After an exhaustive nation wide search, newcomer Carly Bettinson has scored the coveted role of Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ - ARENA SPECTACULAR, which is set to tour Australia in 2019.
At 19 years of age, Carly is a recent graduate of the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre (BAMT). Growing up in Brisbane, Carly started out as an audience member attending Harvest Rain shows, and that's where her love of theatre first blossomed.
"I think it was always a dream in the back of my mind to be in the cast of a Harvest Rain show one day", says Carly.
She's no stranger to arena productions, having performed last year as part of the mass ensemble in GREASE - THE ARENA EXPERIENCE. "I was just pinching myself the whole time that I got to be part of such a huge production. I never dreamed that a year later I'd be leading the principal cast of a major arena show. It really is a dream come true!"
Just like GREASE, this new arena production of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature a large mass ensemble of over 500 young performers who will play Munchkins, Poppies, Emerald City Citizens, Winkie and Jitterbugs throughout the show.
Producer Tim O'Connor says "When casting the role of Dorothy, we knew we wanted to find a fresh face, and someone who would fit right in amongst the young people in the mass ensemble. We were thrilled when we found Carly because not only did she fit in, she actually came from the mass ensemble! It's great for all the thousands of young people across the country who take part in our shows to see what performing in the mass ensemble can lead to!"
THE WIZARD OF OZ - ARENA SPECTACULAR opens at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in April 2019, before heading to Brisbane Entertainment Centre in July 2019, Adelaide Entertainment Centre in October 2019 and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney in January 2020. More cities to be announced soon.