Category Archives: Oz Events

Oz in the News 4.26.17

Wizard Of Oz GOOD WITCH / BAD WITCH Enamel pins Once again I’ve combined my love of pins and musicals to make another pin homage to THE WIZARD OF OZ, this time it’s about the Witches! The GOOD WITCH Pin will be; A whopping 45mm high (approx) / Hard Enamel / Gold plated metal finish / Blue Coloured Rubber Clutch on reverse / Will come affixed to an illustrated backing card. The BAD WITCH Pin will be; A whopping 45mm high (approx) / Hard Enamel / Gold plated metal finish / Pink Coloured Rubber Clutch on reverse / Will come affixed to an illustrated backing card. The BOXED PIN SET will be; Available in limited numbers / In Wizard of Oz themed GOOD WITCH/BAD WITCH boxes, designed to be more of a statement gift – or to spoil your self. 5 will contain both the GOOD WITCH and BAD WITCH pin. A further 5 will contain both the GOOD WITCH and BAD WITCH pin and the RUBY SLIPPER PIN from my earlier campaign.

Man spellbound by the Wizard of Oz Joe Shipbaugh, 29, has lost count of exactly how much he’s splurged on his collection, but knows he’s spent tens of thousands of pounds and has no plans to stop. It was love at first sight when Joe first watched the 1939 musical – which sees protagonist Dorothy, played by Garland, swept away from Kansas to the magical world of Oz – when he was two.

Wizard of Oz Convention to Meet in Portland, Oregon Wizard of Oz enthusiasts from across the USA and several foreign countries will gather in Portland, Oregon, from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2, 2017. The 53rd annual OzCon International will be held at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel on NE Airport Way. The 3-day event is an opportunity for Oz enthusiasts to share their love for the world created by L. Frank Baum in all its many forms. Guests include Doug Aberle, John Fricke, and Inanna McGraw.

Oz in the News 4.24.17

The Tin Man before and after

CNY ‘Wizard of Oz’ signs get makeovers: See before, after photos As the village of Chittenango’s 40th annual Oz-Stravaganza approaches, festival organizers realized their two iconic “Wizard of Oz” figures that welcome people were in bad shape. A Scarecrow sign greets visitors entering the eastern side while a Tin Man sign welcomes travelers on the west side of the village. Both figures have been there for more than two decades, and were weather-beaten, said Colleen Zimmer, one of the festival organizers. The paint had faded, and they were in sad shape, she said.

‘Dorothy can keep it’: Sell-out ‘Wizard of Oz’ Primark dress fails to impress Huddersfield Primark may have sold out of this £15 ‘Wizard of Oz’ style dress. But ‘Dorothy can keep it’ as far as you’re concerned. The old-style gingham dress, which is selling for up to £45 on Ebay, did not impress Examiner readers. It had drawn favourable comparisons to the dress worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz – or school summer dresses from a bygone era. But Examiner readers said it looked more like a tablecloth.

Rosie Brocklehurst commented: “Dorothy can keep it.”

Diane Hobson added: “Looks like a tablecloth.”

And Chrissie Oxley commented: “It’s horrible. They wouldn’t have to fight me for it – they can have it with pleasure.”

But some readers rather liked the now sold-out item. ‘Joanne Joanne’ comment: “OMG. This is the dress I have been looking for for ages.”

Oz in the News 4.2.17

Local Oz fans bring the Wizard of Oz to the bayou “Wizard of Oz” enthusiasts gathered at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library today for the second annual Oz on the Bayou.
The event gave local and out-of-town fans a chance to discuss the series started over 100 years ago by L. Frank Baum. It now spans over 40 books and dozens of movies. The event, hosted by local members of the International Wizard of Oz Club, David Diket and Karen Diket, featured discussions on “The Princess of Oz,” the 11th Oz book written by Baum in 1917, and performances from students of Central Lafourche High School. David Diket said he first became interested in Oz as a kid after watching the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” film starring Judy Garland and reading the first few books in the series. “I just dove right in, and never grew up,” said David Diket, who became a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 2011.
“The club opened my eyes to the whole community of Oz,” he said. “I didn’t realize quite how big it was and how involved I could be with that community.”
Susan Hall travels all over the country from Tulsa, Okla., to attend similar gatherings of the Oz community, which she refers to as her family.
“I’ve made friendships that have lasted over 30 years,” said Hall. “They’re just fun people to hang around with. We look on the bright side of life.” New York Times best-selling author and artist Eric Shanower was the featured guest and discussed his own work in the Oz universe. Shanower wrote Marvel Comic’s graphic novelization of the Oz series, which has won several Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. “I decided when I was very young that I wanted to write and draw my own Oz stories for publication,” said Shanower.

Oz in the News 3.31.17

Oz on the Bayou returns Saturday The second annual Oz on the Bayou that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library will feature presentations, games, a story time and a guest author. Hosted by the local chapter of the International Wizard of Oz Club, Oz on the Bayou is an event for Oz enthusiasts to gather and discuss the world created by L. Frank Baum. Children’s storytime and crafts begin at 10 a.m. in the children’s section of the library, 151 Library Drive, Houma. There will also be performances, presentations, games and a costume contest in the main meeting room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Author Eric Shanower will give a talk and be available for book signings. Shanower wrote Marvel Comic’s adaptation of the “Wizard of Oz” series, which has made the New York Times Best Sellers list multiple times. Shanower also won several Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for his work with the series.

