Oz in the News 11.24.11

Kindred Spirits presents: The Judy Garland Christmas Show  There’s kitsch. There’s camp. Then there’s the Judy Garland Christmas Show, perhaps the single most absurdly divine thing to ever be produced by the 1960′s television industry. Kindred Spirits presents its 4th Annual Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along December 4th at Meteor (2306 Genesee St) at 5 pm.  With Nancy Ford emceeing, the Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along has become a Houston holiday tradition. In addition to the show and complimentary eats there’s also a raffle for a flat screen television.

Michelle Williams Adds Depth to Glinda The Good Witch in OZ: The Great and Powerful  “It’s definitely not ‘Wicked’ inspired. It’s a movie that would pre-figure the ‘Wizard of Oz.’ So I don’t have to do a Billie Burke imitation. I’m playing a younger Glinda, so I’m not bound by Billie Burke’s performance. I don’t get to say, ‘Toto, too!’ Thank goodness!”

Playtime Productions celebrates 25 years of fairy tales and fables Renaye Leach can make magic happen almost anywhere, from a library to a gymnasium stage to a health center lobby. Leach is the artistic director of Playtime Productions, a Monona-based theater troupe for kids in third through eighth grade that tours around Dane County twice a year. For the past 25 years, Playtime has performed wherever there is space for a portable set and 25 young actors to present kid-friendly, musical versions of fairy tales, fables and classic stories. The ensemble’s current production, a cyberspace adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” called “WWW.OZ,” runs in the Overture Center Playhouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Original Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers on Display at Plaza Athenee – December 5, 2011 The Wizard of Oz’s Ruby Slippers will be the stars of an exclusive Afternoon Tea at the Plaza Athenee in New York on December 5, 2011 from 4-6pm. This private viewing of the original screen used Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” will be a onetime special event at the Hotel Plaza Athenee before they go to auction on December 16th in California presented by Profiles in History. The pair on display was used when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas, stating “There’s no place like home.” The slippers are appraised in excess of $3 million. Additional information can be found on the website http://www.profilesinhistory.com

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