VINES ADDS MAGIC TO ‘WHIZ-BANG’ SHOW
GEELONG stage star Caleb Vines is part of the cast bringing the magic of The Wizard of Oz to life for audiences across Australia.
The 26-year-old talent features as part of the ensemble joining Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto as they journey through Oz.
Vines has been on tour with the show since its Australian premiere in Brisbane on November 4 and will take to the stage for a three-month season in Melbourne starting in May.
“It’s been really wellreceived. It’s been about 10 years since The Wizard of Oz has been in Australia and this whiz-bang new version from London Palladium has all the songs from the original movie everyone knows, with extra tunes for characters in the original that didn’t get to sing ... plus there are really lavish sets and costumes,” he said.
The show marks the Christian College graduate’s first national tour in Australia.
“It’s a really close-knit family we’ve got on this show — that’s the tour lifestyle, you become each other’s surrogate family,” he said.
“I am working with a lot of people I have admired in the industry as well as people I studied with at university, so there’s new friends and old friends.”
Vines said he was looking forward to bringing the show to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre – the place where he saw his first-ever show, Singin’ in the Rain.
“It’s very special because my gran, who was a local actor in Geelong and really inspired me to get into performing, the first ever thing she did onstage when she was very young was playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and now I am the understudy for that role in this production.”
Vines graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2012. He went on to make his professional debut at the Sydney Opera House as a soloist in A Cole Porter Celebration Concert, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Vines relocated to China, playing the lead role of Hiccup in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: Live Spectacular.
He later travelled to Belgium and Singapore to play The Prince in a reimagining of Cinderella.
Vines is also undertaking a screenwriting degree at RMIT.
His play Wye was selected for The Reading Sessions Festival and is currently being developed for television.
For tickets to The Wizard of Oz, visit wizardofozthemusical.com/
SHOWMAN: Former Christian College student Caleb Vines is set to perform in the Melbourne Season of The Wizard of Oz.