Oz in the News 1.23.11

Springfield author carries on legacy of Oz Roger Baum did not start off following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps. He’s had a slew of jobs from salesman to emergency medical technician to stockbroker.  He had dabbled in writing when one night in 1987, a friend challenged him to write an Oz book and said he would illustrate it.  “And I thought, it’s a little presumptuous,” he says.

Thousands Audition for Wizard of Oz in Iceland Approximately 4,000 children and teenagers went to Reykjavík City Theater on Wednesday to register for auditions for the theater’s upcoming staging of the musical The Wizard of Oz.  The theater is looking for 20-30 kids for parts as extras, such as monkeys, children and munchkins which the main character Dorothy runs into in her travels around the magical world of Oz, Fréttabladid reports.

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