From of the mind George Lucas comes “Strange Magic”, a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular love songs from the past six decades help to tell the tale of a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Come follow their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion on January 23, 2015!
On January 13, 2015, I was blessed to see an advance screening of “Strange Magic”, before it hits theaters on January 23, 2015. In addition to the screening, I was given an exclusive tour of Skywalker Ranch, the location where “Strange Magic” was produced. I thought that I would share with you some highlights from my tour. Please feel free to share with your friends by clicking on the share buttons.
What I found most interesting is that, throughout the location, the walls are decorated with George Lucas’s collection of classic movie posters. The seating and dining areas evoke the pleasantness of home, making it a true ‘retreat’ for “filmmakers”. The Technical Building is a full 153,000-square-feet and features a world-class scoring stage, 6 mix studios, ADR and Foley stages, 34 editing suites and a 300-seat theater called the “Stag”.
The “Stag” Theater:
From the moment you enter the 300-seat theater, you can’t help but admire the eloquent Art Deco style. The entrance is decorated with a large, beautiful candle lamp. In the front of the theater sits two magnificent statues from Palpatine’s office on the left and right sides of the movie screen!
The Surrounding Grounds:
As I sat on the porch, I could not help but take in the tranquility of “Lake Ewok” and the surrounding 4,700 acres of lush green hills. On site, there is a vineyard and the grapes grown there are used to produce Skywalker Ranch signature wines and jams. Other amenities include a on-site restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.
Fun Fact: Although Lucas Valley Rd is the street that leads you to the ranch, much to my surprise, the road is not named after him at all. It is actually the name of the previous owners who owned the property prior to George Lucas buying it!
The Main House:
Touring the library of George Lucas’s home was an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. #strangemagicevent #SkywalkerRanch A photo posted by Mrs Kathy King (@mrskathyking) on T
The main house is designed to look like an 1869 Victorian ranch style home. As you walk inside, there are a few display cases of old movie props from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and other titles. An iconic feature of the main house is the stained-glass dome in the main house’s company research library.
I feel very honored and blessed to be given such an amazing opportunity. I would like to thank Disney/Pixar & Touchstone Pictures for inviting me to this event.