Oz in the News 9.30.11

The Force will be in costume for sci-fi exhibit  Aliens, stormtroopers and ghostbusters will invade Tampa Saturday afternoon for the opening of a science-fiction themed exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center. This traveling exhibit of more than 40 costumes and props from pop culture history will be on display through January on the third floor of the History Center. In the collection are items from iconic films and characters such as the Wicked Witch’s hat from “The Wizard of Oz,” Darth Vadar’s cape, helmet and light saber from “Star Wars,” Indiana Jones’ leather jacket and whip, Luke Skywalker’s severed hand and light saber and Robin’s costume from the 1966 “Batman” TV series.

Oztoberfest returns with Muchkins and more  Oztoberfest, the annual celebration of “The Wizard of Oz” and its legacy and influence, returns this weekend to Wamego, which with its Oz Museum has embraced the Kansas ties to L. Frank Baum’s famed series of books and the classic MGM movie musical they spawned. The weekend event will include autograph sessions with two of the four surviving little people and the widow of another who portrayed a Munchkin in the 1939 movie.

A-Listers Including Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway Lining Up to Record Audiobooks  Audible.com is going Hollywood, enlisting a roster of A-list stars to record a new line of audiobooks drawn from famous works of literature. Stars who’ve signed up to read great books include Nicole Kidman, who won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours and who will be reading Woolf’s To the Lighthouse; Anne Hathaway, who is lending her voice to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; and Dustin Hoffman, who will read Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There.

Caldwell hosts high school marching band showcase  The largest field ever assembled for the USSBA Showcase Band competition will converge on the Caldwell High School athletic field Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Caldwell High School Marching Band and Caldwell Band Boosters, features 20 top-notch marching bands from throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. This year’s Marching Cougars are 75 members strong, consisting of winds, percussion, color guard and characters from The Wizard of Oz. The band’s musical show features music from both the blockbuster musical “Wicked” and “The Wizard of Oz.” It is entitled, “A Tale of Oz.” Music includes: “The Overture,” “The Twister,” “No One Mourns the Wicked,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “March of the Winkies,” “No Good Deed” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Oz parody is howling good fun  Jordan Richardson along with former artistic director Eric Hoit, has written and is also directing the latest production, “The Werewolf of Dr. Oz,” a crazy and silly take-off on elements of the “Wizard of Oz.” What the pair have written is a very funny tale of Donny Gale (Mike Fiore), who is scratched by a werewolf tooth and starts turning into one. In his adventure to find a cure, Donny runs across some crazy characters, while falling in love with the perky Judy June Jones.

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One response to “Oz in the News 9.30.11

  1. Glenda the good witch

    I wish I had that Hat for MY collection!

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