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BRIEF: See 'Wizard of Oz' come to life

July 17, 2014

By Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

July 17--Beloved "Wizard of Oz" characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West and The Wizard will come to life Friday in a special event at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown.

The event is like a live exhibit, with visitors taking guided tours through seven scenes from L. Frank Baum's classic story. There's even a dog portraying Toto.

Keys scenes include Dorothy's meeting her three companions, her efforts to defeat the Wicked Witch, confronting The Wizard and finding her way back to Kansas.

"It's fun for the entire family," says Joseph Garrera, executive director of the museum, who will portray The Wizard.

The one-hour tours run every 15 minutes, 5:30-9 p.m.

The museum also will show the earliest surviving film version L. Frank Baum's book, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Created by the Selig Polyscope Co. in 1910, the 13-minute silent film draws heavily on the book and the 1902 stage musical adaptation.

Admission is $8, adults; $3, children. Info: 610-435-1074,

--Kathy Lauer-Williams


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