Taking 'The Wizard of Oz' to New Heights / by Jerald Pierce

It was 1939 when Glinda the Good Witch first floated onto screens in her pink bubble. That moment in The Wizard of Oz became so memorable that stage adaptations over the years have employed hoops and rings to emulate that iconic entrance. But this holiday season, Glinda soars in on a flying trapeze. A circus is coming to the Emerald City and it's putting an all new spin on Syracuse Stage's production of The Wizard of Oz.

2 Ring Circus, a New York-based group founded in 2011, works to merge aerial acrobatics with the song and dance of familiar musicals. Founding artistic director Joshua Dean, an aerialist in New York City, partnered with Ben Franklin, Kenneth Ziegler, and Lani Corson to form the four person company. 2 Ring collaborates with theaters to bring the excitement of circus acrobatics to their productions. 

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