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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 wiz­ard­o­fozthe­mu­si­

SHOW­MAN: For­mer Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent Caleb Vines is set to per­form in the Mel­bourne Sea­son of The Wizard of Oz.

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