Veteran Columbia scenic designer checks out The Wizard of Oz at State Museum Being among the first to see the South Carolina State Museum (SCSM)’s transformation into the Land of Oz and to view the lively 14-minute 4-D movie, abbreviated from MGM’s 1939 classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, gave veteran Columbia artist and scenic designer Christian Thee double déjà vu. Theatre introduced Thee to Margaret Hamilton, and he became friends with the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West. Thee was the scenic designer on a production of Here Today at Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Fla., in which Hamilton had a leading role. “We became friends. My design room was close to the dressing room she shared with Vivian Vance. She even asked to meet my mother who was down for one of the performances. For the rest of her career, Mrs. Hamilton reminded anyone who brought the witch subject up that she had done a lot of other work before—and after that role,” Thee said.
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