In New Jersey, A Student And Her Service Dog Are Starring In "The Wizard of Oz"

Erin Bischoff and her service dogImage courtesy of Erin Bischoff / Facebook

Bischoff is fulfilling the role of Dorothy while using her wheelchair. Bischoff’s service dog will play Toto.

NBC reports that a New Jersey high school student and her service dog are starring in her high school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Erin Bischoff, a senior at Hasbrouck Heights High School, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta. Due to her disease, she uses a wheelchair. Yet, her disease doesn’t stop her from being the star in “The Wizard of Oz.” Bischoff will play Dorothy and her service dog will play Toto.

At the show’s dress rehearsal, one audience member called the show “absolutely inspirational.”

This will be Erin’s first lead role, but she says it “isn’t really a big deal at all.”

"It’s just like any other student who’s going out there," she said. "It’s more about acceptance — you just treat everyone the same. There’s really no differences."

The principal of the high school, Linda Simmons, applauded Bischoff’s performance.

"You talk about true grit? She has grit, in every bone of her body, she really does, and she’s a strong young woman," Simmons said.

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