“My people have been wearing green glasses on their eyes for so long that most of them think this really is an Emerald City.” -L. Frank Baum, Oz: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
The mention of the “Wizard of Oz” acts like a rubberband on my heart snapping me back to flashes of green and the vision of Mickey Rooney as the Wizard leaving in the hot air balloon in the touring musical at what is now the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It was my first acting experience on stage with the curtain being pulled back on how theater magic happens.
Perception: Perhaps at first thought, the story of the “Wizard of Oz” can be perceived as a children’s tale. However, with deeper thought the book’s message touches on some universal themes of being accepted and valued for individual gifts and character—having a home where you belong.
Deception: The Wizard’s story itself is twisted into a tale of deception with many movie fans forgetting that Baum’s version has an Emerald City made green only by the glasses that framed each inhabitant’s vision.
Perspective: On March 8, “Oz the Great and Powerful” hits movie theaters giving us another perspective of the Oz story. I am looking forward to seeing how director, Sam Raimi interprets a world where hidden desires can be the underbelly of actions.
Perception, deception and perspective can all be useful tools for an actor to understand. It can be helpful to me to understand how each person perceives a situation, how they deceive not only outsiders but themselves and what perspective from my own life experience can I bring. What “glasses” does this person or character wear that frames their worldview?
Movie theaters to experience “Oz The Great and Powerful”:
El Capitan Theatre: March 8-31. Enjoy both the movie and “Mysteries of Magic” show where a live magician will entertain you in the beautiful theater.
6838 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cinepolis Luxury Theater (Westlake Village, Rancho Santa Margarita, Del Mar etc.): Check out the reclining chairs with gourmet popcorn, delectable food selections and assigned seating for something a little bit different.
It has been 113 years since Baum wrote his book and many years since my first acting role. Those years have granted me some perspective in knowing what I want to frame my worldview with.
So put on those 3D glasses, happy movie watching and SHINE On! Matthew 5:16
On a magical related side note: “Once Upon a Time’s” Bailey Madison was captivating as young Snow White in the episode “The Queen is Dead.”