Encore | Elizabeth Stenholt

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The Des Plaines native steps into Dorothy’s ruby slippers for The Wizard of Oz at the Paramount

The Role of A Lifetime
It’s truly an honor, and I don’t say that lightly. I was obsessed with Dorothy throughout my childhood—I saw The Wizard of Oz for the first time before I could talk, and I went as Dorothy multiple times in a row for Halloween (my mom made my costume).

I think The Wizard of Oz played a huge part it my desire to perform as I grew up, so it’s amazing that I might inspire other kids
out there, just as I was inspired by Dorothy
as a young girl.

Tackling An Iconic Character
While you have to treat the movie and the character with respect, you also have to
make it your own. Because bringing myself into a role is a huge part of what makes the experience magical and personal for both
me and the audience.

A Canine Costar
I grew up with my dog Buddy, who I forced to be Toto during Halloween, so I’m prepared. This is my first time working with an animal onstage, and while there are a lot of rules to follow, it adds such an exciting layer to the experience.

Through January 6 at Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena, Aurora
Tickets: $36–$69 | paramountaurora.com