Originator of the National Oz Museum, Willard Carroll, to Speak at Freeport Players’ Matinee of WIZARD OF OZ Willard Carroll, the premier collector of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia and originator of the National Oz Museum, will speak before the matinee performance on Sunday, July 20, at 12:30 pm. Carroll will also answer questions about his collection and the museum, and will show a brief video. He began collecting Oz items as a child, and owns thousands of them, including the hourglass used by the Wicked Witch, an original costume worn by one of the Lollipop Guild Munchkins, and a dress worn by Judy Garland. He also has toys, posters, lunchboxes and more. Carroll will bring an original poster to show. The talk and performances are at Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook St., Freeport.
25 things you didn’t know about the Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming’s screen version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz turns 75 this summer, and chances are you’ve seen this 1939 cinema classic often enough to figure you know everything about it. David J. Hogan would beg to differ. Even in the era of Google and Wikipedia, there are still stories worth telling about Oz that can be unearthed through diligent digging. Which is what exactly Hogan, an Illinois writer and film scholar, demonstrates with his entertaining new book The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Life According to Oz. There are tales of Toto’s doggie breath, Judy Garland’s Oz uppers, the real feline that almost played the Cowardly Lion, the exiled child Munchkin (but no suicidal one) and Mary Pickford’s major Canadian contribution to Oz.