Off to see 'The Wizard of Oz'
- Written by Anne Mcilhany
Local kids join national tour Kingwood residents Kristen Leigh Herink, Libby Malone and Kerry Rose Sullivan have hit the national spotlight. All three will perform the roles of “munchkins” and “winkies” in the Houston production of “The Wizard of Oz,” a part of the Cadillac Broadway Across America National Tour. Performances in Houston are April 7-19 at the Hobby Center. Auditions were held in early March. “I’m very excited,” said Kristen Herink, a 9-year-old who attends Shadow Forest Elementary. “I just love being on the stage, dancing and singing.” Previously, she has been seen in “101 Dalmations” at Centre Stage Theatrical School & Company, and “Schoolhouse Rock” at Greentree Elementary. She also takes jazz at Profusion Performing Arts. Libby Malone, 9, also a student at Shadow Forest, is enthusiastic about the opportunity. “I like working with a professional cast,” she said. Her experience includes “101 Dalmations” at Centre Stage Theatrical School & Company, “Hansel and Gretel” with Main Street Theatre, and training with the Rowland-Ballard School of Ballet. Sara Preisler, student assistant director with Centre Stage Theatrical School & Company, is helping direct the munchkins. “Sara has taught us the songs and dances, and has made rehearsals so much fun,” said Malone. Kerry Rose Sullivan, 10, is having her dream come true. “I have always wanted to be in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” she said. “I am really excited about the show.” Sullivan attends Willow Creek Elementary, and she is a member of the Humble ISD Fifth Grade Honor Choir. Her credits include “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” with Broadway Across America, “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Cinderella”, “Aladdin,” and “Schoolhouse Rock” at Centre Stage Theatrical School & Company. Her training also includes Rowland-Ballard School of Ballet and Gymnastics. All three girls recently performed in “Sleeping Beauty” at Centre Stage. Henrink and Sullivan are cast as fairies, and Malone plays Merryweather, the blue fairy. Asked what part of The Wizard of Oz they liked best, the girls were unanimous in their opinion: “When the Wicked Witch of the West comes in,” said Herink. “We all get to fall down and scream!” For more information, visit www.wizardofozontour.com. Tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” start at $21. Tickets are available by calling 713-629-3700 or online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.