Oz in the News 12.14.10

Fascinated with Judy Garland Charles Triplett’s love of Judy Garland started at a young age. He can remember watching “The Wizard of Oz” for the first time when he was only 6 years old in 1966. Garland has stayed with him ever since.  “I liked the movie, but I liked the girl, too,” Triplett said. “I asked my mother who played her, and she said ‘Judy Garland.’ A few years later, her photo was in the paper, and I cut it out.”

Land of Oz: Yellow Brick Road leads to Olive Branch You realize at the front door you’re not in Kansas, ah, Olive Branch anymore. You have entered the Land of Oz.  “Get back, Toto,” Dale Dickerson says to the marbled dog that begins backing away from the open entrance.  Dickerson, a city alderman, is so nuts about “The Wizard of Oz” that he named his 12-year-old dog after the one owned by the character Dorothy.  Toto, a little large for a cairn terrier, follows Dickerson to “the Oz room.” His collection is relegated to this space.

Liza Minnelli reminisces about her parents on TCM’s ‘Private Screenings’ Saturday night Liza Minnelli is getting her second major appearance on TV in four days thanks to TCM and its host extraordinaire Robert Osborne.  She is back Sunday evening to reminisce about her parents actress Judy Garland and producer/director Vincente Minnelli. Osborne has known Minnelli for more than 40 years. He has wanted to do this “Private Screenings” for a long time but there were some challenges. TCM,  for instance, doesnt have a lot of Garland’s films in the library and it costs money to screen them, he said. And he said he’s sometimes shy asking friends to talk to him on camera. “I don’t want people to avoid me!” he said. “That’s always been a hang up of mine. I was delighted she was willing to come on.”

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ Follow the Yellow Brick Road to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. It all started with a book. In 1900, the publication of L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” caused a national sensation that led to13 sequels over the next 20 years. This timeless tale has been brought to life in many forms, and now a colorful traveling exhibition is a larger than life pop-up book that dazzles the eyes and stimulates the mind, while instilling a love of reading and storytelling.

Christmas-infused ‘Wizard of Oz’ to be performed at Summerlin Library The Christmas twist on the children’s tale includes a snow blizzard instead of a tornado, a snowman instead of the Scarecrow, a toy soldier instead of the Tin Man and a stuffed lion toy instead of the Cowardly Lion.  “Although I bought the script online (for the play), we made it our own,” said CreativArts owner and artistic director Kristena Stringer. “We made it fit what our needs were.”

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