Get to know “Dorothy”!

Heading to The Chicago Theatre May 8 – 20th, The Wizard of Oz is a beloved classic tale, spanning generations! We caught up with Kalie Kaimann, who is playing the role of Dorothy in the live production at The Chicago Theatre. Read more on what it’s like to take on such an iconic character!

How does it feel to take on an iconic role like Dorothy and how do you make it your own?
It is such an honor to be taking on this iconic role, especially since I have always idolized her as a child myself. I definitely pay homage to Judy Garland’s Dorothy because that’s what the audiences have grown up with and it’s what they hold near and dear to their hearts. I really wanted to capture the innocence and curiosity of a young girl while staying true to the time period. I find that I’ve made it my own by staying honest in every moment on stage and telling Dorothy’s story as best I can.


Is this your first touring gig? How are you enjoying life on the road?
Yes this is my first tour! I’m loving every minute of it. I’m getting to bring a beautiful show to audiences all over the U.S. (& Canada!) while getting to explore places I’ve never seen before. It’s truly a dream come true!

What has been your favorite moment of the tour so far?
A few weeks ago we were performing in multiple cities in Florida, and we happen to have an off day in Lakeland, so almost the whole cast made a trip to Disney! It was amazing!! Definitely a highlight for me.

What are you most looking forward to during your time in Chicago?
I’ve passed through Chicago before, but I’ve never gotten to visit and explore! Besides performing at the beautiful Chicago Theatre, I’m looking forward to deep dish pizza!!


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