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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream And L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz

L. Frank Baum is the author of one of the most magical fairy tales
ever brought to our screens. A series of books were written and in
1939 created into a film. It was a masterpiece that was to be one of
the biggest films ever made, enjoyed by children and adults all over
the world. There are many reasons why this film has the element of
magic, one of the reasons I found when researching was that this film
did not only have one director, but several, Victor Fleming was the
main director but for personal reasons other directors were bought in,
Richard Thorpe and King Vidor. With the three imaginations of these
geniuses a classic was born. The story of 'The Wizard Of Oz' is a
story of a young girl whose imagination creates a world 'Somewhere
over the Rainbow.' Choosing to take L. Franks Baum's ideas and do the
Wizard of Oz for out Children's theater was an easy choice as all of
us had grown up watching the film and singing the songs. We wanted to
create a magic that the kids would become enchanted by, for this magic
we turned to 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'.

'A Midsummer Nights Dream was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare's legendary status as a man of the theatre has
crossed time and place. Respected as an artist of considerable merit
in his own time, his reputation has expanded in the more than four
hundred years since his birth to classify him as one of the greatest
writers who has ever lived.So it should be no surprise that although
it isn't a story read by children, (because of the Shakespearean
language used.) we turned to Mr. Shakespeare for some help. His
ability to take write a story and have audiences read it years later,
and still have them pondering, 'What's going to happen next?', 'What
mischief has Puck done now' is amazing. As I said the book isn't a
book read by younger children, but when like The Wizard Of Oz it was
brought to the big screen, a world of magic and fairies was open for
children to jump in and dream. In the play, the worlds of the
mythological Greece, Elizabethan England, and the fairy kingdom are
united. In another writer's hands, the transition from Theseus' Greek
empire to the fairy forest would seem jarring, but time and again
audiences have willingly suspended their disbelief to follow Hermia
and Lysander, Oberon and Puck, Titania and Bottom on a journey through
the pitfalls of love, the power of magic, and the miracle of dreams.

Although there are no fairies in The Wizard Of Oz, we desperately
wanted an air of magic throughout, we decided to do this through the
use of music, this is done in both films, (The Wizard of Oz and A
Midsummer night's dream)

In The Wizard of Oz it is done through the characters singing, in A
Midsummer Night's...

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