STRONG COMMUNITY FOCUS
The Oz Gang have a strong community agenda and try to accommodate requests as they travel. Like the unusual one to bring a show that could be enjoyed by the hearing-impaired in Arana Hills (Queensland 2005). We had the entire Christmas show signed plus song lyrics projected!
“This was the only children’s show that was kind enough to listen to a request we have been making for years so our kids don’t miss out. You have made this Christmas really special for us” – Sally Strawbridge, Deaf Association.
The Oz Gang are also actively involved in Hospital Toy Appeals and visits. They sponsor community efforts like the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur, multicultural festivals, work with special needs and disability groups, participate in social awareness campaigns and community fund raisers.
“A great place for children and congratulations on an altogether fantastic venue.” – Cr Paul Lake, Mayor, Campbelltown City.
Recognising that children today demand more than just passive play, the Funland is a highly interactive venue that seeks to constantly engage its visitors with creative activity. Facilities include Putt Putt golf, Oz Balladrome, playmaze, jumping castle, toddlers play, music & movement for pre-schoolers, face painting, puppet fun, Oz Sound & Light Storytime, karaoke disco, music lessons, multicultural events and lots of Oz memorabilia. The Oz Funland has proved so successful that we will soon be looking for the right partners to open more such venues around Australia, NZ & Asia.
OUR OWN FESTIVAL
The Show gave Sydney its very first Wizard of Oz Festival that grew from the Seymour Centre’s courtyard to a big carnival at Castle Hill Showgrounds (2003). Margaret Pellegrini (one of the original MGM Munchkins) flew down specially from America as Guest of Honour at the Seymour and much to the public’s delight, she joined the cast on stage for a cameo in Munchkinland! The Seymour season benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Children were also granted a unique wish to “Be A Munchkin” for a day!
In 2013, the Festival spread across 20 venues around Campbelltown with a vibrant and diverse programme designed to include different sections of the community and benefit the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur. Channel Nine’s Emma Freedman dressed up as Dorothy to broadcast live for the Morning Show.
OLLIE THE OPTOMETRIST GOES TO OZ
TIn Oct 2014, Laul introduced a new character to his Oz show – Ollie the Optometrist, to get across simple eye care messages to children in a memorable way.
A collaboration with India Vision Institute, initiated by its visionary CEO Vinod Daniel, saw The Wizard of Oz Show featuring Ollie tour India as part of the institute’s awareness campaign. Ollie’s theme song has since been released..
DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
Under the auspices of Rainbow Crossing Inc, the show has pursued an initiative to take drama workshops and performance opportunities to regional Australia from July 2013.
Pre-show workshops introduce children to elements of tableaux, expression and voice. These children then have the exciting opportunity to show off what they’ve learned as they appear on stage in the show.
“It’s a lovely way to enrich their learning experience, one that they will always remember” – Gay Giblett, Principal, La Belle School of Dancing, Lithgow.
DVDS & SOUVENIRS
The Wizard of Oz Show (2002, updated in 2005). Special features later added to interest parents and grandparents included interviews with Oz royalty like the Baums (the author’s great grandsons), original MGM Munchkins (Lollipop Kid, Coronor, Flowerpot Munchkin) among others, done at the world’s largest annual Oz Festival at Chesterton USA .
The Wizard of Oz Christmas Show (2003) & Cinderella – A Ball for All (2007) followed.
Activity Books, T-Shirts, Oz Character Costumes, Clocks, Oz Dolls & Fridge Magnets are some of the other souvenirs available.
OZ BROADCAST & FUTURE POTENTIAL
The company is now looking to Television to take it to the next level. This will undoubtedly:
- Enhance the visibility of the Live Show;
- Lead to the increased marketability of spin off products like DVDs and Books;
- Open doors to overseas sales of the Oz TV series, performances & related merchandise.