St Helens Theatre Royal’s half term panto has opened to rave reviews and one of the stars of the show is Buddy – a two-year-old Jack Russell/Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier cross!

Buddy, who hails from Northwich, makes his panto debut in Wizard of Oz playing Dorothy’s best pal Toto and, so far, he has proved to be a real scene stealer and a real favourite with the audience!

The Reviews Hub said: “In a whirl of firework banging, children booing and music blaring, little Toto keeps his cool and delights dog-lovers in the audience with his on stage presence.”

His owner and trainer, Jema Leopold, explained: “Buddy is super excited to be playing the part of Toto at St Helens Theatre Royal.

“He has performed at outdoor shows but this is his first time performing on stage. Buddy is a bundle of trouble and everyone always falls in love with him.

“He has recently started learning agility and has really taken to it and he knows a few tricks too!”

Buddy has his own Instagram account so you can follow him at its_so_buddy. But in the meantime, why not catch him in action in the Wizard of Oz at St Helens Theatre Royal this October half term?


Regal Entertainments’ enchanting production of The Wizard of Oz opened last Saturday and runs until this Sunday, October 30th.

Headlining the cast is former Eastenders’ actress Cheryl Fergison who is hilarious as The Wicked Witch of the West.

Cheryl, who played Heather Trott in the soap opera for many years, is a multi-talented performer who has starred in many stage and film productions and is a wonderful singer and musician.

She has been receiving boos and hisses aplenty in her role as the cantankerous old witch with her scary cackle…

Cheryl is joined on stage by the beautiful Charlotte Gallagher (Snow White and Peter Pan) who plays Dorothy, the brilliant Phillip MCGuiness as the Tinman, loveable Simon Foster as the cowardly Lion, hilarious Liam Mellor as the scatty Scarecrow and Radio City 2 – 105.9FM’s Claire Simmo as Glinda the Good Witch.


Regal Entertainments are well-known for their critically acclaimed smash hit seasonal productions, which are always chock full of glitz, glamour, songs, dance, family filled fun, silly antics and slapstick comedy and The Wizard of Oz is no exception.

With an all-star cast in the bag and tickets starting at just £10, let St Helens Theatre Royal take you and your little munchkins somewhere over the rainbow to The Merry Old Land of Oz!

So, click your heels together and feel your troubles melt away like lemon drops. Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog Toto, as they journey along the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard, so that he can make their wishes come true.

Watch out for the Wicked Witch and get ready for a whole lot of family fun as this fantastic tale is reawakened once more.

Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager said: “We are delighted with the response to our half term panto so far – the audience have loved it and have really been getting into the spirit of things, booing and hissing and joining in all the songs. And Buddy has been so well behaved – everyone has fallen in love with him!

“There’s still a few tickets left so treat your little munchkins this half term and bring them to see Wizard of Oz for a magical family afternoon of fun entertainment!”



“Regal Entertainments provide a wonderfully wicked medley of magic, villains and lots of giggles in St. Helens Theatre Royal this half term.” The Reviews Hub

“Full of energetic dance, fun story-telling, slapstick and bawdy humour, the action ticked along – providing two hours 20 minutes’ value-for-money entertainment.” St Helens Star

“From high-energy show tunes with brilliant choreography and acrobatics, to the best behaving Toto we’ve ever seen! Ellie picked up some of the more adult-orientated gags (which had me full on laughing) while Cleo was giggling away at the slapstick falling over and fart jokes!” The Guide

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Regal Entertainments Ltd presents The Wizard of Oz

Dates: Sat, 22nd Oct – Sun, 30th Oct

Times: 1pm and 5pm

Tickets: Adults £12, concessions, £11, children £10, family tickets £42




Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or log on to:

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