Oz in the News 1.13.11

Ozopolis Reviewed The storyline and dialogue by Kirk Kushin kept my interest going as well as bringing to life characters I hadn’t read about in decades. Gonzalo Martinez did a ‘Fantastic’ job in illustrating the pages! Extremely well done! Laura Abella’s Logo Design for OZopolis was perfect for this introductory issue of the comic book series.

Wonderful music of Oz Led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, the Calgary Philharmonic performs the complete film score for the immortal Hollywood tale of the adventures of a certain young girl named Dorothy and her little dog Toto in the Merry Old Land of Oz.

Improvisational comedy slated at The Electric Theatre Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 19, the group will perform its newest original play, “The Puppeteers: A Wonderful Weirdness in Oz,” Wednesdays through Sundays, through Feb. 6.   Jeff Wills, an actor from Queens, N.Y., directs the family-friendly comedy starring local thespians Conor McGuigan and Heather Stuart, as well as Elizabeth Hope Williams, who works out of New York and Chicago. He said the show borrows heavily from the centuries-old commedia dell’arte tradition of improvisation and audience participation, though it has been adapted to reflect modern times.  “With puppets, we’re going back to the semi-improvisational format, which is very close to how it was done,” Mr. Wills explained. “We don’t write a script, but a sequence of action, so we improvise onstage as well. We perform shows a little bit different every night.”



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