Countdown to Camp: “Wizard of Oz” Trivia

The first session of Camp Imagination begins one month from today! The musical selected this year is “The Wizard of Oz,” specially adapted from the beloved film, and featuring all of your favorite characters and songs.

WIZARD-OF-OZ characters looserTo kick off the month leading up to Camp, here are some interesting trivia facts about the making of the movie, released in 1939:

  • The name for Oz was thought up when author Frank L. Baum looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  • The film started shooting on 13 October 1938 and was completed on 16 March 1939 at a then-unheard-of cost of $2,777,000. It earned only $3,000,000 on its initial release.
  • The “tornado” was a 35-foot-long muslin stocking, spun around among miniatures of a Kansas farm and fields in a dusty atmosphere.
  • The song “Over the Rainbow” was ranked #1 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the 100 Greatest Songs in American Films list.
  • Dorothy’s iconic red slippers now live at the Smithsonian Institution, and are so popular that the carpet in front of the attraction has had to be replaced numerous times due to wear and tear.
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