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No Place Like Home



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June 2012

Does it get any better than this? This lifelong theatre geek's dream is coming true – a chance to literally float onto stage in the show I have been obsessed with since I was in diapers. "The Wizard of Oz" is running at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre through July 15. Although I am quite busy chasing after my own three munchkins, I couldn't turn down the offer to play Glinda.

"You've always had the power to go back to Kansas," the good witch dressed in piles of tulle advises Dorothy after her wild journey down the yellow brick road. But what I love most about this story is how nobody – not even a very good witch or a very bad wizard – could give Dorothy a fast-track to that toughest of lessons: sometimes your heart's desire cannot be found over the rainbow, because it has been right there all along in your own back yard.



Wow, can I relate to that one. I followed a winding brick road through three states during a 15-year career in television news. Then, last fall, I landed back with the three things that have always meant "home" to me: kids, writing and theatre. I left TV behind and began working in marketing communications with Riley Children's Foundation, which means I am with my own kids when they need me most, I get to write magazine stories about inspiring kids, and as a bonus, I can finally say "yes" to a full-scale theatre production.



Our Dorothy is played by the adorable Lisa Bark, who has appeared in theatre productions in Dubai, Italy, Barbados and Puerto Rico. But she's one of many talented actors who keep coming back to Beef & Boards show after show. It just feels like home.

I'll be sharing behind-the-scenes stories from the yellow brick road in my blog on IndysChild.com. In the meantime, my kids are getting pretty pumped up to see their mom "fly," and to tear into the famous dinner buffet that includes, of course, Munchkin-friendly mac-n-cheese and chicken fingers.

I'll see you over the rainbow.

The Wizard of Oz runs through July 15 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre near 465 and Michigan Road. For more information visit www.beefandboards.com.


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