‘Oz’ marathon at Farnsworth

Mar 18, 2014
Everyman Repertory Theatre’s reading of L. Frank Baum’s unabridged “The Wizard of Oz” will feature, from left Jennifer Hodgson, Paul Hodgson and David Troup, as well as John Burstein.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Everyman Repertory Theatre’s marathon reading of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” Saturday, March 29, in the downtown museum’s library. The reading will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to run to approximately 3 p.m. All are encouraged to stop in and listen for as long as they would like.

To mark the final weekend of the exhibition “The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection,” the Farnsworth invites everyone to the museum’s library for this special event. During this non-stop reading, company members will bring the book to life through dramatizations and narration.

Despite the fact that Baum's novel, first published in 1900, is one of the most popular stories in America, relatively few people have actually read the book. Listeners expecting rainbows, Munchkin songs and wicked witches with burning brooms will get some of these, but also will find a complex country populated with mocking Hammerhead men, dainty people made out of china and fierce monsters with heads of tigers and bodies of bears. Dorothy and her companions — Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion — each seeking his or her heart's desire, still wander through Oz.

Everyman Repertory Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Camden committed to bringing live theater to the people of the Midcoast. Fresh off its acclaimed production of John Logan’s “Red,” the 2014 season also will include a late June production of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” and Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in September. In November, Everyman will present “As It Is in Heaven” by Arlene Hutton, in conjunction with the Farnsworth Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition “The Shakers: From Mt. Lebanon to the World.” More information on the upcoming productions is available at everymanrep.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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