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TMSG: Yellow Brick Road to Mid-Michigan


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - One of the most classic stories of all time will be re-introduced to audiences this weekend, as "Oz the Great and Powerful," a prequel to the Wizard of Oz.

From small to tall, the new Oz movie has it all.

The classic characters are brought to life by Lansing Community College alums Carter Briggs and Casey Peterson, two local actors among an Emerald-City full of Michiganders with roles in the film.

"First day on the set, we walked into the elevator with five little people and there were also six of us winkie guards! We all laughed and now these are the people you're friends with the rest of your life," said Briggs, who plays Winkie Guard in Oz.

"12 to 15, sometimes 17 hour days, but it went by so fast because we were having so much fun and all the munchkins got along and we're like one big family," said Peterson, who plays a munchkin in Oz.

A family that also included a few familiar Hollywood faces, like James Franco, Zach Braff, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis.

All having worked just down the yellow brick road in Pontiac, where most of the movie was filmed. What makes this experience even more special for everyone involved is the fact that for such a big Hollywood movie on the big screen it also has a small-town feel to it.

"Having that community presence just sparked speaks wonders to how movies can be made in Michigan and how it can happen anywhere," said Andrew Lathrop, LCC Alumnie Relations and Oz Event Organizer.

Ttwo more local connections to Oz: the movie's editor, Bob Murawski is an LCC alum and director, Sam Raimi, went to Michigan State.

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