Actor Leonard Dozier, 33, has done plenty of voiceover work, and just won an Addy Award from the American Advertising Federation for his work as spokesman for Boomtown Casino in New Orleans.

But when he landed a role in the 3D animated feature film “Dorothy of Oz,” due out in 2013, he had his first experience matching his voice to an animated character.

“Typically I’m not working with visuals — just a script. It’s a totally different process,” he said of the recording, done at a New York City studio. “The film is in front of you on this big screen.”

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The director was Skyped in from Los Angeles, and gave Dozier a cue to start speaking, following the character’s mouth movements as much as possible. Since fractions of a second matter, the fine tuning is done in post production, said Dozier, who grew up in Pleasantville and lives in Egg Harbor City.

The story, based on L. Frank Baum’s “Oz” books and later books by great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum, involves Dorothy returning to the magical land. Dozier, who is managed by Robert Williams of TMarquise Entertainment in Absecon, is a father and could relate to his character's mission.

“His responsibility was to get Dorothy to actually leave Oz and come back home. It’s like trying to get your kid to leave Disney World,” Dozier said.

Co-stars include Lea Michele as Dorothy; Jim Belushi as the Cowardly Lion; Dan Aykroyd as the Scarecrow; Kelsey Grammer as the Tinman; and Bernadette Peters as Glinda the Good Witch. There are also new characters played by Patrick Stewart, Hugh Dancy and others. Visit

Social service kudos

Melissa Gustin, of Jewish Family Service in Margate, was chosen as 2012 Integrated Case Management Services Case Manager of the Year by AtlantiCare Behavorial Health.

Gustin, a graduate of Richard Stockton College, has been working at JFS since 2004, and expanded a program with AtlantiCare in 2009. She helps clients transform their lives by improving hygiene, making doctor appointments, and securing housing and employment.

Exploring aging

Kathleen Schoonover, of Linwood, has self-published her second novel, “When Collagen Fails.” Her first novel was 2000’s “The Pony Tale.”

Schoonover is the former owner of Renoir’s Nephew, a fine art and frame shop in Ocean City. Her new novel tackles themes of corporate takeovers, aging and facelifts. She will do a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 30 at Sun Rose Words & Music, 756 Asbury Ave., Ocean City. Visit or for a fun take on issues of aging.

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Michelle Brunetti Post writes about the lives, careers and good deeds of South Jersey residents Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays in ‘Everyone Has a Story.’ To share your story, call 609-272-7219 or email


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