AUDIENCES in Ilkley will be transported to Munchkinland next month.

The town’s Wright Theatre Arts (WTA) Dance Academy will stage the magical musical The Wizard of Oz at the Kings Hall from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30.

Each day will feature a 7pm performance and there will also be a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

A WTA spokeswoman said: “It’s a well-known story, of course, but the magic comes from how this classic tale is told and the delight in seeing familiar characters brought to life on the stage.

“Different styles of dance are matched with an appropriate part of the story, enhancing and developing the plot. It’s an eclectic show, featuring dance genres as diverse as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and Bollywood.

“WTA are also out to smash the misconception that dancing’s for girls. This year no fewer than 12 boys are taking part, including a boy in a lead role for the first time - Adam Williams will be playing the Wizard with much aplomb!

“The cast of over 100 comes from many local schools including All Saints, Ashlands, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley Grammar, Addingham Primary, Burley Oaks, Menston Primary, St Marys, Ermysted, Skipton girls school, Eldwick Primary School, Moorfield, Gyhll Royd and Westville.

“The Wizard of Oz is a perfect family outing. Even if you don’t know a cast member, it’s a great way to introduce children to their first dance spectacular.

“It’s also an opportunity for anyone considering dance lessons to see just what can be achieved. And, aside from the dancing, there’s the heart-warming story of Dorothy and friends, a timeless classic that appeals to all ages.”

No fewer than 470 different outfits will be used across the show, requiring some hasty backstage costume changes.

The show’s choreography is being overseen by WTA’s mother and daughter team, Lynne Wright and Tamsin Wood. Tickets, from £8, are on sale at .