Oz in the News 7.10.12

VFW to be host to guest from Oz The 4-foot-tall Ms. Pellegrini is to pose for photos and be present for showings of the famous 1939 movie in the hall. She’s 88 and was 15 when the movie was made. She is to attend the entire festival, which is to run from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11.  During her stay here, Ms. Pellegrini is to visit with her good friend Northwood resident Debbi Dwyer, whose husband, Dana, is the VFW post’s canteen manager and arranged the appearance at the festival.  Mrs. Dwyer said she has been an unshakable fan of The Wizard of Oz since she first saw the film in 1956 at the age of 3. Indeed, parts of her home serve as a sort of shrine to the movie, displaying artifacts such as a munchkin dress once worn by Ms. Pellegrini. Ms. Pellegrini said she grew up in Alabama in a home with an outhouse; hence the title of her unpublished memoir, From the Outhouse to Oz.

MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ Sing Along, 8/3-5 Magic ruby slippers, singing munchkins, a dancing scarecrow and an Emerald City all come to life again on the big screen when Theater To Go presents a special family sing-along of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  This interactive presentation will take place on Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Theater To Go’s master of ceremonies will lead the audience through several participation activities before the film starts,including games, a costume contest and trivia – complete with prizes! Ticket prices include an Audience Participation Kit with items to be used throughout the movie, such as kazoos, bubbles and noise makers.  In addition, everyone can sing along to their favorite songs, including “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and many others, as the words are projected on the film screen.

Houston Symphony Orchestra performs the “Wizard of Oz”  Experience the music from one of the most well-known films in a whole new way as the Houston Symphony Orchestra performs the “Wizard of Oz” soundtrack live while the film plays on the big screen. The movie score features Judy Garland’s original studio recording backed by the orchestra conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

At home with: Hannah Read-Baldrey, author and stylist  An author and stylist, Hannah, along with friend and co-author Christine Leech, last year published her first book, Everything Alice, with craft ideas inspired by Wonderland. The pair have just published Everything Oz, with 50 Emerald City-inspired projects such as a rainbow cake, ruby slippers and a Toto cushion.  “Oz seemed like a natural progression for the second book,” she says, “because it is bright and colourful and there are so many ideas from it. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author Frank L Baum wanted to write his own version of Alice in Wonderland. Most people know the film, but the book is quite different. In the book, Dorothy’s shoes are not red – they are silver. When making the film they were doing it in Technicolor and wanted to use a strong colour.”


One response to “Oz in the News 7.10.12

  1. Will miss pelligrini ever publish her memoir. I would love to read it!

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