The Wicked Witch of the West strikes the FAC

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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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