As the dates of the International Wizard of Oz Club’s National Convention get closer, exciting additions to the convention programming continue to pop up. Held in conjunction with Chittenango’s annual Oz-Stravaganza! honoring native son L. Frank Baum, this year’s National Convention, held June 5-8, will feature:
- A celebration of the International Wizard of Oz Club, with a special video (unseen for more than forty years) and one-of-a-kind memories of the Club’s early days and early members, honoring the 50th anniversary of the IWOC’s incorporation and expansion.
- An onstage interview with Aaron Harburg—great-grandson of MGM Oz lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg—in his first-ever appearance at any Oz event.
- A look back at last September’s 75th anniversary 3D/IMAX re-premiere of MGM’s classic The Wizard of Oz, “brought home” on that occasion to Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre, where the film first was launched in 1939. Exclusive ruby-red carpet footage and interviews with celebrity attendees.
- Robert Baum in a happy recollection of his great-grandfather’s Tik-Tok of Oz on the centennial of its publication, exploring its roots in an earlier Oz book and in a lavish musical comedy.
- Television critic and nationally syndicated radio reviewer Ryan Jay (of RyanJayReviews.com), who will share brand-new video from his experiences at the world premiere of the animated, all-star-cast Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger Baum. Roger and his wife Charlene will appear as special guests of Oz-Stravaganza!
- Reflections on MGM’s The Wizard of Oz and its cast and legend, featuring Munchkin-by-marriage Myrna Swensen; Paul Miles Schneider, pen pal to “Wicked Witch” Margaret Hamilton; Christiana Rickard, niece of “Scarecrow” Ray Bolger; and historians Jonathan Shirshekan and John Fricke. Includes a visual recap of the film’s New York City debut, which brought Broadway to a stand-still in 1939.
- Rare video, including footage of Judy Garland and Ray Bolger as they reminisce about the roles that made them famous.
- “Among My Souvenirs”: classic original Hollywood costumes on display from the collection of Jonathan Shirshekan, including clothes designed for and worn by Judy Garland and her costars in A Star is Born, Easter Parade, The Pirate, Summer Stock, Presenting Lily Mars, In the Good Old Summertime, Ziegfeld Girl, and other films.
- Artist Richard Masloski, who will preview his scale model of the future bronze sculpture of W. W. Denslow’s Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Toto, a Munchkin, and the Royal Historian of Oz—which, in full size, eventually will be celebrated as Chittenango’s “L. Frank Baum Munchkin Memorial.”
- The grand opening of Chittenango’s new “All Things Oz!” L. Frank Baum museum and gift shop!
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