North Texas native following Yellow Brick Road back home!

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Kaley Were

Hey, y’all! This is Kaley Were, ensemble member of the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz, coming to Bass Hall June 7 – 12. I’m so excited to share a little bit about me and my journey down the Yellow Brick Road as I travel home to Texas next month!

I grew up in Allen, Texas, and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre last May, so I cannot wait to be back in the good ol’ South for the last leg of the tour as we travel through Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

Growing up in the North Texas area, I used to see shows at Bass Performance Hall and dream about being up on that stage, and I feel so lucky to be living out that dream on this tour!

As a member of the ensemble, I have what I think is one of the coolest jobs in the show – I get to travel along the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy as a munchkin, a glamorous citizen of Oz, a soldier-like Winkie, and much more!

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I get to wear so many gorgeous costumes throughout the show. Here’s my favorite, a bejeweled skirt and corset I wear in the Emerald City scene.

Transforming myself into so many different characters and getting to dance and sing in so many different styles forces me to stay present in every moment of the show, and keeps my job thrilling every evening!

I also have the honor of understudying two principal characters – Aunt Em, played by Canada native Emmanuelle Zeesman and Glinda, played by fellow Texan and my dear friend, Rachel Womble.

I am so lucky to have so many fellow Texans on the road with me, and getting to spend time with and learn from Rachel is no exception!

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Here I am in full Glinda garb for a dress rehearsal in Denver.

Being on the road and living out of a suitcase definitely has it’s challenges, but being surrounded by so many loving and supportive people has made this journey an incredibly special one. I cannot wait to bring this magical show home to the North Texas area. Every night that I get to perform,  I am reminded that there truly is no place like home! I hope to see you there in June!

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