Oz in the News 6.1.14

imgID6692752Special train to celebrates 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz  The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the original Wizard of Oz film in style with a themed train ride. The Oz-fest which has been running throughout half term and finishes on June 2, is running alongside a flower festival at Pickering parish church. Those travelling on the Wizard of Oz Story Train are invited to come in costume as any of the favourite characters from Oz, with characters to meet on the train, and fun activities at the stations along the line. Visitors can also follow a trail of scarecrows from the station to Pickering Parish Church, to see stunning floral displays following the Oz theme.

Oz comes to Clarksville in Customs House exhibit  The Olson collection includes memorabilia from the 1939 movie along the walls and original scripts within glass cases, as well as a collection of Madame Alexander dolls dressed as characters from the series. “These kinds of exhibits always vary,” Jordan said in discussing the museum’s steps to add their own touches to the touring exhibition. “I think this was one that I thought we could do on a bigger scale. Still cover the kids interactive aspect, but step it up a notch.” Alongside the exhibition itself, the museum has taken steps to weave its own programs around the featured artifacts.

Wizard of Oz Sequel EMERALD CITY Set for 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival, 7/2-13  Emerald City – a musical play, has an incredible cast of young talent. Dorothy will be portrayed by Christie Stewart, who was previously chosen as a Top 20 finalist for the role of Dorothy on Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s CBC television series Over the Rainbow. Follow Dorothy and her friends as they take a detour off the yellow brick road and find themselves in group therapy with Dr. Oz, Psychiatrist, dealing with life in the Emerald City one step at a time. Conceived and directed by Darren Stewart-Jones, Emerald City is based on characters created by L. Frank Baum and features music from the American Songbook of the early 20th century.

Judy Garland hometown competing with CNY’s Oz-Stravaganza for ‘Wizard of Oz’ record  For the 39th consecutive year, the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, in northern Minnesota, will hold a weeklong festival June 10-15. On June 13, the festival hopes to break the Guinness World Record for most fully costumed “Wizard of Oz” characters in one place. The current record is 446, set by children from a primary school in Brighton, England, in 2010. Oz-Stravaganza, held in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, N.Y., is also aiming to set a new record during next weekend’s festival. Participants are invited to to show up in costume at Chittenango High School on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. and then stand in place together at noon.


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