Oz in the News 5.2.14

20140429__4 sports~p1Figure Skating Club to present ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ “The Lion skates to Sara Bareilles’s ‘Brave’ and [a figure skating club from Salt Lake City] skates to ‘Timber,'” figure skating director Erika Roberts said. “My favorite song is when Nikko the flying monkey skates to ‘Brass Monkey’ by the Beastie Boys. We don’t have munchkins, they’re skating as Minions from Despicable Me and skating to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell.  “They’re actually painting a yellow brick road in the ice,” Roberts said. “They’re shaving off a layer before the show, painting it, and then icing over it.”  The Figure Skating Club of Park City will perform at the Park City Ice Arena on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3. Friday’s show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday’s matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Children age 5 and under get in for free.

MarLo Dance Studio presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ MarLo Dance Studio celebrates its 15th anniversary with the spring production “The Wizard of Oz” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9, 10 and 11 at the Sprague Community Theater, 1202 11th St. S.E. in Bandon City Park. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and there will be two matinee performances on Sunday, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dorothy will “pointe” her way to the wizard with her dear Toto and helping friends, Scarecrow, Tin Girl, and the cowardly Lion. The show promises to be a Mother’s Day weekend delight full of exciting adventures with picking crows, poisonous field of poppies and scary forests, according to MarLo Dance Studio director Maria Merriam.

The Dark Side of the Rainbow: 9 Good Guys Gone Very, Very Bad When I told people I had written a book in which Dorothy Gale of Kansas was the villain, almost everyone had the same response: “Uh, what?” In the popular imagination, Dorothy Gale is about as Good as it gets. In my book, Dorothy Must Die (HarperCollins, $17.99), she’s a vain, evil dictator who needs to be taken out before she destroys Oz. For me, the idea of “breaking” Dorothy stemmed from imagining what happened once she traveled back home to Kansas after her adventures in Oz. Having been over the rainbow, was she really going to be happy back on the farm? Wouldn’t she long for Oz, this magical place where she had become a hero? “Home” would have to pale beside her Technicolor memories. It seems to me that a girl could get pretty bitter once she figured out what she gave up.

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