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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - She has had a dream of singing, dancing and acting on stage ever since she was a tiny girl. Sixth generation Texan Julie Johnson remembers sitting inside the massive Music Hall at Fair Park when she was just 3 years old. Carol Burnett was starring on stage in “Calamity Jane” and Julie said that she recalls thinking, “That’s what I want to do someday.”

Flash forward to current day and Julie is doing just that! The talented actor has appeared in many productions in North Texas, New York City and around the country, but this month her childhood dream came true as she took to the stage to star in the Dallas Summer Musical’s current show “Memphis,” currently at the Music Hall.

She told me that she actually teared up in the cast’s first rehearsal. They were confused as to why she seemed sad, but she said that they were tears of joy when she remembered that little girl sitting mesmerized in the big theater so many years ago. And now she was front and center on the big stage that had inspired her. Dreams do come true!

Johnson is also well-known and loved for her famous voice work! She is the sweet, girly voice of Baby Bop — the little green dinosaur on the popular “Barney” TV series. The show spawned such teen stars as native Texans Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, and Julie said that he is very proud of her work on the long-running series that has entertained millions of children around the world for over a decade.

“Memphis” continues at the Music Hall at Fair Park through Sunday, May 27.

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