SOMEWHERE, OVER THE HUMBER BRIDGE
When: Friday, December 7, to Sunday, January 13, 7.15pm most nights, plus matinees on select days. Check with theatre.
Where: Hull Truck, Ferensway, Hull
Tickets: From £12 to £17.50
To book: 01482 323638
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Origins: L Frank Baum's book The Wizard Of Oz, published in 1900, tells the story of Dorothy Gale, who is swept away from her Kansas farm home in a tornado.
Success: The original novel was such a success that Baum penned another 13 stories based in the land of Oz.
Versions: There have been numerous versions and adaptations of Baum's story, including a 1902 Broadway musical which the author adapted. There were also film versions in 1910 and1925.
Garland: The most famous version of the tale starred Judy Garland as Dorothy. The studio originally wanted Shirley Temple to play the part.
We're off the see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of ... Hull? As Hull Truck launches its feel-good family show Ian Midgley meets former soap star stepping into Dorothy Gale's ruby slippers
W ho would have thought that the Yellow Brick Road led to Hull?
Previously, according to author L Frank Baum and Judy Garland, it was always assumed that the road Elton John was so keen to sing about always led to the Emerald City.
But at Hull Truck they like to do things a little differently; a little more Hull.
That is why when the Ferensway theatre launches its feel-good family Christmas show this weekend, there will be a distinctly Humber-hue to the proceedings.
Dorothy definitely won't be in Kansas any more.
She is more likely to be starting out from Hessle.
And former Hollyoaks star Dominique Jackson, who will be taking on the central, ruby-slippered role of Dorothy, says the show will definitely resonate with East Yorkshire audiences during its five-week run.
When we speak, the 21-year-old, who played troubled teenager Lauren Valentine in the long-running Channel 4 soap, is deep into the second week of rehearsals.
We're backstage in the theatre's "green room" where the talent goes to relax in between long days in the rehearsal room and post-performance.
In one corner, a group are meeting for a writers' workshop.
In the room next door the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are being put through their paces in a jaunty musical number to a piano accompaniment.
There's not a flying monkey or munchkin to be seen. Yet.
The local children who will be playing the Oz's enchanted little folk will be arriving later.
For Dominique, who turned 21 last week, Truck's version of The Wizard Of Oz is one that hits all the right notes this Christmas.
"It's not really The Wizard Of Oz with a twist," the actress said.
"It's still the same story that everyone knows and loves.
"It still has all the same themes and ideas and fun – it's just been changed a little to make it more relatable for the kids in Hull.
"I'm not from Kansas anymore," she said proudly. "Now I'm definitely from Hull. And we've got a lot of local references in there that I'm sure people will enjoy."
A fan of the classic 1939 film version of the story, Dominique says it has been fun reinterpreting the role made famous by Judy Garland to give Dorothy her own distinct character.
It helps that the show, which is a co-production with Bolton's Octagon Theatre, features an entirely new set of songs that set it apart from the famous MGM version.
There might not be a rendition of Over The Rainbow, but Over The Humber Bridge promises to be just as memorable for locals.
"The best thing about watching the show evolve in rehearsals has been seeing the characters develop," said Dominique, who made her West End stage debut at the age of six in a production of Annie.
"Each of the actors has brought a little bit of themselves to the part to create something completely new.
"They've all really stamped their own personality and qualities on each part and, from just seeing it in rehearsals.
"It looks like it is going to be a really great show.
"Plus it's got great colourful sets, great costumes and really nice music, so I think it is going to be a really enjoyable feel-good show for Christmas.
"I think the kids are going to love it, which is what Christmas is all about. Isn't it?"