Oz in the News 11.8.12

PCPA’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ uses inventive stagecraft to evoke wonder and imagination  The Munchkins and the crows are rod puppets, a hybrid of puppet and marionette, Booher said. The 18 Munchkins are about 4 feet tall, with anthropomorphic heads and faces, but bodies without arms or legs that are more like flowers. There are nine monkeys and 11 giant Winkies, 10 to 11 feet tall. The crows are horizontal puppets that flap and spread their wings. The puppets join a cast of 30 actors and a 22-member music and dance ensemble. Britney Simpson, a second year PCPA acting student, will play Dorothy. Erik Stein will play the Cowardly Lion, Andrew Philpot will be the Tin Woodman, and Quinn Mattfeld will be the Scarecrow. They are all resident Equity artists. Booher said the three will be quite different from the memorable movie versions of the characters, with each actor interpreting his role in his own way.

Wizard Of Oz Pinball Goes To NY Comic Con  Jersey Jack Pinball has taken its new The Wizard of Oz flipper games on the road to gauge player reaction to final preproduction design. Jersey Jack reports that hundreds of people played WoZ during Comic Con’s four-day run, and it drew much favorable media attention. Next stop for The Wizard of Oz roadshow was The 2012 Pinball Expo at Westin Hotel in Wheeling, IL, a week later. Final stop for production: IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL, in mid-November.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tours North America Fall 2013  The tour will open at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in December, though exact dates and a further schedule will be announced at a later time. Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reports that the tour plans to visit more cities in Canada before crossing into the United States later in 2013. Producers say they hope to hit major U.S. cities including Chicago and Los Angeles.

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