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Press Release:
“After The Wizard” Publicist
Lauren Lewis (818) 970-0052

Wanda Kelsey
Executive Director
Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce
(620) 532-1853


Photo by Dana Rice.
Family Friendly Feature Film Based On The Iconic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” Characters
Follows Kingman And Emporia Screenings With Special Showing In Pretty Prairie on July 23, 2011
As City Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of Opening Of The Civic Theatre, The Pretty Prairie Night Rodeo And More

July 18, 2011, Kingman, KS/Los Angeles, CA – Continuing a whirlwind month of special engagements, standing room only screenings and festivities, “After The Wizard,” a feature length family film based on the iconic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” characters created by L. Frank Baum, lands in Kansas once again...this time for a celebratory showing at the Pretty Prairie Civic Theatre on July 23, 2011.  The screening will take place at 3:00pm at the historic 75 year old theatre located at 105 West Main Street in Pretty Prairie, KS and coincides with the Pretty Prairie Night Rodeo, the largest in Kansas.
Writer and Director Hugh Gross will be on hand to meet and greet the public prior to and following the screening.
The Pretty Prairie screening follows the World Premiere of the film in Kingman, Kansas over the July 4th weekend.  The special event drew more than 1,000 attendees to its three scheduled screenings and two additional ones that were needed to meet the public’s growing demand. The film was also met with resounding media coverage including three network news stations, radio stations and local and national newspapers as well as The Associated Press.  The buzz continues to grow worldwide thanks to social media and technology, generating Facebook hits not only within the United States but internationally from such countries as Canada, the Philippines, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom,  Indonesia, France Germany, India,  Austria,  Mexico, Turkey,  Venezuela, Japan and Australia.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming support ‘After The Wizard’ continues to receive,” said Gross who often recognizes Kingman, KS and the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce for its tremendous involvement in the making of the film which is now immortalized in the city with “After The Wizard” Day on July 2.  “After The Wizard” was headquartered in Kingman during the Kansas portion of its shoot which took place during 2010.  The film, which drew more than two hundred volunteers from Kingman and surrounding cities, also filmed in Pretty Prairie, Hutchinson and Topeka.  “We are in discussions  with several distributors to follow the launch of ‘After The Wizard’ with a national release. The World Premiere and the support we garnered in Kingman and beyond demonstrate the public’s interest and desire for a family friendly feature film of this nature. We are extremely pleased to now share our special film as part of the Pretty Prairie festivities.”
The Pretty Prairie screening takes place fresh off the heels of a highly successful weekend in Emporia, KS where “After The Wizard” showed July 15, 16 and 17 at the Emporia Granada Theater.  Once again, the film drew hundreds of people to the theater.
Often humorous and always entertaining, “After the Wizard” is a heartfelt 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 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” countless times.  But unlike other girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy...and maybe she is.
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.
The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman embark on an incredible cross country adventure as they leave Oz to search for Dorothy in Kansas.  Traveling by hot air balloon, train, bus and foot, the endearing duo find themselves lost in a world full of colorful strangers who are familiar with them, including a group of New Jersey schoolchildren they mistake for Munchkins and a wise Southern blind man who guides them on their journey.
An unforgettable story unfolds as the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman are reunited with Dorothy, the kind of story that lives on in the imagination and hearts of people forever.
Written and directed by Hugh Gross, “After The Wizard” stars Jermel Nakia as the Scarecrow, Orien Richman as the Tin Woodman and P. David Miller as the Lion.  Jordan Van Vranken stars as Elizabeth in the film opposite the incomparable Paxton, who was supplied by Performing Animal Troupe and trained by Cathy Pittman and Tina Browne.  “After The Wizard” also stars Helen Richman, Loren Lester, Peter Mark Richman and Susan Giosa.  Lance Frank served as producer.

For further information or to schedule a time to speak with writer and director Hugh Gross or cast members, please contact Lauren Lewis at (818) 970-0052 or

Photo (above) by Dana Rice.

PHOTO (below): Pretty Prairie Civic Theatre proprietors Jay & Stephanie Gehring, Joyce & Darrell Albright with "After The Wizard" director Hugh Gross and cast members Orien Richman, Jordan Van Vranken and Jermel Nakia.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Albright

Pretty Prairie Civic Theatre proprietors Jay & Stephanie Gehring, Joyce & Darrell Albright with "After The Wizard" director Hugh Gross and cast members Orien Richman, Jordan Van Vranken and Jermel Nakia.  PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Albright 

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