Oz in the News 8.7.12

‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ to land in Frankenmuth this weekend  The Troy Mullin Company’s original musical adaptation of the classic — which will feature a cast of over 50 puppets — began last weekend with performances at Reese High School in Reese.  Organizers say the musical features an original score composed by Tamara Kosters. Mullin will direct, choreograph, and design the set.

DM Playhouse Final Act Ensemble Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ Radio Play  The Final Act Ensemble, a Playhouse troupe that performs classic and original radio plays, will present “The Wizard of Oz” at the Iowa State Fair’s Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall, 12:00 PM, Monday, Aug.13.  Dorothy goes over the rainbow and finds adventure in the land of Oz, making friends with the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man. L. Frank Baum’s favorite tale is brought to life as a radio play with special sound effects, including a tornado scene that requires the entire cast, and inventive commercials presented live before your very eyes by the Des Moines Community Playhouse’s Final Act Ensemble. This version of “The Wizard of Oz” was originally presented as part of the Lux Radio program. Lux Radio Theater was a classic radio series that began broadcasting hour-long versions of Broadway plays and film adaptations in 1934.

Roger S. Baum plans appearance  Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of the original Oz book series creator L. Frank Baum, has continued the tales of Oz with books of his own including “Dorothy of Oz,” “The Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage” and more. Baum is scheduled to sign books at noon Aug. 18 at the 8915 W. Charleston Barnes & Noble in Las Vegas. For more on the author, visit tototooinc.com.

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