Drama student daring to dream of Dorothy

A UWindsor drama student is among the finalists in a national contest to land the role of Dorothy in an Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz to open in Toronto in December.

Third-year BFA acting major Danielle Wade has survived several rounds of competition, including the first installment of CBC-TV’s star search series, Over The Rainbow. Now she’s one of just nine aspiring Dorothys left. Over the next seven weeks’ worth of episodes, online voting will determine the winner of the plum role.

Wade told the Windsor Star she figures she’s already a winner.

“If I were to go home now, it would still be the most awesome thing to happen to me,” she said. “One of the most amazing opportunities in a lifetime has happened and I’m only 20.”

Find more information, including a brief biography of Wade and details on how to vote, on the show’s Web site.

Watch a video of Wade making her case:

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