Oz in the News 5.28.14

imgID6486283Pickering Parish Church holds Wizard of Oz flower festival  Pickering Parish Church has been transformed into a film set for The Wizard of Oz-themed festival of flowers. Running until Sunday, June 1, the event is one of the biggest in the north of England. The vicar, Father Antony Pritchett, said the whole community had helped to create the festival. “Everyone has come together to transform the church with amazing displays telling L Frank Baum’s famous story,” he added. “The Youth Group have created the Emerald City with plants, lights and jewels, and the three schools have created displays, along with the Brownies, Guides and Cubs.” Father Antony said some of the country’s top flower arrangers and designers has also taken part, many of them Chelsea Medal winners.

Bellarine Theatre Co. Performing ‘Dorothy Meets Alice’  With music by Karl Jurman, the book and lyrics were penned by Joseph Robinette, best known as a Tony Award nominee for the libretto of “A Christmas Story, the Musical.” “A young boy,” said Bellarine founder and artistic director Jessica Lynn Evans, “forgot about a book report that was due.” So the boy, Judson, scrambles at the last moment. Instead of reading a book on the approved list, he decides to watch the movie version of “Wizard.” Alas, his father tells him it is bedtime so he tries to read “Alice” by flashlight under the covers instead. But he falls asleep and soon dreams of a weird combo of the two classics. “Pity poor Judson, the young hero of ‘Dorothy Meets Alice, or the Wizard of Wonderland,’” wrote Michael Summers of the Fort Wayne Reader. “As if dealing with one bizarre world isn’t headache enough, he has to deal with two.”

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