There aren’t very many children that don’t know the immortal story of Dorothy and her adventures in the land of Oz. No matter whether people have seen the characters in the movies or read the classic novels, there is something about Dorothy’s story that is simply timeless, which is why generations of children immediately recognize characters like Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and, of course, Dorothy herself. But what happened when Dorothy got back from Oz? Writer and director Hugh Gross attempts to answer that question in the touching new film After the Wizard. Here’s a brief synopsis:
After the Wizard is a heartfelt, often humorous and always entertaining story about a 12-year-old girl named Elizabeth who lives in an orphanage in Kingman, Kansas. Like millions of girls her age she has read the beloved L. Frank Baum novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” countless times. But unlike other girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy…and maybe she is. With Elizabeth referring to herself as Dorothy and constantly looking for Toto and a way back to Oz, the headmistress at the orphanage worries about Elizabeth and fears that she is losing touch with reality.
Meanwhile back in Oz things have not gone well for the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman or the Lion. Oz is in trouble and they believe Dorothy is the one person who can help save their home, just as she did before. Only this time they have to find her. An unforgettable story unfolds as the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman search for and are reunited with Dorothy…the kind of story that lives on in the imagination and hearts of people forever. [Read more…]