Oz in the News 3.8.14

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Ruth Duccini in center

Remembering Rush City’s ‘Munchkin’ Growing up in the 1920s and ‘30s in Rush City, Ruth Robinson Duccini — at that time Ruth Robinson — didn’t know she would have a role in a film that would still be immensely popular around the time of her death, nearly eight decades later. Duccini, about 4 feet tall, was one of the 126 little people who played the roles of Munchkins in the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” “When the Muchkins got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — I think there were (seven) of them there — they were going to put each of their names on the star,” Robinson said.  “Ruth, she got upset and said, ‘There were 126 of us, not (seven).’ She said that wasn’t the way to do it. I think they just ended up putting “The Munchkins” on there. Ruth would have been a good union rep because she would fight for what was right.”

Ballet is off to see the ‘Wizard’  Travel with Dorothy, her beloved Toto and Yellow Brick Road friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they dance their way to the Emerald City of Oz in search of the wonderful Wizard when Canton Ballet presents its full-length version of “The Wizard of Oz.” The ballet will be performed under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley in Canton’s historic Palace Theatre.  In preparation for his new work, the choreographer listened to more than 300 CDs, looking for the music he would need for his full program of dance and ending up with multiple composers. He ultimately spent eight months in the making of Wizard, studying the original story and breaking it down into sequences to adapt it to ballet.

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