San Diego area’s link to Emerald City is clear when ‘Oz’ fans convene Coronado’s unexpected link to the Emerald City will be showcased this summer when Winkie Con, part of a national fan club dedicated to Baum and the Wizard of Oz, holds its 50th annual convention in the San Diego area. “The place is rich in Oz history,” said David Maxine, executive director of the convention. There’s one piece of local lore, however, that doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny: the Del’s crown chandeliers, which have long been purported to be the author’s design. “It would be wonderful to think that they’re Baum’s,” said Maxine. “But the chandeliers were built and installed several years after he died. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t a grain of truth to it — that he might have suggested the concept. But there’s no actual evidence.”
Click your heels and head to Lititz for Fourth of July celebrations “We’re fusing together the idea of the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ hometown Lititz and July 4th patriotism,” says Tim Reedy, chair of the July 4th celebration committee. “The floats were required to display the ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme in some way,” Reedy says, of the event that starts on Broad Street near the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. The park will be transformed into Oz, with stations including the Tin Man’s Tent, Scarecrow’s Field and Munchkinland. “We’ll have Wizard of Oz characters throughout the park,” Reedy says. “The band shell will be decorated to look like Emerald City and will be lit up in green at night.” Activities before 5 p.m. also include hot air balloon rides, panning for gold, trivia contests with prizes, a pie eating contest, an appearance by the Barnstormers’ Cylo, and the baby parade. “It’s the 25th year for the baby parade,” Reedy says, noting that the route will include a red, white and blue brick road, in homage to the yellow brick road in the movie. “Several of our partners are incorporating the theme with their menus, like Flying Monkey cupcakes or Wicked Witch’s smoothies,” he says. “Food trucks are really big right now and we’ll have a lot of those.” The celebration concludes with fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. “The theme of the fireworks show is ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow,’” Reedy says, of the 35-minute show. “The music will include movie themes and then the middle part will be the Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, followed by a patriotic finish.”
Wizard of Oz Sequel EMERALD CITY Set for 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival 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. The show also features Matthew Fuller as Tin Man, Chris Vergara as Scarecrow, Dillan Chiblow as Lion and Rory Bray as Glinda.
Join Dorothy and her friends on their trip down the yellow brick road as they bring the Emerald City to life at Toronto Fringe 2014 from July 2 to 13. The show will be performed at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.