Julia is short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way.
As Julia becomes friendly with the poised, wise Olive – one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s crew of Munchkins – and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background, and it’s a good thing because her director has more big plans for Julia.
It would probably get annoying being short at times. Like not being able to get something from the top shelf or being too short to ride a roller coaster, or not being able to see over the dashboard, but it doesn’t seem like the worse thing in the world. But this story really isn’t about being short. It’s more of a side plot. The real story is how the theatre changes Julia’s life.