17-year-old Erin Bischoff, who performs Dorothy in Hasbrouck Heights Excessive College’s manufacturing of “The Wizard of Oz, sings proudly on stage. The one distinction between her and others who’ve performed the long-lasting character? She’s in a wheelchair.
Miss Bischoff, a senior, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, generally known as “brittle bone illness.” Primarily, this genetic situation causes one’s bones to interrupt simply. Regardless of this, she makes the perfect of issues. She’s been performing since she was in sixth grade. That is the primary time she’s performed a number one function.
“I used to be extra anticipating like a secondary function,” she says. “I used to be not anticipating a lead. That had not occurred earlier than.”
Erin wasn’t alone on-stage, her service canine, Gauge, stayed by her aspect the whole time. The golden retriever has accompanied her for practically all of her performances throughout her highschool profession. In all of their earlier reveals, Gauge was not written into the story as a personality, however that’s totally different for this time, as a result of he’s enjoying Toto.
Audiences are loving the varsity’s performances of the “The Wizard of Oz” to date. Those that know Erin are adamant that she’s a troublesome, dedicated younger lady. Paula Jacobs, the director of present, had nothing however reward for the younger actress.
“Her tenacity within the face of adversity is such an vital a part of who Erin is as an individual…It’s one thing, together together with her sweetness and innocence, that’s extraordinarily vital for somebody enjoying the function of Dorothy.”
Regardless of all of this, Erin retains a stage head. She doesn’t see herself as any totally different than her friends.
“It’s similar to another pupil who’s going on the market,” she mentioned. “It’s extra about acceptance — you simply deal with everybody the identical. There’s actually no variations.”
We hope we’ll be listening to extra about Erin sooner or later, she would possibly simply see her title in lights in the future!
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