The search for Toto comes to Saffron Walden


Pup Idol comes to Saffron Hall on Saturday 30th October as the award-winning venue and KD Theatre Productions hold auditions for the perfect pooch to play Toto in the family-friendly pantomime The Wizard of Oz from Thursday 23rd December – Wednesday 29th December 2021.

The call is for all dogs, big or small, young or old, hairy or bald. If your canine companion has the style and personality of a star performer then this could be their chance to bow-wow audiences this Christmas.

Toto will join Dorothy (played by Lucy Bell) as she embarks on an exciting adventure, over the rainbow, where along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow (Jack Ballard) who longs for a brain, the Tin Man (Joey Warne) who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion (James Stirling) who is desperate to be brave and find some courage. Dorothy needs to find her way home, but it’s not going to be easy with the Wicked Witch of the West (Laura Hyde) watching her every move! Will the beautiful Gilda the Good (Hope Thompson) or the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz be able to help Dorothy and her newfound friends?

This family favourite tale is directed by Daniel Bell and choreographed by Katherine Hickmott. Mark Aldous takes on the role of Musical Director while Gregory Jordan is the production’s Lighting Designer.

Angela Dixon, Chief Executive Saffron Hall Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with KD Theatre Productions on this magical show. This is the first time Saffron Hall has presented a Christmas show, and we are excited to welcome families from across the region to the Hall over the festive season”.

This spectacular and colourful pantomime is jam packed with dazzling dance routines, lavish costumes, glittering scenery and endless fun for all ages! Featuring a live band and a professional cast – don’t miss out on this festive treat for all the family!

Katherine Hickmott and Daniel Bell, the Associate Producers for KD Theatre Productions said: “We can’t wait to work with the team at the stunning Saffron Hall and produce their first ever Christmas pantomime! The venue lends itself to a magical festive treat and we have brought together performers and creatives at the top of their game.”

“The Festive Season is the perfect time for a family of all generations to come together and experience the magic of live theatre whilst getting into the holiday spirit. Especially after being away from our loved ones for so long, the theatre is the perfect place to bring families and communities back together. We shall be sprinkling our Saffron Hall pantomime with an extra dose of Christmas sparkle to celebrate being back together!”

This production is a festive adaptation based on the story by Frank L Baum and not the MGM musical version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

If your dog has the style and sWAG to wow audiences then pre-register by emailing (with the subject Search for Toto) with the dogs name and photo, owners name and contact telephone number. Auditions will be held on Saturday 30th October at 10.00am at Saffron Hall.

The chosen dogs must be available from Tuesday 21st December – Wednesday 29th December 2021 for rehearsals and performances.

The Wizard of Oz at Saffron Hall will run from Thursday 23rd December – Wednesday 29th December 2021

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