A DIRECTOR has revealed his delight after the opening night of a theatre grouop's new show attracted a sell-out crowd.

Every night this week Barrow Operatic and Dramatic Society (BODS) is presenting the Wizard of Oz.

From their first night, the cast have performed the ageless story in front of large crowds.

The show’s director, Steve Carrick said: “This great, classic story is full of colourful sets, fantastic costumes and unforgettable songs.

"Tickets are moving fast, and houses are quickly filling up.

"The show has rehearsed really well, and we had a great opening night, the enthusiastic large audience loved it.

"There are lots of special effects, a brilliant Toto the dog, superb performances from principal actors and ensemble and a sixteen-piece orchestra.

"This is a must-see family show!”

BODS is performing all this week at The Forum Theatre in Barrow, at 7.30 pm every night until Saturday when there are two matinee performances at 1pm and 5pm (fancy dress an option).

The Scarecrow played by Louise Marshall, the Tinman is played by Craig Mitchell, Dorothy is played by Caitlin McIntosh, the Lion is played by Sam Southern and Toto the dog is played by Otto.

A description of the show described the tale: “Come and watch the journey Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto take ‘Over the Rainbow’ to the mysterious and wonderful land of Oz.

"The tornado that sweeps Dorothy up, lands her in Munchkin land where she meets the beautiful and wacky Glenda, Witch of the North and the evil Witch of the West.

"With her iconic ruby red slippers, Dorothy travels along the ’Yellow Brick Road’ to meet the Wizard of Oz.

"Along the way she meets Scarecrow, who wants a brain, Tinman, who wants a heart and Lion who wants courage.

"They have great adventures and overcome many obstacles to achieve what they all crave for.”

Previous productions staged by the group, which was established in 1910, include Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein and Calendar Girls: The Musical.