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Photos (and fan mail) from “The Other Side of Oz” in Montana

The cast of THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.

The cast of THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.


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My show THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ plays this weekend in Billings, Montana, produced by the Backyard Theatre, which, true to its name, really is in somebody’s back yard.

This is my seventh full-length script I’ve had produced. This isn’t a single story, but rather a collection of short Oz-related scenes using characters in the public domain. All that, and my list of previous full-length productions, is detailed in this previous post.

My version is probably what you’d expect of my work: We have Dorothy on the psychiatrist’s couch, we have the sheriff complaining about dogs, we have Munchkin insurance adjusters going over the damage to the house — mostly in five-minute scenes.

I have the show poster and some rehearsal photos below but first, allow me to share this — fan mail! Yes, two young members of the cast (one of them 9, not sure about the other, but about the same) took the time to send me thank-you notes:

Dear Dwayne
Thank you. The show is very fun! I get to be Munchkin One in The Wizard Arrives in Oz and The Witch of the East in Sensible Shoes, I am also the munchkin in Horse of a Different Color. I am sending you some photos my mom took, the last photo is my Young Witch of the East hair and make up. Thank you for writing such a fun and awesome play. I hope I get to work with you again.
Thanks


hello my name is ****** I just wanted to thank you for the script for the other side of oz I played the young witch of the west and a munchkin I really enjoyed it its an awesome script you did a great job writing it!

once again thank you

sincerely,

I’ve never gotten fan mail from cast members before!

Lots of photos below:

The show poster.

The show poster.

Glinda and Dorothy.

Glinda and Dorothy.

A Munchkin insurance adjuster.

A Munchkin insurance adjuster.

You know who this is! The tin man!

You know who this is! The tin man!

I do believe that's Toto in this scene!

I do believe that’s Toto in this scene!

The huckster professor and future wizard.

The huckster professor and future wizard.

William Shields, Seja Foster, Micah Hornsby and Ryland Nelson go over a map of Kansas with the professor (Trevor Bionich).

William Shields, Seja Foster, Micah Hornsby and Ryland Nelson go over a map of Kansas with the professor (Trevor Bionich).

Glinda.

Glinda.

Oh, now we have a bad witch, too! And Dorothy.

Oh, now we have a bad witch, too! And Dorothy.

Dorothy and crew go to the horse racing track.

Dorothy and crew go to the horse racing track.

The complete set of photos is here. And here’s what the Billings Gazette said.

Photos from the cast party here.

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“The Other Side of Oz” to be produced in Montana in August

The poster that Backyard Theatre is using for THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.

The poster that Backyard Theatre is using for THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.

A few years ago, Kevin Jones of the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio asked me to write some Oz-related scenes for a theatre camp he was having. Conveniently, the Oz books are in the public domain (the movie isn’t, so things in the books can be adapted; things in the movie cannot be. All that is explained quite well here by the New Media Rights people.)

I ended up writing about two dozen pieces with Oz themes, with titles such as THE MORALLY AMBIGUOUS WITCH OF THE NORTH, featuring a witch who got written out of the story completely, and DOG CASES, in which the sheriff complains about how emotional animal incidents can be, and DOROTHY ON THE COUCH, in which Dorothy seeks psychiatric help about her ordeal. Kevin used some in his camps, and reported they went well. Since then, a few scenes have been performed here and there, such as THE TIN WOMAN, seen in this video.

I took the whole bunch and packaged them together as THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ. It’s not a true full-length play, since there’s not a single narrative running through it, although the running time would add up to a full evening of entertainment.

This week, I got word that Backyard Theatre in Billings, Montana will perform all or most of the pieces August 1-3.

If you count this as a full-length script, this would be the seventh full-length I’ve had produced.

The others would be:
* ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, a Christmas comedy produced by Santiam High School in Oregon in December 2013.
* SWEETS TO THE SWEET, a female version of Hamlet produced by Gorilla Tango Theatre in Skokie, Illinois in September 2013.
* 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, a dark re-telling of the Moscow theatre siege, produced in Virginia in 2012.
* RED MOON RISING IN THE EAST, a one-man play about the father of the Soviet space program, produced in Virginia, Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2009 and 2010.
* VIRGINIA’S REAL, produced in suburban Atlanta in 2006.
* JOSE AND MARIA, AN OLD STORY FOR NEW TIMES, a Christmas play produced in Virgina in 2004.

This could have been my eighth full-length production; KLAUS was scheduled for production in Virginia in 2012 but the theatre closed before the season started. Instead, it had this staged reading instead.

You can find my entire list of full-length scripts here.

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Video: “The Tin Woman” at the Fincastle UMC talent show

A few years ago, Kevin Jones of the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio asked me to create a series of scenes for him based on “The Wizard of Oz.” He wanted some new material for his summer camp students to work with.

Conveniently, Oz is now out of copyright, so I was able to oblige — with about two dozen scenes collectively titled “The Other Side of Oz.”

Kevin used many of those in his summer camp. Some have since gone on to be performed elsewhere.

Here’s a video of Katerina Yancey performing “The Tin Woman” at the Fincastle United Methodist Church talent show on Feb. 8, 2012 in Fincastle, Va.

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