Oz in the News 5.14.14

baum_house_001Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where “Oz” Creator Met His Future Wife  The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank.  Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.  The house has been behind on taxes since 2006, and has sat vacant for 15 years.   DiScenna says  the house is in generally good shape considering its age.  She says it would cost around $150,000 to just fix it up, and more to renovate it.  But she says contractors and others have committed to donating supplies, equipment, and time to the project. 

Audience to direct Oz-themed traveling show  “One example can be found at the beginning of the show, when the play’s narrator asks the audience what kind of pet Toto should be; a regular furry little dog, like the one in the novel and the classic 1939 motion picture, or should he be an oversized cow or an undersized chicken?” said Jamerson. “The narrator allows the audience to take a vote and decide what form they’d like to see the character take. It’s a fun way to introduce children to the extemporaneous nature of live theater, and it’s a great way to keep the actor playing Toto on his ‘toe-toes.’”

Loads of “Oz”-related projects have followed “Wizard’s” road  You can’t swing a cat without hitting a flying monkey – on screens small and big and on stage. ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” just finished its third season, much of it devoted to the green-tinted exploits of the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader); “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” an animated, musical film sequel to “Wizard of Oz,” opened this past weekend; on May 28, the national tour of the Oz origin-story musical “Wicked” makes a triumphant return to Sacramento’s Community Center Theater after a sold-out run in 2012.


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