Little wonder Dorothy's such a hit

HELLO THERE: Dorothy performs in front of a southern crowd in Invercargill.
HELLO THERE: Dorothy performs in front of a southern crowd in Invercargill.

The roar of excited children bounced off the walls at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill yesterday as the Dorothy the Dinosaur travelling show took to the stage.

More than 650 parents and children filled the theatre, while the delighted kids danced down the aisles to classic Wiggles songs such as Hot Potato and Clap Your Hands, along with new Dorothy songs never heard before in New Zealand.

Tour manager Luke Field said Southland children made up some of the best audiences the show had had, and the cast was looking forward to returning to New Zealand as soon as possible.

Dorothy had not been to New Zealand since 2009.

"It's fantastic. (The children) were very vocal and enthusiastic and really got involved," he said.

The colourful cast had been touring New Zealand for the past month and kicked off its second to last show yesterday, with old favourites including Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.

The show was written and created by Anthony Field, the blue Wiggle, with the storyline of Dorothy searching for the perfect roses to make the best rosy-posy cake.

The show had an Australian cast, all of whom were on the Dorothy the Dinosaur TV series and based in Sydney.

The energetic cast had been rehearsing for about a month for more than 30 shows during their tour.

The whole cast hit the gym and led a very happy, healthy lifestyle, Mr Field said.

Plenty of effort went into the elaborate costumes, and the performers always made sure they were perfect before hitting the stage – "(so we) can have a top-class show," he said.

Civic Theatre team leader Brian Jones said the cast had put a lot of energy into the show, which was evident with the excitement in the atmosphere.

"The children are very ... excited to see the people dressed up ..." he said.

The last show will be held at Christchurch's La Vida centre tomorrow.

The Southland Times