Oz coming to Dublin

Dublin, Texas will be getting a taste of the Emerald City as Oz Comes to Texas on Aug. 11.

A giant 22-foot screen has been secured to show the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz” that night, but thanks to the planning of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Schexnider and Dawson Hicks, the showing will be much more immersive.

“I don’t know many other towns in Texas that have a yellow brick road,” Hicks said. 

Dublin’s can be seen by anyone who visits the Dublin Public Library as Hicks found a hardy paint to coat the historic Thurber brick path leading to the library’s door. (He’s been assured it can be washed off afterwards.)

The next step will be a field of 800 faux poppies to continue the Library’s Technicolor transformation into a scene from the movie that will be screened on the lawn. Hicks also hinted that there will be more decorations for the Oz transformation including the possibility of a “horse of a different color.”

Hicks and Schexnider are working with Rochelle Colclasure, a Strawn teacher, who led a One-Act Play performance of the story a few years ago. Strawn will loan their full cast of costumes was created for that production.

Dublin locals are being assigned roles so that attendees will be able to meet and take photos with all of their Oz favorites.

Hicks has secured other treats for Oz’s visitors as food trucks will be set up around the library and the Wright Historic Park including: Dublin Dairy Queen, Swiggs BBQ from Comanche, Sweetie’s Cheesecakes from Fort Worth and Early’s Chick-Fil-A, which will be selling sandwiches.

Guests can commemorate the event by picking up custom-made T-shirts from Lions Den Athletics and limited edition bottles of Dublin Bottling Works’ 1891 Green Apple Soda. (There are 12 cases of the soda being produced in honor of the event.)

Flight Reach Productions is partnered with the event and will be filming on the ground and in the air by drone.

The event has already drawn some attention on social media and from a television appearance by Schexnider on KTAB in Abilene. (That can be found by searching for Oz on bigcountryhomepage.com.)

For more information, visit ozintexas.com or “Oz Comes to Dublin” on Facebook.

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