, along with Jeannie Ingram who glean ideas from shows, holidays or trips out, said:

"It is a very popular story: a magical production, which traditionally starts off in black and white, then there's splashes of colour.

"Our previous few shows have been more focused on the Victorian era.

"We decided on Wizard of Oz this year because it is a modern type of show.

"It is a really enjoyable show with flying, singing and dancing, including tap, modern and ballet."

Last year's week long production of Peter Pan attracted an audience of 22,000 and this year is expected to be just as successful.

This show, written by Nigel Virley and adapted from the story by L Frank Baum, follows the magical tale of Dorothy from Kansas.

Dorothy gets caught up in a twister and whisked away to Munchkinland, where she meets the most unexpected characters: a scarecrow, who needs a brain, a tin man with no heart and a lion without courage.

Although the bad witches try to stop Dorothy and her three friends, they travel to the Wizard of Oz who help them eventually get their wishes.

Along the way Dorothy is helped by Naomi – the nice witch of the north – who lends her a pair of magical ruby slippers to keep her safe.

Pauline said: "This is a story for young and old and brilliant for everyone in between.

"It has loads of magical effects, wonderful original music, together with many old favourites and energetic dancing for everyone to enjoy watching. The Co-op Juniors are enjoying putting all their efforts into a magnificent production for this Christmas at the Regent."

n Tickets are on sale now for show at the Ipswich Regent from December 21 to December 30, telephone 01473-433100.

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