What a wonderful Wiz it was

A young Dorothy played by three year old Mia Brown pictured with the Wizard Of Oz characters.
A young Dorothy played by three year old Mia Brown pictured with the Wizard Of Oz characters.
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THE magical world of Oz came to Hartlepool for a special event.

The event, called Adventure to Oz, was staged at the town’s Maritime Experience last night with a range of fun for families.

The award-winning tourist attraction was transformed into the mysterious land of Oz as the new Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful is in cinemas. It is a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s much-loved Wizard of Oz.

Visitors had the chance to get face-to-face with favourite Oz characters including the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, the witches and the Wizard of Oz himself.

There was an Oz scavenger hunt, with prizes for people who went in the best Wizard of Oz costumes.

The Baltic Suite – which was turned into Kansas and the Emerald City – hosted craft activities including creating a badge for the Cowardly Lion and a heart for the Tin Man, as well as making lion masks and lollipops and decorating a rainbow cake.

Balloon modeller, juggler and unicyclist Tom Rolfe entertained the crowds, while there was also plate spinning and juggling diabolos along with the traditional challenge to bite the apple on a string.

There was also a classic Wizard of Oz storytelling session in the atmospheric surroundings of the Museum of Hartlepool and an Oz face painting make-over.

l See Monday’s Mail for more pictures.