Concordia University Wisconsin is hosting an event Nov. 1 to honor the legacy of Judy Garland.
Judy Garland, a film and musical star in the 1930s-1970s, was best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz”. In celebration of her life and work 50 years after her passing, students will perform some of her most well-known and beloved pieces.
“Judy is a star that everybody has some connection to. While some may not know every last film she has starred in, everyone has known or at least heard of ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” CUW Department of Theatre Professor and lifelong Judy Garland fan Lori Woodall-Schaufler said.
While some songs, such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “Smile”, may be more recognizable than others, such as “A Pretty Girl Milking a Cow”, each performance is sure to be enjoyable.
“We are thrilled to bring some of the atmosphere her songs and performance style created to campus,” Woodall-Schaufler said.
The event is aimed to honor Judy Garland while also creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all those who attend.
“Aside from her famous alto voice, Judy had a performance style that was iconic and uniquely hers,” Woodall-Schaufler said. “We don’t want to replicate that, but honor it, and create an atmosphere for the audience similar to the one Judy made, warm, light-hearted, and inclusive.”
This event will feature all but two cast members also performing in CUW’s upcoming show “Meet Me In St. Louis”, one in which Judy Garland starred.
“We are hoping that the event will excite attendees about Judy, and encourage them to visit us again next week for Meet Me in St. Louis,” Woodall-Schaufler said.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” follows the Smith family in St. Louis right before the 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the “World’s Fair.” Esther Smith, Judy Garland’s role, is the main character who leads the audience through her journey of falling in love, growing pains, and life changes. The musical will run from Nov. 7-10.
“This show will feature child actresses, a moving trolley, slaps, kick lines, and much more. It truly is a show for all ages,” Woodall-Schaufler said.
Tickets for both shows can be ordered from the CUW ticket line at 262-243-4440.
Written by Cecelia Milner.