Oz in the News 4.18.12

Baum Reflections on Oz-Stravagana and His Great Grandfather  All of my experiences lead me to believe my great grandfather’s success came about because he never lost sight of the audience he wrote for.  He wrote just to please children of all ages.  He wrote his stories while looking at the world through the eyes of a child, just one step beyond reality.  Oz has become a home away from home, a safe haven where dreams are real and reality can be put aside, at least for awhile!  Oz is imagination unleashed, allowing all who enter, to soar “somewhere over the rainbow.”

Road to Avonlea’s Cedric Smith in The Wizard of Oz   We’re not in Prince Edward Island anymore. In the new Mirvish/Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz, it looks like the Wizard will be going down the yellow brick road instead of his more customary Road to Avonlea. The Star has learned that the title role in this version (originally played by Michael Crawford in London) will in all probability be played by Cedric Smith, veteran stage actor, original member of the folk group Perth County Conspiracy and creator of the role of Alec King in the iconic CBC-TV Series Road to Avonlea.

Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz Brings 2,300 Runners to Olathe  With Garmin as its title sponsor and a colorful Wizard of Oz theme, the tenth annual Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz April 21 is attracting the attention of runners from across the country. Planners expect 2,300 or more participants in four running events: the Oz Marathon, the Wickedly Fast Half Marathon, the Dorothy Dash 5K, and the Munchkin Marathon.

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