Oz in the News 2.21.15

comcast-emily-hed-2015The Wizard of Oz: GS&P N.Y.’s seamless mix of craft and emotion  The beautiful 60-second spot from Comcast tells the story of Emily, a 7-year-old girl who was born blind. Comcast asked Emily to describe what she sees in her mind’s eye when she watches The Wizard of Oz—and then the company built that version for her, using skilled set and puppet designers and makeup artists. The ad goes on to explain that people with visual disabilities can get more out of watching TV with Comcast’s “talking guide.” Developed by the Comcast Accessibility Lab, it includes voice guidance and one-touch access to closed captioning—and is part of Comcast’s commitment to helping people with disabilities enjoy entertainment. Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford delivers the voiceover at the end.

Local Musician Produces Music for Wizard of Oz Sequel  Chris Orazi, an award-winning composer, producer, and founder of C.A.S. Music Productions in Vineland composed 15 brand new songs that will be featured in Wizard of Oz’s sequel, Welcome Back to Oz: The Patchwork Girl at Delaware Children’s Theatre this March.   “Of all the projects I’ve worked on over the last 30 years, this one has inspired me in new and different ways,” says Orazi. “Unlike other children shows I’ve written for in the past, this one’s music rocks.” The musical is inspired by the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and is set in Oz’s Emerald City. Original characters Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow will be joined by two new heroines, Ojo, a lovable munchkin, and Scraps, her rag doll who comes to life. Dorothy leads her friends on a quest to help find Glinda the Good Witch so she can stop the Wicked Witch from practicing forbidden magic. Along the way, Dorothy meets classic L. Frank Baum characters including Wogglebug, the Nome King, and the Rainbow’s daughter. Welcome Back to Oz: The Patchwork Girl premieres on Saturday, March 7th at 2 pm and performances will continue throughout the month of March on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. On Friday, March 20th, there will be a special performance at 7:30 pm.

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