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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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