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They’re off to see the Wizard in Downham

Downham Amateur Dramatic Society is a local, am-dram society and has been entertaining audiences in the area for over 70 years, having formed back in 1947.

They regularly put on three to four productions a year including serious dramas, comedies and the town’s yearly pantomime in January.

In recent years they have also moved into putting on full-scale musicals, which have been highly acclaimed every year.

DADS The Wizard of Oz
DADS The Wizard of Oz

Their musicals so far include the musical version of the cult film Little Shop of Horrors and then last year, the extremely successful classic, The Sound of Music, which was very well received.

This year’s musical offering, The Wizard of Oz, is based on another classic film from 1939 starring the wonderful Judy Garland and will be performed in Downham Town Hall.

DADS hope that the local audience will Follow the Yellow Brick Road, with them all the way to Oz again this year.

It is a fantastic musical and fun time for the whole family,

Director Phil Meliasaid: “We are well and truly down the yellow brick road and close to the Emerald City.

“The cast and crew have been amazing, working together well and practising really hard.

“There has been an really fun atmosphere, especially when Sweep the dog rocks up to play Toto.

“It makes for an interesting rehearsal.

“With more than 180 props and 100 costumes it really is a team effort and the whole society is getting involved.

“I am confident it will be the biggest and most professional show Downham Market will have seen locally.

“Now we just need the audience. Please don’t miss this opportunity!”

The Wizard of Oz is being performed at the Town Hall from Thursday, October 10 until Sunday, October 13.

Tickets are on sale now from Mobility Plus, 40 Bridge Street, Downham, or you can book online at www.dadsdrama.org.uk.

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