all who wander are not lost

Its time again for North Farmington High Schools annual school play – these folks are known for putting on professional caliber performances, and this years production of The Wizard of Oz is no exception.

The play is based in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum, not the film – although the playwrite took liberties that depart from both versions.

The basic story of Oz is considered to be an allegory for the the political times in which it was written. The “Yellow Brick Road” is an allusion to the Gold Standard which used to set the value of United States currency, and the “Silver Slippers” (ruby in the movie, non existent in the play) are a reference to the Silver Standard which followed the American Gold Standard for currency. The green witch and the “Emerald City” echo the green dollar bills we all are so familiar with.

If you stop and think for a second, the abbreviation for an American ounce of precious metal is “.oz”.

During the time this work was written, the monetary system of the United States of America was in the process of being overwhelmed by the Central Banking system.

[silver certificate – no mention of Federal Reserve – payable in pure silver to the bearer on demand]

Our currency was eventually taken off the precious metal standard (dollar bills used to be called “Silver Certificates” and could be exchanged for $1 worth of pure silver). The United States fought its Revolutionary War largely in part to escape from Great Britain’s Central Bank who sought to control and tax the colonies – selling them their currency with built in debt.

In the early 1900’s the United States of America finally lost its fight against the Central Bankers, and the Federal Reserve System was created. The Federal Reserve is a Central Bank – its neither Federal, nor does it contain any reserves. It is not a government agency, but rather a completely private multi-national corporation run for pure profit. They completely control our economy, our currency and they sell us every dollar we use – with built in immediate debt. We are merely helpless bystanders – the virtual munchkins of this real life story. The paper bills in your wallet refer to nothing, and are worth nothing. They are backed by no metals or anything of value. The very creation of this Central Bank currency defies our Constitution which demands that only the United States Congress can create and set values for our currency.

Seemingly a far departure from the fairy land of Oz, but remember the next time you see the film or the play or read the books – this is the story of Americas battle against the world wide Central Bank system. The dire warning from this fairy tale is; the man actually running everything from behind the curtain is not at all who you think.

Now onto the play –

Catie as the indisputable star of the show as Dorothy Gale !

Whoever participated in the set design did an amazing job, the set paintings were stunning.

Glenda the good Witch of the North – in the play she is referred to as the “Sorceress of the North”.

Munchkins !

Munchkin coroner with the death certificate for the Wicked Witch of the East, killed by Dorothys house.

The Lollypop Guild – a reference to early American Trade Unions.

The Wicked Witch of the West – allegory for the Central Banking System.

Kim starring as the Wicked Witch of the West, amazing.

Introduction of the Scarcrow played by Dain.

The Tin Woodsman – played by Brendan – what a great job they did on this costume ! The real costume in the movie almost killed the original Tinman actor who was Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett – Beverly Hillbillies). By the time he came out of critical condition, they had recast another actor for his part.

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh MY !

The Cowardly Lion played by Matt. The original costume in the film was a real lion skin which weighed dozens of pounds.

Attack of the Jitterbugs

Saved from the Jitterbugs by the Sorceress of the North and her assistants.

The Wicked Witch is DEAD !

The Wizard of Oz, revealed to be nothing more than a con man.

Paul as The Wizard

Ther’s no place like home – as Oz takes Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot air balloon.

Another amazing production pulled off by the talented folks at north Farmington High School. A great story, and perhaps unintentionally, more timely than any other play that could be performed in this day and age.

And dont forget warnings from our past – KILL THE BANK.

10 Responses to No Place like Home

  • I just want to comment on what an absolutely AMAZING job North Farmington has done yet again one their annual spring musical. I was part of the last 4 spring musicals North Farmington put on, and it feels really good to see that our tradition of great musicals is still being passed on. Congratulations to everyone involved this year, and thanks a TON for the coverage Detroit Funk does on us every year. =)

  • Nice shots, and thanks for the info. I was unaware of the back story on that one…

    Great job to all invloved looks like a first class production!

  • thank you so much we really appreciate it!

  • these are amazing pictures! i was an ozian! i hope you enjoyed! :]

  • Hey there Morgan – if you go to Mr. Cobb, he has a full CD of the high resolution images, all of which are for anyone at North to use any way you like. (Mr. Jones will have a copy this week too)

    Cheers !

  • Hi I’m from the North Farmington yearbook and I was wondering if there is any way we could get some of your pictures from the musical to use in our book, with credit of course.

  • I didnt forget, I just dont know anything about that particular detail.

    It is however important to note that “Oz” is also the abbreviation of “ounce” when describing metal weights.

  • I noticed that you forgot to mention anything about the character Gloria, who represents Oz.

  • heyo chris-

    yeah, twas the silver makeup. i think they mixed it out of lead paint and powdered aluminum or something. they talk about that in the Oz movie DVD features. (i was throwing in the makeup as costume) i forgot about the witch burning too !

  • It seems to me that Buddy Ebsen nearly died from an alergic reaction to the silver makeup not so much the costume. Margaret Hamleton nearly burned to death from the second trap door sequence in munchkinland. This production looks great. Reminds me of the days when Lahser High School put on professional calibur productions, before the cut funding in favor of the football team.