Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Feeling "wicked" lucky?

The Wicked lottery is back starting with tomorrow's opening night performance. Interested in participating? Here's how it works …
  • A day-of-performance lottery for $25 seats will be held daily for WICKED, which will be on stage from Feb. 21 – March 11 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s Carol Morsani Hall.
  • People who are interested in WICKED lottery tickets can enter their name into the lottery drum at the WICKED table by the TBPAC Ticket Office beginning 2½ hours before show time. No entries will be accepted before that time.
  • Entries will be accepted until two hours before the show, when names will be drawn for 26 seats in varying locations at $25 each, cash only.
  • This lottery is available only in-person at the TBPAC Ticket Office.
  • One entry per person. Two-ticket limit per entry. Must be present for entry and drawing to win.
  • Must present ID at Ticket Office window to purchase.
  • Falsifying information or attempts to disrupt the system in place will disqualify persons from future lottery entry attempts.

Trust him… she's really dead.

This morning I was passed a New York Times story that is, well … unique. It's a story about a coroner. But not any ordinary coroner. It's a profile on Meinhardt Raabe, the actor who played the coroner for Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz and pronounced the Wicked Witch of the East dead. You know… "As coroner, I must aver, I thoroughly examined her. And she's not only merely dead, she's really, most sincerely dead." (stuck in your head yet?)

Now 91 and living in Penney Farms, Florida, Raabe is the oldest living resident of what was known as Munchkinland. Raised in Wisconsin, Raabe visited the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and learned that there were others with his, as he calls it, "abnormal lack of height." One thing led to another and he eventually found himself in Hollywood and in Oz. Want to learn more? Check on the article in this past Sunday's New York Times or read his autobiography titled "Memories of a Munchkin."

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