Oz in the News 4.2.11

Artist Nick Botting Observes WIZARD OF OZ Cast for Paintings Inspired by the production was artist Nick Botting, who was invited behind the scenes to paint the cast in rehearsal. “The difficulty of painting something like this is that the cast were always moving. I hope I have captured something of the intense effort and professionalism of the rehearsals,” Botting tells the Islington Tribune.  The exhibition, entitled ‘Observations’, will take place from April 14 through May 6 at the Portland Gallery.

Grosse Pointe’s Best to Skate in Oz Grosse Pointe’s best skaters will be out in force this weekend to perform in the 40th Annual Reflections on Ice Show, as the St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club presents The Wizard of Oz.  Claire LaDue directs a cast of more than 100 regional, sectional, national and international competitive skaters in a show that is an adaptation of the classic story and includes an appearance by Grosse Pointe Park resident Grant Hochstein.  Hochstein currently competes on the national and international circuit.

Classically Trained: For this concert, follow the yellow brick road Violins and oboes and brass! Oh my!  Those instruments and a host of others from the Pacific Symphony will be playing the classic score to “The Wizard of Oz” live with the iconic film April 7 to 9.  Even the lobby entrance to the 8 p.m. performances in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will have — you guessed it — a yellow brick road that preludes the journey to your seat to see Judy Garland find Emerald City and its wonderful wizard. Symphony officials have even invited concert patrons — you know, all those brave lions and hearty tin men out there — to come in costume and sing along.

Jersey Jack And Planetary Pact For Pinball Parts; Wizard Of Oz Preorders Pass 300 The Wizard of Oz development team is led by Joe Balcer, who worked on Stern’s South Park and Simpsons Pinball Party. Balcer also designed Apollo 13, Baywatch and Star Wars Trilogy, among other pinball titles. Several years ago, he aided in the development Guarnieri’s modern adaption of the puck-bowling machine, Parker Bohn III Pro Bowler.


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