Oz in the News 5.17.13

gI_134685_2-Panel-Billboard-for-MGM-Film-1940-for-webFarnsworth Presents The Wonderful World of Oz Exhibition on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Film  To coincide with the 75th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s classic motion picture The Wizard of Oz, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open the exhibition, The Wonderful World of Oz, on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The show, drawn from the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oz materials, which is based in Maine, will run through spring 2014 in the museum’s Crosman Gallery. Included in the Farnsworth exhibition will be the most complete surviving costume (worn by the green Lollipop Guild Munchkin), one of Dorothy’s pinafores and blouses, examples of the many illustrated versions of Baum’s books (including the finest known copy of the first edition, first state “green imprint” of Baum’s initial book in the series), rare or one-of-a-kind posters from the various motion picture and stage productions, and a remarkable array of other Oz memorabilia from the Willard Carroll / Tom Wilhite Collection. Among the major pieces to be displayed is the Hourglass that the Wicked Witch of the West uses in the 1939 film to show Dorothy “how much longer you have to be alive.” Margaret Hamilton, who played the witch, lived during her later years on Cape Island, off Newagen, Maine.

Lost Girl a new take on the Wizard of Oz  The Massey University Drama Society will celebrate 50 years with a production of Lost Girl. Written and directed by Div Collins, winner of the Manawatu International One-Act Playwriting Award in 2008 and 2010, the play is loosely based on characters and events from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale is a lonely 30-something who receives a mysterious parcel containing a familiar blue dress and ruby slippers. She is given directions to follow through the city, and on the way reunites with friends she hasn’t seen since childhood. While adult-Dorothy travels, we also see her and her friends as they last played – a final thrilling journey in Oz. They move deep into the forest of broken clocks, a place where time goes funny and the yellow-brick road may not be the road to follow.

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