Camden will be the setting for a visit to Oz when the Camden Public Library and the Camden Cinema Committee present a “Wizard of Oz” sing-along screening Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. As a prelude, Dorothy and Toto “traveled” around Knox and Waldo counties last week, visiting with both residents and visitors.

Sing-Along with The Wizard of Oz – Lyric sheets now available for printing and for your phone!

 

Everyone is invited to get into the spirit and celebrate by attending in costume. A reading from the book and craft activities for children will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library, and volunteers from The Rig will be on hand to help folks find their way to the opera house afterwards. The all-ages event is free.

From Wikipedia:

The film “The Wizard of Oz” (1939, 103 minutes) was based on the 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum, who died 20 years before the film was released.

It features Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.

Notable for its use of special effects, Technicolor, storytelling, and unusual characters, “The Wizard of Oz” has become, over the years, one of the best-known of all films and a true classic. It received largely positive reviews, won three Academy Awards, and was nominated for Best Picture of the Year, but the film was initially a box office failure.

The film was MGM’s most expensive production up to that time, explaining why the studio was unable to recoup its initial investment when it was first released, but it made up for that in subsequent re-releases. “Over the Rainbow” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Telecasts of the film began in 1956, and because of them the film has found a larger audience — its television screenings were once an annual tradition and have re-introduced the film to the public, making “The Wizard of Oz” one of the most famous films ever made. It is often ranked among the top 10 best movies of all-time in various critics’ and popular polls, and it has provided many memorable quotes of both modern American and world popular culture.