Oz in the News 9.30.13

-535d20c08ff7a0fdNot in Kansas anymore: Pennsville woman dedicates entire room to ‘Oz’  Amy Mumink first saw the “Wizard of Oz” when she was 4 and it has been a part of her life since.  In her room she has a countless number of dolls depicting all the characters from the movie, from Dorothy to the Tin Man. There is also a projector that will cast a rainbow image on the ceiling and a “Oz, The Great and Powerful” movie poster in her window, the 2013 fantasy adventure based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels.  “I think I got my first collectable when I was about 12,” said Mumink. The first collectable she got was a Glinda The Good Witch doll that, today, is sitting on her shelf. “She is a little worse for wear, but she is still up here.” There have been more things added to her collection since she was 12, including custom-made ruby slippers that she got for her 40th birthday and a letter from the son of a Munchkin with a personal check signed by his mother.

Farnsworth Presents The Wonderful World of Oz Exhibition on 75th Anniversary of Iconic Film  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 exhibition’s related programs will be:

  • Sunday, October 13, 1 p.m.: All Things Oz— a lecture by Willard Carroll in the Farnsworth auditorium
  • Sunday, October 20, at 2 p.m.: The Wizard of Oz, the original 1939 film shown in 35mm at The Strand Theatre
  • Saturday, November 16: Celebrate Toto’s Birthday!
  • Thursday, November 21, at 7 p.m.: A “Wicked” Evening with Author Gregory Maguire at the Camden Opera House – in collaboration with the Camden Public Library
  • Wednesday, December 18, at 2 p.m.: Lux Radio Theatre’s 1950 Christmas Special broadcast of The Wizard of Oz, with commentary by Willard Carroll and Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell, in the Farnsworth library.
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