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There’s no place like home for ‘Wizard of Oz’ star

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Dorothy, played by Hannah Roberts, takes the stage at the start of a run of “The Wizard of Oz,” the 59th annual Zilker summer musical presented by Zilker Theater Productions. TAMIR KALIFA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

When she was 10 years old, Hannah Roberts stepped onto the stage at the Zilker Hillside Theater and looked out into the crowd.

The native Austinite didn’t really know what a musical was when her mom suggested she audition for the part of Amaryllis in “The Music Man,” but after a summer of playing her, Roberts was certain: The stage was where she was meant to be.

This summer, she’s stepping onto that same stage again, but now she’s doing it in ruby slippers — she’s Dorothy in this year’s Zilker Summer Musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”

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