Kildare’s LARK take on yellow brick road adventure

Pixie Kelly will be making her stage debut next month when she takes on the role of Toto in the Wizard of Oz. Her owner, Michaela has ensured the feisty dog hasn’t missed a rehearsal, and the canine actress has been attending the Pet Care practice in advance of the show which runs from March 19 to 23 at the Moat Theatre, Naas.

Pixie Kelly will be making her stage debut next month when she takes on the role of Toto in the Wizard of Oz. Her owner, Michaela has ensured the feisty dog hasn’t missed a rehearsal, and the canine actress has been attending the Pet Care practice in advance of the show which runs from March 19 to 23 at the Moat Theatre, Naas.

High tech backdrops, blue screen technology and movie shoots are all being put to good use as part of LARK’s (Local Arts Community Culture Kildare) latest production, which is being directed by Pauric J. Dunne.

The show, which was launched last Wednesday February 13 at Cunninghams in Kildare town, features a stellar cast with Dawn Broughan as Dorothy, Dave Wilson as the Wizard, Ollie Byrne as the Guard, Kevin McCarthy as Tin Man and Ellen Heffernan as the Scarecrow.

LARK chairman, Thomas Heffernan explained how they were planning a film shoot at a number of locations including Kilinthomas Woods in Rathangan last weekend. The footage will be used as the backdrop to the show giving it a very authentic feel, bringing the audience right into the story. The actors will also be working with blue screen technology for some background shots, a first for the pioneering group. Last year, they filmed scenery in Moore Abbey for Annie.

“We started out in 2006 with Christmas Kicks and we have gone on to do a variety of things. We have done shows such as The King and I, Peter Pan, Oliver, Aladin. We did Annie last year,” said Thomas.

“There are roughly 100 people involved - about 60 children and 40 adults. We started work on it back in October and its been going really well.”

The group hope the audience will enjoy this exciting and innovative show.

Tickets for children and OAPs cost E10 and E15 for adults and they can be purchased from the Moat Box office on 045 883030.

- Niamh O’Donoghue