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Weekend One: September 7, 2019
Weekend Two: September 14, 2019
Tickets: $25.00 + taxes & fees (Children 2 & Under Free)

This year, Saturday Nights, we are hosting an evening event that you don't want to miss. Hear from original cast members from the 1970s Land of Oz Theme Park during a Q&A Panel (Both weekends). World-renowned authors Jay Scarfone & William Stillman will present material from their newest book, "The Road to Oz: The Evolution, Creation, and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece" (September 7th) and author Randy Schmidt, Judy Garland on Judy Garland, will present material on our favorite actress (September 14th), and cast members from Broadway's smash hit musical WICKED

 

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 8:00PM (Doors Open at 7:30PM)

O.G.O.Z. - An Evening with Original Land of Oz Cast Members

We are excited to bring a panel of original Oz cast members to reminisce and tell stories of what it was like working at the Land of Oz while it was in operation. Be sure to bring your family photos! It just may be possible that the Dorothy you traveled the Yellow Brick Road with all those years ago or see the Scarecrow, TinMan, or Lion that performed for you during the Magic Moment Show will be with us that night. 

The Road to Oz: Celebrating 80 Years Over the Rainbow 

Journey down the Yellow Brick Road with Jay Scarfone and William Stillman, award-winning authors, Oz historians, and collectors, as they present a fascinating look back at everyone’s favorite film, The Wizard of Oz. Learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of Oz’s cast of characters, its special effects and on-set accidents, and how this Oscar-winning film became the most watched motion picture of all time, seen by over one billion people worldwide. This presentation is accompanied by rare images including the actors who were supposed to appear in Oz and didn’t, as well as the various experimental looks for Judy Garland as Dorothy.

Authors’ title: Award-winning authors of "The Road to Oz: The Evolution," "Creation and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece."

A Special Performance by Rachel Potter

(The X Factor: Season Three, National Tour of Wicked, Evita & The Addams Family on Broadway,  MTV's Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods, and Walt Disney World's Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, & Finding Nemo)

Rachel Potter, hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, began her professional career at Walt Disney World, singing as Ariel, Belle and Nemo. Her first break into the world of musical theater came when she appeared on MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods, where she placed in the top 15. 

 

She had the honor of joining the National Tour of the smash hit, Wicked, where she played the ever "popular," Glinda. She later made her Broadway debut as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, playing opposite both Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields as Morticia. Next, she originated the roll of the Mistress in the Tony Nominated revival of Evita, starring Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris. She is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording singing her standout song, "Another Suitcase in Another Hall." 

 

With a piece of heart having always been in country music, she left behind the "Great White Way" to find her place among the neon lights of Music City. Potter went on to become a Top 12 finalist on season 3 of FOX’s The X Factor, earning international praise for her country rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love." Her take on the classic tune, which has now reached over 40 million views on YouTube, is featured on her solo album, "Not So Black and White.” 

 

Rachel enjoyed a fruitful solo career, having released 2 solo albums, she was played on CMT, had multiple viral cover videos, and was written up in Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Huffington Post, to name a few. She has many well known collaborations with the accapella groups VoicePlay and Voctave. For the past 5 years, she has been performing with orchestras all over the country as a soloist with Country Legends, a Symphony Pops concert showcasing the last century’s most iconic country music. 

 

Rachel now splits her time in recording in Nashville and performing in New York. She is currently playing her most important roll yet — “Mommy" to Jude. Follow her @therachelpotter.

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© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park
© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park
© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 8:00PM (Doors Open at 7:30PM)

O.G.O.Z. - An Evening with Original Land of Oz Cast Members

We are excited to bring a panel of original Oz cast members to reminisce and tell stories of what it was like working at the Land of Oz while it was in operation. Be sure to bring your family photos! It just may be possible that the Dorothy you traveled the Yellow Brick Road with all those years ago or see the Scarecrow, TinMan, or Lion that performed for you during the Magic Moment Show will be with us that night. 

Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews & Encounters 

Acclaimed author Randy Schmidt compiles selections from his book, "Judy Garland on Judy Garland," which chronicles first hand interviews and recordings from the actress's career, and is the closest one will likely come to experiencing and exploring the legend’s abandoned autobiography. This special Oz edition of his Judy on Judy presentation will consist of quotes and stories from his book that will focus on Garland's recollections, memories, and stories pertaining to her personal experiences while filming her iconic and legendary role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", and the classic song "Over the Rainbow" and the effect it had on her years after the film premiered. 

A Special Performance by Kristy Cates

(Broadway credits include Elphaba in Wicked (Understudy to Idina Menzel) was also Elphaba in First National Tour and Chicago production, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland )

Kristy Cates was a member of the original Broadway cast of Wicked (understudy to Idina Menzel).  Kristy went on to open the National Tour as Elphaba and played the role for a year in the highly acclaimed Chicago sit-down production. Her “Emerald City” shoes from the original Broadway production, are currently displayed in the Wizard of Oz Museum in Kansas. Other Broadway roles include: Grandma Josephine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Miss Bassett in Finding Neverland.  Off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Jerry Springer, the Opera at Carnegie Hall, The Bardy Bunch (Shirley Partridge) and Click Clack Moo with Theatreworks (Madison)! Favorite select regional roles include Irene Malloy in Hello, Dolly, Mother in Ragtime, Betty Blake in Will Rogers Follies, Fraulien Kost in Cabaret and Gloria in Boeing Boeing. Kristy is a professional voiceover artist, concert soloist and is currently the Creative Director of the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at NYFA.  She lives in NYC with her husband and her daugter, Gracie.

© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park
© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park
© 2019 Land of Oz Theme Park

Parking is available in front of the student center and across the street. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the show. 

Evans Auditorium at Cannon Student Center

Lees-McRae College, NC-194, Banner Elk, NC 28604

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