Oz in the News 10.9.13

52541b6d721db.imageRiders to dress up as ‘Wizard of Oz’ characters  Twelve athletes from the Cherokee County Special Olympics Equestrian team, hosted by Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services (BEATS), will trot into the Special Olympics at Chicopee Woods in Gainesville, Oct. 11 through Oct. 13, to compete for the gold. This year the theme for the Unified Partners event is “The Wizard of Oz.” Nugent said there are four routines that the children can participate in, each to different songs from the classic movie.  “We like to have little ‘wow’ effects that the kids get really excited about,” she said, adding that there are costumes and props involved in the Unified Partners event.

Classic tale re-imagined in adults-only take on Wizard of Oz  A FRESH, edgy “adults only” take on the turn-of-20th century American classic Wizard of Oz is set to wow audiences in Lismore, Australia this weekend. Visually stunning, outrageous and bold in equal measure, this brave new Oz boasts pop music, dance, striking performances, and larger than life costumes. Northern Rivers folk will be the first to experience the ground-breaking show following its world premiere at the Brisbane Festival, where it created a frenzy of interest and ended its run an acclaimed highlight. “It is a great re-imagining of a classic story that we all know,” NORPA artistic director Julian Louis said. “It’s at once very raw and very free and wild, but it’s also at the same time very epic – the pictures are really big, the design is bold and beautiful.”

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