The Royal Grandmother (and Granddaughter) of Oz
What would Oz be like if Dorothy went back as a Grandmother, taking her 12-yr old Granddaughter, Addy, with her? They would find the Emerald City deserted and Oz a mess. When the Wizard left in his balloon, nobody knew how to do what he'd been doing, so people lost their jobs and homes. But Dorothy's return has been predicted by Scarecrow, and the Ozites welcome her back as the New Wizardess ! More
ONCE UPON A TIME...many years ago, a little girl named Dorothy Gale discovered a magical country named Oz. Without meaning to, merely by being herself, she managed to kill two wicked witches and thus free Oz from their tyranny. She also, again without meaning to, exposed the phony Wizard who had been running Oz for decades. All she was trying to do was to get back to her home in Kansas—back to a life and a country she knew and understood—but on her way home, she managed to help three very unusual friends find the things they most wanted in life. She helped the scarecrow get brains, helped the tin man get a heart, and encouraged the cowardly lion to become brave and terrifying. Then she went home.
Like almost everyone else in the civilized world, I watched Judy Garland go over the rainbow, then devoured the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. I grew up and became an actor, then a director, and then a writer/director of radio plays for children. In 1959, with a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Utah, I got a job at the Sacramento Civic Theatre—as janitor. My non-salaried position was Children’s Theatre Director.
In that capacity, I wrote and directed Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, Jack & the Beanstalk, Snow White, The Dancing Princesses, The Yellow Knight of Oz, and The Enchanted Nutcracker. I also directed the “approved” dramatic version of Baum's original The Wizard of Oz, (NOT the MGM version) and played the Wizard. The production won raving accolades in the local papers and was extended for an additional 4-weekend run, making local Children’s Theatre history. More than 2800 kids watched Dorothy solve everybody’s problems—then go home.
Recently I received an email from the woman who played Dorothy in that production, Carol Elias, sending me a poster of the new Andrew Lloyd Weber stage-adaptation of the MGM musical. One of her comments was:
“I sometimes wonder what Oz would be like if Dorothy went back as a Grandma?”
The Royal Grandmother (& Granddaughter) of Oz is the answer to her question. Richard Fullmer
Jon William Lopez is an artist, photographer, 2D traditional cartoon animator and illustrator. He has worked at Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks SKG and on "The Simpsons" animated TV show.
“This is a fresh and thoroughly delightful addition to the Oz stories with a contemporary spin that brings the series into the 21st Century, while maintaining the timelessness, tone and feel of traditional Oz. Addy, Dorothy's granddaughter, is a wonderful new character who fits perfectly into the story and takes her rightful place among the rest of the traditional characters. Written by Richard Fullmer with simplicity, charm and humor, the story is fun and easy to read and is sure to engage children and adults alike.” Jon William Lopez
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