From School of Rock to Sheringham: David Fynn to voice the Wizard of Oz in pantomime
A stage star who has led a smash hit rock musical in London’s West End will be heard at a north Norfolk pantomime.
David Fynn took the lead in the stage version of School of Rock, taking the role of Dewey Finn made famous by Jack Black in the movie version.
Now the actor, who lives in Los Angeles, is set to feature as the voice of the Wizard of Oz at Sheringham Little Theatre over the festive period.
The star link-up comes through panto director Nick Earnshaw who went to drama school in London with David – as well as panto dame Shane Armstrong.
Mr Earnshaw said: “We were at the Webber Douglas drama school together and when I needed a larger-than-life voice for the panto, he came to mind. I was thrilled when he said’ yes’, although it meant I had to rewrite his part to suit his big ego character.”
Mr Flynn, from Ireland, who recorded his part in a studio in LA, caught the acting bug when playing the lead role in a school production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
His first professional part was in the TV series Spooks where two of his three lines were cut. But he has gone on to work in the National Theatre, and have parts in Doctor Who, Sherlock and Game of Thrones before starring landing the star role in the London production of School of Rock for the past year.
Mr Flynn and Mr Earnshaw have worked together in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 2005 with David as Sir Toby Belch and Nick as Feste the fool.
Mr Earnshaw said this year’s panto was a “dream team” of a really strong professional cast, bolstered by local dance school youngsters. His version will be based on the traditional tale – but with modern music, puppetry, magic, special effects including fire and snow, two chase scenes, and … The Guillotine of Doom.
“The challenge is getting the audience to forget about the Judy Garland movie and enjoy our take on the original story,” he added.
Sheringham Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Having a star like David appear in our show is a real boost. We’re hoping he will make our wizard a real rocking role.”
The panto runs from December 9 to January 1.
For tickets and information contact the Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
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