Yellow Brick Road leads to Beef & Boards for local ‘munchkins’

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Performing as Munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” are Kendall Greene (front), Carmel; (back row, from left) Sydney Johnson, Fishers; Sydney Greene, Carmel; and Madison Moll, Fishers.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s current production of “The Wizard of Oz” offers four local young thespians a rare opportunity to make Munchkinland a reality.

They were chosen from more than 100 central Indiana children who auditioned for the limited number of roles.

“I have loved the movie and the music since I was little,” remarked Madison Moll, who will attend Hamilton Southeastern Junior High this fall. This is the 11th production for 11-year-old Madison. “I like being able to play a character and be someone different than who I am,” she said.

For 10-year-old Sydney Grace Johnson of Fishers, performing doesn’t require a stage. “I love choreographing performances for the neighborhood with my friends,” the Sand Creek Intermediate student said. And Sydney has no plans to stop. “(I want to) obtain a theater/dance degree at IU – and be famous!”

Sharing her fellow Munchkins’ love of performing is Kendall Greene, 10, a student at College Wood Elementary. “I love being in front of people and being on stage,” she said. When not on stage, she’s a dance student at Performer’s Edge in Carmel, and a competitive gymnast at Deveau’s in Fishers.

Sydney Greene, a student at Carmel Middle School who also takes dance at Performer’s Edge, would like to become a professional singer or actor. Excited to perform in her first theatrical production, Sydney said she loved the movie, “The Wizard of Oz” and its lesson: There’s no place like home.

On stage at Beef & Boards through July 15, “The Wizard of Oz” offers a $10 discount on tickets for kids ages 3 to 15. Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include a family-friendly buffet. For reservations, call the box office at 872-9664. For more information, visit www.beefandboards.com.

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