My Experience

    

When I was little, I remember having "The Wizard of Oz" tape. I also had a "Wizard of Oz" book that one of my dad's friends gave me. I also remember having "The Wizard of Oz" DVD when I was in 3rd Grade at Mamaroneck Avenue School and I watched it with Dad.

I remember when Mamaroneck Avenue did "The Wizard of Oz" in November 2005. I saw that with my Mom. Dad, Mary Anne and I also saw it at Yorktown Stage.

And now, Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY is doing "The Wizard of Oz"! I'm looking forward to seeing it!

There are some parts in "The Wizard of Oz" that used to be scary to me that I don't find scary anymore and some parts that I still find scary. A part in "The Wizard of Oz" that I used to find scary when I was little that I don't find scary anymore is the Wicked Witch (except the scenes when she was in the Witch's Castle with Dorothy, which I find creepy). A part in "The Wizard of Oz" that I still find scary is the haunted forest and when Dorothy was with the Witch in the Witch's Castle. Oh yeah, and the flying monkeys still freak me out.

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The History

    

In 1939, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released the classic family film "The Wizard of Oz". It is the most popular adaptation of the original 1900 book written by L. Frank Baum. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Frank Morgan as the Wizard.

"Wicked", a musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" featuring Glinda and the Wicked Witch, opened on Broadway in 2003. The original cast starred Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, Idina Menzel as the Wicked Witch (who in the musical is called "Elphaba"), and Joel Grey as the Wizard. The songs for the musical were written by Stephen Schwartz.

"Oz the Great and Powerful", a theatrical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" featuring the Wizard, opened in theaters in March 2013. It starred James Franco as the Wizard (who in the movie is called Oscar Diggs) and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as the Witches of Oz (who in the movie are called Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda). Additional characters included China Girl, an African-American munchkin named Nook (which the Wizard called "a sourpuss"), and a flying monkey named Finley.

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Regional Productions

    

In both 2004 and 2009, Yorktown Stage did a production of "The Wizard of Oz". I saw the 2004 production. In 1998, Hommocks did the Municipal Theater of St. Louis version from 1945. In 2013, Hommocks did the Royal Shakespeare Company version from 1987 that was first performed in the United States at Madison Square Garden.

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Theatrical Productions

    

In 2003, a musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz", called "Wicked", opened on Broadway. It was about how the Witches of Oz first met. The original Broadway cast included Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda the Good Witch, Idina Menzel as the Wicked Witch of the West (who in the musical is known as Elphaba) and Joel Grey as the Wizard.

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Movies Based on The Wizard of Oz

    

"Oz the Great and Powerful", a theatrical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz", was released in March 2013 and starred James Franco as Oz, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. The movie focuses on Oz's Wizard. Additional characters include China Girl, Finley (a flying monkey in a bellhop's uniform) and Nook (an African-American munchkin Oz refers to as a "sourpuss").

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return", an upcoming animated sequel to "The Wizard of Oz" set in post-tornado Kansas, is going to be released in May 2014. Voice cast includes Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Akroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, Jim Belushi as the Cowardly Lion, Oliver Platt as Wiser the Owl, Megan Hilty as the China Princess, Hugh Dancy as Marshall Malow (a soldier who has the head of a marshmallow), and Martin Short as the evil Jester.

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