Oz in the News 12.13.14

4b418c7a61c90814c538f7c7a316136a‘Wizard of Oz’ author’s descendent to make appearance at DeBary Christmas Parade “Frank was my mother’s first cousin, so he makes me his second cousin,” Goettel, a DeBary resident, explained of the connection to the prolific author, who wrote, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which inspired the classic movie. “I’m the last nephew to Auntie Em.” Goettel explained that Baum was inspired by their Aunt Emily Ingerson Waren, and the time he spent on her farm in central New York, to include her in his classic tale. “She was a real homebody,” Goettel explained. “He admired her ways, her strengths, her cooking.” Goettel added that Baum was also inspired by his niece, Dorothy, whom he visited in Kansas in the early 1900s. “His favorite niece, Dorothy, with her parents, moved to Kansas,” he explained. “He went out to visit her and stayed with her, because she was very sickly at a young age.”  The DeBary Christmas Parade will take place at 3 p.m. along N. U.S. Highway 17/92, between Spring Vista Drive, and Poinsettia Drive in DeBary.

Oz in the News 12.10.14

MaguireFirst Guest announced for the 37th annual Oz-Stravaganza! Festival  The International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation announced recently that author Gregory Maguire will be attending the 2015 event. Gregory Maguire is the author of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, the novel that inspired the blockbuster musical play, (now in its twelfth year on Broadway).  Maguire will be a part of the weekend’s programming as well as meeting fans and signing autographs. The annual Oz-Stravaganza! Festival celebrates all things Oz in Chittenango, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, the author of the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit, all volunteer International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation. The dates in 2015 are June 5, 6, and 7.

‘All Things Oz’ Museum Opens for Tours, Shopping  The “All Things Oz” museum, located at 219 Genesee St. in Chittenango will be open for tours and Christmas shopping Dec. 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The museum is a 501C3 non-profit and is run by an all volunteer staff. 100 percent of the money raised is used for the museum and the annual Oz-Stravaganza! festival.  New Oz merchandise is arriving daily including books, crafts, stuffed animals, tee shirts, wall hangings, collectibles, magnets, painted bricks, posters, trading cards, movies, puzzles, games, buttons, aprons, autographed items, dolls, stickers and much more. Museum memberships are also available. Check out the museum at: allthingsoz.org.

The Wizard and I: Meet Wicked’s Great and Powerful Tim Kazurinsky  “One time my wife called about my kids, so I shut off my squawk box speaker system for a moment. I didn’t hear them announce that they were putting in a different Elphaba because the other Elphaba had gotten sick. I came out for the second act, and there was a different woman on stage. I was the only person in the building who didn’t know that they changed Wicked Witches. I’m like, OK, I’m in my 60s, I know I’m getting old and senile, but I don’t remember this woman from the first act! The first minute or two, I was like, I’ve lost the plot, I’m officially in dementia land. But then I got over it. I steadied the ship and pressed through.”

Oz in the News 12.4.14

WickedPosterWicked: film could be out as soon as 2016  The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical Wicked could be in cinemas in as little as two years. The website Film Divider reports that a presentation by the head of Vue Cinemas, Tim Richards, say that the CEO not only included a slide on Wicked, but a 2016 release date. Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry has long been rumoured to be attached to the film, with Glee star Lea Michele and One Direction singer Harry Styles rumoured to play the roles of Elphaba and Fiyero. Universal bought the rights to a film version of Wicked before the stage musical, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman, even went into development. The release date is so far unconfirmed by Universal.

Oz Christmas parade to kick off Shipley’s festive celebrations  A SENSATIONAL Shipley Christmas kicks off this weekend with traditional celebrations including a magical pantomime parade to toast the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Sing-a-longs, dance and plenty of festive fun is promised in Market Square and Well Croft on Saturday when Rudolph the Reindeer will help Santa Claus guide his huge sleigh into town with Dorothy, the Lion, Wicked Witch and Wizard in tow.

Oz in the News 12.3.14

wicked-witches-of-oz2-posterThe Wicked Witches of Oz – Hedon Pantomime 2015  A PANTO twist on the famous story of Dorothy, Toto and the famous characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Hedon Drama Group announce their 2015 production – The Wicked Witches of Oz to be performed at the Alexandra Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 22nd – 24th January 2015. A Pantomime for all the family – please click the poster, download and help share the news of this annual traditional performance, with its two-tickets-for-one offer on the Thursday and Matinee on the Saturday.

Over the Rainbow: Judy Garland at MGM at Cinema Arts Centre  Join Film Historian Philip Harwood for a trip down the Yellow Brick Road to explore the fascinating career of one of the most influential actors in Hollywood history, Judy Garland, at the studio that boasted “more stars than there are in heaven” on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY. 631-423-7611 www.CinemaArtsCentre.org.  Philip Harwood has had a life-long passion for the arts, especially film. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at LIU: C.W. Post, and teaches at the 92nd Street Y, and the JCC in Manhattan. He was Coordinator for Lifelong Learning at Queens College, where he also programmed the annual Summer Film Festival.

Oz in the News 12.2.14

16465302-mmmain‘We’re off to see the Wizard…’ John Simpson continues MGM-inspired murals in downtown Springfield  It started off with the Cowardly Lion and now the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy herself have been added to the crew. Artist John Simpson is hoping to complete “The Wizard of Oz,” series before the weather makes it difficult to stand in the cold for hours working on larger-than-life paintings of recognizable characters in music and film. Simpson, who has been painting murals on a vacant downtown building in Court Square, added the three newest characters to the series over the weekend. “I’m really excited about these and I have been trying to do as much as I can over the weekend,” he said. “Once the characters are done I will be able to focus on the background and maybe even add some words.”

Oz in the News 11.28.14

628x471Giant balloons draw oohs, ahhs at Macy’s parade  Spectators of all ages oohed and ahhed as giant inflated characters floated through the streets of Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thursday’s spectacle featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. It was around 37 degrees with a hint of drizzle and light winds as clowns shot a burst of confetti from canisters to get the show rolling.

Oz in the News 11.25.14

US-BONHAMS-COWARDLY LIONWizard Of Oz’s Lion Costume Sells For Over $3m A mystery bidder showed courage as he kept his nerve to secure the Cowardly Lion costume from the Judy Garland classic movie The Wizard Of Oz for over $3m at auction. The big cat outfit was worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film and sold on Monday at Bonhams in New York. It is made out of real lion hide and fur and was discovered over 20 years ago in one of the oldest buildings on the MGM lot. It is not known who paid $3,077,000 (£1,962,734) for the item. A spokesman for the costume’s previous owner, James Comisar, said a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1m.