Beat the Heat: THE WIZARD OF OZ

Watch Trailer Director: Victor Flemming
Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan
Awards: Academy Award - Best Art Direction (nom), Best Original Song, Best Original Score

The film that has transported millions of movie fans somewhere over the rainbow for nearly a century, The Wizard of Oz is a true classic of American cinematic history. With its fantastical story adapted from L Frank Baum’s children’s book, its unforgettable characters, incredible sets, timeless soundtrack, and rich Technicolor cinematography, the legacy of this Oscar-winning masterpiece is sure to endure long into the future. Admission is a monetary donation to the IFCR to raise funds for CDKL5 research.

Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas, and her lovable terrier Toto get caught in the midst of a terrifying tornado whose house-shaking force ultimately knocks Dorothy unconscious. When she finally awakens, she is amazed to find herself in a land that defies imagination:  Dorothy is greeted by benevolent witch Glinda and a host of Munchkins who explain that she has inadvertently rid the Land of Oz from the scourge of the Wicked Witch of The East and, in return, is given the bad witch’s ruby red slippers. All is not well, however – The Wicked Witch of The West vows revenge on Dorothy for killing her sister. Dorothy and Toto, in order to find a way back to Kansas, set out upon the Yellow Brick Road where they encounter not only The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion, but also trials and triumphs on their way to the Emerald City and its patron, The Wizard of Oz himself!

About CDKL5

CDKL5 is a rare developmental deficiency disorder caused by mutations in the CDKL5 gene. The IFCR is working towards finding treatments and a cure for CDKL5, funding a variety of scientific research and trials. You can read more about the IFCR and CDKL5 by visiting their website here. June is CDKL5 Awareness Month and June 17th is World CDKL5 Day!

This event is being held in honor of Reid Berger ❤️

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This series is made possible thanks to support from the following sponsors: OUCU Financial, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Brenen’s Cafe and Deli, Athens County Children Services, Ohio Arts Council, and Arts for Ohio


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Running Time: 102 MIN102 MIN
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible