The Wicked Witch of the West strikes the FAC


The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center meant well with yesterday’s publicity stunt leading up to their theater production for The Wizard of Oz.
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But things got a little hairy.

Despite what the Gazette’s coverage would lead you to believe, it wasn’t all ruby slippers and yellow brick roads. Thanks to an errant breeze and a sharp tree, the kids and other media witnessed a flailing hot-air balloon punctured by a branch and emergency services. FAC communications director Warren Epstein suffered a broken arm in the incident, but luckily that was the only injury.

And god love the actors, who stayed in character the whole time.

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