Oz in the News 4.5.13

894938-logoAmerican McGee on The Wizard of Oz “We’ve looked into doing [Oz] with the technology we have today, and we had two ideas for adaptations that span two distinct genre types,” he explained. “One was a card collecting game. And then another idea was to do a more open experience, maybe an RPG because of the multiple characters. “That is the sort of the beauty of the Oz world, even to a degree more so than the Wonderland books,” he said, noting the array of genre possibilities available in a property with so many characters and environments. “So there is a huge number of characters, locations and challenges that are presented in those fictions, and I think there is an opportunity for someone to take those and build a really cool expansive world.”

KidsFEST 2013 set for May 5: Theme is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ This year’s theme is “The Wizard of Oz’’ and the event is being held in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospital and Trinity EMS. KidsFEST, the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire’s leading family friendly event, is geared toward children. This year the upper deck of the Merrimack Street parking garage will be transformed into the Emerald City, complete with a field of poppies, a hot air balloon, a yellow brick road and many more hidden surprises, according to Jennifer Connolly of the KidsFEST Committee. A Wizard of Oz Munchkin Parade will start the day’s events and replaces the KidsFEST Doll Parade. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz character, while bringing a doll or teddy bear.

Way, Way Over the Rainbow  No, Yip Harburg can’t sing. All he can do is make you feel like you’re hearing one of the best-known and best-loved songs for the first time, and fall in love with it. And interestingly, by the end, he’s allowed himself to get so carried away by the song, in a way that is so touching and impressive, considering that he wrote it about 35 years already and had probably heard several thousand times.



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