A MAGICAL time awaits panto fans after the cast of a fun production in East Renfrewshire was unveiled.

The Wizard of Oz will take centre stage at Eastwood Park Theatre for almost 60 shows between November 25 and December 30.

Alex Rea, 25, takes on the role of Dorothy after wowing panto producers during her audition.

"I'm thrilled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform back on home soil," said Alex, who trained at the University of Chichester and the International College of Musical Theatre and already has a string of stage, film and music credits to her name.

"There really is no place like home.

"I'm excited about my journey along the yellow brick road at Eastwood Park Theatre and can't wait for audiences to see what we have in store this panto season."

Alex will be joined on stage by Alan Mirren, who plays the Tin Man, Liam Webster, who seeks courage as the Cowardly Lion, and Jamie Lemetti, who plays the Scarecrow.

Garry King will play The Wizard of Oz and also co-direct Eastwood Park Theatre's panto for the second year running.

His dog Sandra – a three-year-old highland maltie – will join the team as Dorothy's faithful pooch Toto.

Stephen McLaughlin takes on the villainous role of the Wicked Witch, while the Good Witch will be played by Kate Richards.

The panto's head dancer is Emma Willis Richards, who has performed on stage since the age of nine.

Supporting the main cast will be talented junior performers as they take on the role of Munchkins.

These rising stars come from a range of dance and theatre schools, including Eastwood Park Theatre Juniors, Go Kids Scotland, Karen Burns School of Dance, Fab Stars School of Dance and East Kilbride Stagecoach.

It is the second year in a row that Spillers Pantomimes has produced the Giffnock theatre's festive show.

Anthony McReavy, of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, told the Barrhead News: "We're excited to announce the cast for The Wizard of Oz and can't wait for them to grace our stage at Eastwood Park Theatre.

"Thousands came to sell-out shows last year and, this year, we're planning an even bigger panto production, with a magical journey along the yellow brick road to Oz.

"Panto season is fast approaching, so book your tickets now."

Seats can be booked from £12 upwards, with family tickets available from £50.

British Sign Language and relaxed performances will be available.

For more details or to book, visit www.ercultureandleisure.org/events/the-wizard-of-oz or call the box office on 0141 577 4956.