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For any girl, the choice of shoes for her first big performance is a major decision, but Falkirk Operatic’s Amy Sutherland already has her ruby slippers all picked out.

Amy is to play ‘Dorothy’ in the upcoming performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Falkirk Town Hall.

And the society, instituted in 1903, can’t wait to take a trip down the yellow brick road.

The Royal Shakespeare Company version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will feature husband-and-wife team Shirley and Malcolm McNulty as the cowardly Lion and the heartless Tin Man respectively, while Rebecca Anderson will play the empty-headed Scarecrow.

Carol Sutherland, Amy’s mother, will play the Wicked Witch of the West opposite Claire Fraser as good witch Glinda.

The production will also star miniature Yorkshire terrier Dylan Morton from Polmont as Toto.

Luckily, the clever pooch is already well trained and is now answering to the name of the cute dog from Kansas.

Elizabeth Woodford, secretary at Falkirk Operatic Society, said: “I think audiences can expect a very good, fun, upbeat performance of ‘The Wizard of the Oz’.

“Paul Clark, who is a member of the society, will be doing the make-up, and, especially in the Lion and the Wicked Witch, his work is fantastic.

“The cast is really looking forward to performing in Falkirk Town Hall, and we will all be hoping to transport everyone watching over the rainbow.

“I think everyone should follow the yellow brick road to Falkirk Steeple to get their tickets.”

From the classic children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ tells the story of whimsical teenager Dorothy Gale who dreams of a different life away from the farm.

After a tornado, she is soon transported to the magical land of Oz, meeting new friends like the Munchkins and fighting the wrath of 
the Wicked Witch of the West.

The story unfolds as Dorothy realises that she wants to go back home, and finds out there is only one man to help her, the somewhat mysterious Wizard.

The fantasy adventure tale includes iconic songs like ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead’, and the ‘If I Only ...’ trio of tunes.

Joining the Falkirk cast will be Bob Clark as the ‘Wizard / Professor’ while backstage the production team will be led by Lorna Wallace.

Clare Smith will be in charge of the choreography, and Crawford Moyes is the musical director.

Elizabeth added: “Everyone has worked very hard and we’re all really looking forward to the show.”

The show runs from Tuesday, April 23 until Saturday, April 27, with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The society’s honourary president, Real Radio DJ and personality Ewen Cameron, is expected to attend on one of the evenings.

Tickets, priced £10 and £8 concession (except on Saturday evening), are available from the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850, or from company members.