Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

Posted by: SusanC | Posted on: Sep 02 2014

We are presenting two programs to honor the movie The Wizard of Oz, the memorable tale of Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man.

Did you know that this cinematic masterpiece had only modest success when it originally came out on August 25, 1939? The cost to make this film was just shy of 3 million dollars but it only made just above that total for its’ premiere. Toto the dog actually made more money than the munchkins!

Wizard of Oz posterThe Creation of the Wizard of Oz

Thursday, September 11, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Charles Troy takes us down the yellow brick road with anecdotes, stories, and film clips from the movie. For instance, did you know that Buddy Ebsen was originally hired to play the Tin Man? Find out why he was not chosen along with other interesting trivia about the actors and actresses of this groundbreaking film. Mr. Troy, a self-employed graphic designer, presents his programs through skillful research, designing a narrative that tells the story in dramatic terms. For more information visit: www.charlestroy.com.

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Chasing Rainbows: Songs of Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy the melodious voice of acclaimed vocalist Maureen Christine as she performs familiar songs from this musical fantasy as well as songs that made Judy Garland famous. Ms. Christine, a national recording artist, has performed with various orchestras including the Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Count Basie Orchestra. For more information visit: www.maureenchristine.com.

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Preview Maureen Christine singing "Over the Rainbow":