Oz in the News 7.29.14

AR-140729191.jpg&MaxW=650‘Wizard of Oz’ to be performed  The popular L. Frank Baum story “The Wizard of Oz” will get a fresh telling when brought to life by Steven’s Puppets in the next Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production. The show will play at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater. World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years, Stevens Puppets bring this classic tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score audiences will be humming all the way home. The performances are fully-staged productions with beautifully hand-painted scenery that help give life to the miniature actors, weaving a spell of childhood over audiences of all ages.

Pity the Poor Munchkin  Five years after his death, Mickey Carroll – the beloved town crier of Munchkinland in “The Wizard of Oz” – lies in an unmarked tomb. The pint-sized actor, whose real name was Michael Finocchiaro, also played a Munchkin soldier and a candy-striped fiddler in the classic 1939 film. A statement from the family attorney said: “The memorialization of Mickey’s final resting place will be completed as soon as possible.” Ironically, Mickey worked as a stone carver in his family’s business.

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