Oz in the News 8.16.13

5185767Paranormal images: Can you see celebrity faces in Truro man’s pics?  Hugh Fairman, psychic expert, sent over these photographs of faces that appeared in water vapour during a psychic reading, which he then captured on camera. He claims the ghosts of Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Leonardo Da Vinci and Eva Peron have all “popped up to say hello”. And the paranormal expert has a collection of over 1,000 images in his possession.

Circus Smirkus attracts all ages for ‘Oz Incorporated’  The season’s theme is “Oz Incorporated,” a twist on “The Wizard of Oz” that involves the story’s well-known characters but is set in the future, at the Wizard’s corporation. A grand curtain at the back of the ring serves as the building’s elevator, opening and closing to transport performers on and off the stage. In a humorous variation on the traditional plot, the Wicked Witch argues loudly on a cell phone, while Toto carries a camera to snap selfies with each new character he meets.

BWW Reviews: GROOVE ON DOWN THE ROAD: A JOURNEY TO OZ, Queen Elizabeth Hall, August 14 2013  Dancing to music from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and hip-hop superstars I’m far too old to recognise, Dorothy leads the gang – joined by a very tumbly Toto – as it eases on down the road all the way to the Emerald City and The Great Oz himself. En route, they fight off the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys and even survive the poppy fields’ temptations of sex and drugs and hip and hop, to find that the things they most wanted were, of course, within themselves.

ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road is wizard street dance entertainment  Making full use of a Yellow Brick Road that snakes around the QEH auditorium, the audience is thrown into the action as young Dorothy and her ramshackle gang (Tinman, Tonto, Scarecrow and Lion) drop out of school and embark on a defiantly upbeat journey of self-discovery, packed with vibrant characters and young street dancers surely headed for stellar careers. It’s a joyous ensemble piece, so it feels a touch unfair to single out special praise. But top marks to Portia Oti’s effervescent Dorothy, Corey Culverwell’s sensitive and spring-heeled Lion and Steven Pascua for a Wizard so packed with attitude he is, well, wizard. Terrifically entertaining stuff.

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