Oz in the News 9.18.12

Munchkins return to Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival   Autographs from Wizard of Oz film celebrities were available at various times over the event filled Oz Festival weekend. Here Munchkin wives Mary Ellen St. Aubin, Myrna Swensen and original Munchkin from the movie Margaret Pellegrini, sign autographs for festival goers Sunday afternoon before heading to the bandstand for festival closing ceremonies.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Detroit Zoo’s Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater  There’s no place like the Detroit Zoo this Halloween season as the Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater presents a limited engagement of “The Wizard of Oz”. During October, visitors can join Dorothy Gale and her friends as they make their way to the Emerald City to meet the great and powerful wizard. This condensed version of the beloved classic takes audiences somewhere over the rainbow and back again in just 15 minutes.  The Wild Adventure 3-D/4-D Theater engages all of the senses with special effects that make “The Wizard of Oz” even more spectacular. Viewers will be blown away by swirling wind and debris as a powerful twister transports Dorothy and Toto to the merry old land of Oz. They’ll feel the thud as her house drops on the Wicked Witch of the East and smell the fragrant flowers that greet her as she discovers she’s not in Kansas anymore – and that’s just the beginning of the 4-D surprises.

‘Pegger Inching Closer to Role in Canadian ‘Oz’ Play  Winnipeg actress Colleen Furlan was revealed as one of the top 10 finalists on CBC’s “Over the Rainbow” Sunday night. The 19-year-old University of Manitoba student was shortlisted earlier in the summer to audition for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as one of the Dorothy characters in Webber’s upcoming Canadian production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The public votes for their favourite Dorothy via the show’s app, online or by phone. The bottom two Dorothys then go head-to-head to see who will be sent home. The first round of elimination happens tonight at 8 p.m. CT.

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