Monthly Archives: December 2021

Oz in the News 12.30.21

Wizard of Oz collector opens museum with private collection A collection that’s taken 30 plus years to assemble is now on display for the public just over the rainbow. In this week’s Florida on a Tankful, we head to Cape Canaveral to explore a museum and private collection dedicated to the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.” Each time Fred Trust unlocks one of the many illuminated cabinets inside his museum, he’s checking in on what you could call his prized possessions. An experience meant to take all who visit down memory lane and quite literally down the yellow brick road into the land of Oz. He has also created an immerseive experience within the museum where you can feel like you’re standing in classic scenes from the books and movies. Fred created not just a tangible memorabilia-filled museum, but one that will fully immerse you in magic of the Emerald City. 

Oz in the News 12.29.21

The Film That Lit My Fuse: Chloë Grace Moretz On The Power Of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

A new public art installation takes off at the Austin airport Interimaginary Departures,” an immersive and interactive piece, is located at Gate ∞ [infinity symbol], between Gates 12 and 14. Inspired by the novel “The City and The City,” about two places existing within the same space, the reimagined gate area by artist Janet Zweig also draws inspiration from science-fiction and fantasy. The piece features two screens displaying rotating flight information for hundreds of fictional destinations, from the “Wizard of Oz’s” Emerald City to Gallifrey, the world of “Doctor Who’s” Time Lords. Every few minutes, an overhead loudspeaker provides amusing boarding information about the otherworldly locations. Travelers can also visit a touch-screen kiosk, where a brief survey asks them multiple-choice questions such as: “Are more things smaller than you or larger than you?” before printing out a souvenir boarding pass for their next interimaginary destination.

Oz in the News 12.20.21

‘I was still The Wicked Witch of the West’ She might have terrified thousands of children cackling at poor Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” but she was really an ex-grade school teacher. Hamilton, who loved children, feared playing the baddie in the 1939 classic because she thought it would typecast her for life and ruin her career. “I was fingered right then and there as this crabby old prune-face and whatever roles I did later people kept saying, ‘Isn’t that the witch from Oz?’ It was a classic case of playing a part so identified in people’s minds that they couldn’t let it go. I tried to ignore it, but for golly sakes it got to be a real pain.”

Oz in the News 12.9.21

CLAUS THE MUSICAL Will Premiere At The Lowry, Salford In December 2022 Directed by Kate Golledge, adapted for the stage by Simon Warne and with spellbinding music and lyrics from Andy Collyer, Claus The Musical brings the beloved L.Frank Baum children’s classic The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus to life in a show that will appeal to the child in everyone. Full casting and creative team to be announced in due course. Katy Lipson said: ‘Claus is such a special and important piece to me. It’s a piece that reminds me of my fondest memories of seeing a musical for the first time. When I first heard this score by Andy Collyer it inspired me to form my company Aria Entertainment so that I could one day produce it. I am therefore thrilled to finally be bringing this beautiful story to the stage in my hometown of Salford in partnership with Eilene Davidson productions.’

Not in Kansas: St. Louis Has a Wild ‘Wizard of Oz’ Escape Room

Oz in the News 12.7.21

Local history: Munchkin from ‘Wizard of Oz’ found true love in Akron Wisconsin native Meinhardt Raabe, a 3-foot-6 actor who played the coroner of Munchkinland in the 1939 Hollywood musical, fell head over heels in love with former vaudeville star Marie Hartline, also a little person, during a business trip to Ohio. He was traveling with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, portraying Little Oscar, the “World’s Smallest Chef,” in 1941 when he met the cigarette girl at the Mayflower Hotel in Akron. “I was at a complete loss for words from the moment I saw that young girl in the hotel lobby,” Raabe recalled in his 2005 memoir “Memories of a Munchkin.” “I must aver that she was the most drop-dead gorgeous girl I had ever seen (luckily, I didn’t have far to drop), and I instantly fell in love with her.”