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Special Effects for "The Wizard of Oz" 
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Post Special Effects for "The Wizard of Oz"
This coming August, I have the privilege of directing and designing a production of The Wizard of Oz for my local community theatre group. This is a huge show to take on, and unfortunately the theater we have booked is not very large at all, so we're doing our best to make sure everything fits, but at the same time make sure it doesn't look like crap.

I have figured out how to do some of the smaller special effects, but some of the larger, more "iconic" ones I still haven't been able to figure out.

1. Glinda's entrance
2. Wizard's giant head
3. Witch's melting
4. Wizard's balloon rising

Here are some important things to know about the stage/theater from their website:

Stage is a proscenium.
Stage height is 7”
Proscenium width is 32’-0”
Stage depth is 24”-0”
Proscenium Height is 16’-0”
Grid Height is 22’-0”
Cyclorama is seamless white muslin, 50’-0” wide x 19’-8” high.
Cyclorama to plaster line is 19’-10”
Cross-over walkway behind cyc is 2’-0” wide SR and expands to 3’-0” wide SL, or there is an external cross-over.
Backstage exit SR has stairway to lower level open space.
Wing Space: Stage Left is 12’ x 26’, Stage Right is 20’ x 26’
NOT a fly space and has no installed counter-weight rigging systems.

There is also a projection system (the one major plus).

I am open to any suggestions.

Thanks!


Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:14 am
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Post Re: Special Effects for "The Wizard of Oz"
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Stage height is 7”


Is the play being put on by hamsters? 7 inches is pretty limiting. :D

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Post Re: Special Effects for "The Wizard of Oz"
One might think so haha. Believe it or not, it works! We actually did Shrek the Musical there last summer.

Here are some images of the space to give a better idea of what I'm working with.

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