Oz in the News 3.26.13

ozWizard of Oz works its magic on Heritage Square  Held in the 1876 Perry Mansion, the multi-media exhibit showcases 100 works of art from a diverse group of artists – including Rick Baker, Drew Struzan and Dave Dorman – and features illustrations, paintings, sculptures and full-sized recreations. Artists were inspired by the imagination of L. Frank Baum and illustrator W.W. Denslow who published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900 as well as the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. In addition, the exhibit displays rare editions of the original Baum books, concepts and artwork from various Oz-themed film and TV projects. Guests can check out a historical prop from the MGM movie – a tip from a spear used by wicked witches’ guards near the climatic end of the flick.

Land of Oz comes alive at Wizard’s Ball at BRIDGES  The sound of the Wicked Witch from the film screeching the words, “I’m melting! What a world! What a world!” was heard as guests entered the building. Clips from the movie played as they followed the yellow “brick” road to the ballroom. Davey and M. J. Weakes donated “Wizard of Oz” paraphernalia, including a tornado, costumes and Dorothy’s house, that they’ve used as Halloween decorations. Travis Bradley as Scarecrow and Virginia Pilgrim as Dorothy were among the dancers who previewed Ballet Memphis’ upcoming production of “Wizard of Oz.”

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