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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 1:30 until 3:00pm and a post-show reception

The real story behind the creation of a masterpiece

An icon of American culture, The Wizard of Oz is considered the most-viewed film in history—so well known that even its backstory is familiar. Yet it still has secrets to reveal: studio intrigue at MGM; casting snafus; remarkably bad decisions reversed in the nick of time; and one audacious, pivotal choice by a man who received no screen credit, but who proved critical to the film’s enduring success.

Learn the bewitching details of how they made The Wizard of Oz during a 90-minute multimedia performance produced and presented by Charles Troy, with performances by cabaret favorites Judy and Bernie Rice.

With more than 50 multimedia presentations to his credit, theater historian Charles Troy reveals the stories behind Broadway’s greatest 20th century musicals. He weaves engaging commentary, original graphics, film and television clips, and soundtracks into seamless dramatic tales. His popular presentations are featured monthly at Skokie Theatre.

Judy and Bernie Rice have appeared on stage in hundreds of performances, including roles as Golde and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Rosemary and Howard in Picnic. They appear regularly in Chicago-area cabaret shows and are members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals (where Bernie is the current President) as well as Actors’ Equity.

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