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We’re Off to Sing the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady, who fell from a star. The Crest, she says, is the name of the star and she brings you good news, or haven’t you heard? The Sing-Along Wizard of OZ is back at last!

That’s right, the Yellow Brick Road has been polished just in time for you to join Dorothy, her three stalwarts and Toto, the Munchkins and witches of every sort as we all break into song, from “Ding Dong” to “Over the Rainbow” in celebration of one of the greatest movies of all times.

The fun starts on Saturday, Aug 13 beginning with Karaoke in the Crest’s Lobby at 1 p.m., followed by an Oz Character Costume Contest and then the screening of the 1939 MGM classic film, The Wizard of Oz at 2 p.m., complete with subtitles.

Contestants of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favorite Oz characters. We had some pretty amazing costumes last year, and Glinda had a hard time picking her favorite, but whoever wins this year will get some pretty cool gifts and cash prizes.

The Wizard of Oz is a musical film directed by Victor Fleming and based on the children’s novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum. The Metro Goldwyn Meyer production used a combination of black-and-white, sepia and Technicolor film. Although it won few honors at the time, it has become the best-known film of 16-year-old ingénue Judy Garland and songs such as “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Ding-Dong the Witch Is Dead” and Garland’s signature classic, “Over the Rainbow” have remained popular. It has inspired numerous sequels and spinoffs, including the Broadway hit play Wicked, and has weathered the decades to become one of the most beloved films of all time.

The Crest is on the K St mall at 1013 K St. For more information, call the Crest Theatre at 916-44 CREST or visit OutwordMagazine.com or TheCrest.com


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