Oz in the News 3.17.17

Morpurgo pens Wizard of Oz retelling for HarperCollins Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz tells the story of L Frank Baum’s original tale through the eyes of Toto, Dorothy’s trusted canine companion. Morpurgo said: “The Wizard of Oz is a truly wonderful and magical tale, but I always felt that there was one character who had little part to play in the story. Dorothy we know and love, but her dog Toto does little more than accompany her on her adventures. We never know what he thinks of all that is going on – he just gets carried around a lot. Why not tell the story again, but through Toto’s eyes! Our hope is that through Toto, many thousands of children, and grown-up children too, will come to enjoy L Frank Baum’s wonderful Wizard of Oz again.” Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz will publish on 7th September 2017 in full-colour hardback, with simultaneous publication in the UK and US, as well as in e-book and audiobook formats. Publication will coincide with the opening of Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories, a free exhibition at the V & A Museum of Childhood which celebrates Morpurgo’s life and writing. The exhibition moves from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, where it is currently on display, and will open on 22nd July 2017 until 25th February 2018.

Oz like you’ve never seen it before Long overshadowed by the immensely popular 1939 remake, the rarely seen silent version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1925) will be screened one time only on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton. The program, which will include an earlier short Oz film also based on stories and characters of author L. Frank Baum, will be accompanied by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based silent film musician. Accompanist Jeff Rapsis specializes in creating music that bridges the gap between an older film and the expectations of today’s audiences. Using a digital synthesizer that recreates the texture of a full orchestra, he improvises scores in real time as a movie unfolds, so that the music for no two screenings is the same. “It’s kind of a high wire act, but it helps create an emotional energy that’s part of the silent film experience,” Rapsis said. “It’s easier to be in tune with the emotional line of the movie and the audience’s reaction when I’m able to follow what’s on screen, rather than be buried in sheet music,” he said. The silent version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1925) and other Oz-related silent films will be shown on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, N.H. Admission is free; a donation of $5 per person is suggested to help defray expenses. For more info, visit or call (603) 654-3456. For more info on the music, visit


Oz in the News 3.7.17

Wizard of Oz Collection in Grand Island, Nebraska Diane miller grew up in St. Edward, Nebraska and like many of us, she was a little spooked by some of the characters in the Wizard of Oz. She remembers crawling up in her dad’s lap when she was frightened. But, even though the movie was a little scary for young Diane, there was just something about it that she grew to love. Diane has gathered about as many different varieties of this famous foursomes as one could possibly imagine. From Play-Doh dolls to potato heads, the Kewpie dolls to pewter figurines. This long-time elementary school teacher says she has always appreciated what the movie stands for. Two thousand items later, Diane has assembled an incredible collection of wizard of oz memorabilia. From lunch boxes to puzzles to snow globes to glowing Emerald cities.

Sale 609: The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz Nearly 500 lots of captivating children’s books, rare illustrated works, original art, finely bound books and handsome sets, fine press books, miniature books, and more. The auction is headlined by The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz, gathered by Mr. Dollar over several decades, and featuring the major Oz works by L. Frank Baum and his successors, plus non-Oz works by Oz authors and illustrators, original artwork, and more, with many rarities.

Oz in the News 2.2.17

elements-of-ozElements of Oz: Producing Live Video and Interactive Theater “One of the initial inspirations for the app was creating an analog for the escapist nature of “Oz” in the devices we carry with us to escape reality on a daily basis. We also were interested in what the contemporary equivalent of Technicolor would be — and that’s where we think AR fit. The app has two basic modes — one for outside the show, and one for during the performance. If the user isn’t at the show, it provides some information about the show and has some basic AR effects — a storm (to precede the cyclone) and a few simple target-based augmentations that can be used with images from the original book’s illustrations. Once the audience comes to the show, we switch the phones into what we called “active” mode, which allowed us to trigger events based on the action on stage. The phones were connected to a single cueing server on the network, which allowed us to synchronize the behavior for the entire audience. At various times, we’d play video (like our “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” YouTube chorus) and audio clips or send text and images. In several key scenes, we would trigger augmented reality scenes, layering over the view of the stage with CG elements, like a tornado, blossoming poppies, flying monkeys, etc. It allowed us to create visual elements all around the viewer, too, not just between the viewer and the performers.”

The wizard of Emerald City “I was filming Magnificent 7 and I heard that Tarsem was doing Emerald City and was going to direct all ten episodes. So I asked right away: “Is The Wizard cast?”  They said “no” and so I immediately called my agent. ‘Get Tarsem on the phone. I want to play to The Wizard. If he’ll let me, I want to play it.’”

Musical wizard Todrick Hall heads to Oz Broadway star and newly minted RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall is heading to Australia with his Straight Outta Oz tour this June. Don’t miss this incredible talent at The Astor Theatre on Thursday 1st June. Tickets on sale from Tuesday 7th February at

Lions And Tigers And Bears? Meh. These 5 Scenes From ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Are Still Creepy The Wizard of Oz has been a personal film favorite since I first saw it at the age of four. It is absolutely timeless, one hell of a production, and it still blows my mind to think that this movie came out in 1939. It’s the weird and #scary scenes that always intrigued me the most, along with the fantastic set pieces, storytelling, singing and dancing. But there are five #WizardofOz scenes in particular that are most memorable because of the oddness and fear they induced.