A Wonderful Life's Wonderful Wunder- Kids!!

Posted by: wbtpress on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 6:23:00 pm

We often feature talented local kids in our shows. A Wonderful Life is no exception!  In fact, these kids are truly (Westchester) Broadway Babies! Read on to learn about “The Bailey Children

Sofia Hantzaridis, (ZuZu,) is nine years old and is in 3rd grade.  She attends Washington Irving Elementary School, In Tarrytown. She loves, to draw, loves to explore nature and also plays softball and the Violin!  Sofia became interested in theatre by watching her older sister, Athena, in plays, and at vocal lessons. The girls would put on shows for their parents and they are always singing and dancing through the house! She is excited to be making her Westchester Broadway Theatre Debut!   She has appeared in shows at Washington Irving as well as with The Lighthouse Youth Theatre and at The Helen Hayes Theater. Favorite shows include; The Jungle Book, School Of Rock, Alladin and The Sound of Music

Sarah Heinzmann, (Beth) is in 7th grade at Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, CT. She has always liked being the center of attention.  Besides acting, singing and dancing, Sarah has played travel basketball for 3 years and was a cheerleader for 5 years.  Her squad on which she was a flyer and tumbler, won the American Youth Cheer National title in 2006 & 2007. Sarah fell in love with the theatre at a very young age.  The only thing she wanted for her 4th birthday was to see Cats on Broadway before it closed.  Since then, she has seen 19 Broadway musicals and numerous local and regional shows.  Her room has all of the framed posters & the tickets from the shows she has attended.  Her first performance was as the straw house pig in the Three Little Pigs in kindergarten.  Since then, Sarah had performed in many musicals and shows.  Some of her favorite roles have been Brigitta in The Sound of Music, Annie in Annie, Electra and the Jenny-Any-Dots Trio in Cats with The Lighthouse Youth Theatre.  She has a 16 year old brother, Nick, (who attends the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division and is a major Cello geek!) Her Pets include 3 dogs (Charlie, Sid & Roxie), a cat (Zach) who we found under the porch, a turtle (Carlos) and a fish named Egg (fish named Bacon and Cheese predeceased Egg).

Michael Herwitz, (Tommy) is from Irvington, he is thrilled to be back at WBT after appearing as Chip in Beauty & The  Beast Nathan in The Full Monty  and as a newsboy in Gypsy.     His interest in theatre developed from tagging along as sister, Zoe, was shuttled to singing lessons and rehearsals with youth theatre programs.  He took to the stage himself at age 6 in a revue, Salute to Broadway at Irvington Town Hall Theatre, where an agent in the audience spotted him and he was on his way!  On Broadway, He was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Dracula,The Musical.  Regional audiences saw him in The Music Man,  La Gioconda, Warsaw,   Please Don’t Eat The Dasies,  Les Miserables, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.  Michael is very focused on theatre and enjoys reading scripts, as well as dabbling as assistant director for the plays at school.  He is a seventh grader at Irvington Middle School. He and Matthew Nardozzi met when they were performing Dracula on Broadway when they were 8 years old!

Matthew Nardozzi, (Tommy) has been a professional actor since the age of six. He was recently seen in Inherit The Wind on Broadway with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. He can also be seen on the new Schoolhouse Rock dvd and in commercials. Matthew is a member of Broadway Kids Care, a philanthropic organization made up of past and present Broadway child performers. The group performs community service and charity work. Their work has enabled contributions to UNICEF, The Actors’ Home, The Secret Garden, (a safe house for women and children) and homeless shelters in New York City. Next week, Matthew will be assisting in filling stockings for the Secret Garden children and sending scarves that the group has knit to The Actors’ Home. Matthew has been a competitive swimmer since the age of six. He was regional champion in the 100 meter butterfly at nine, achieved CT. Top 16 status as well as Boys 10 and under state champions, along with his teammates, at ten. This past summer, Matthew was regional champion in the 200 meter butterfly, bringing home 8 medals in all, and again achieving state championship level swimming. Matt is secretary to the Student Council this year. He assisted with the delivery of turkeys to the less fortunate at Thanksgiving, and every Monday Matthew arrives at school an hour early to setup a hot chocolate stand for students and teachers as part of his duties.   Matt is a seventh grader at Easton Country Day School, a private school in CT. His favorite subjects are science - he's studying biology now - drama and music. He likes biking and playing the Wii with his friends. He lives with his mom, dad, big sister Nicole - who is at college most of the year - and Mimi his cat. In the summer Matt loves kayaking on the lake by his house and diving in the water.  Matthew became interested in acting and the theater when he was younger because it was a world of make believe and now it allows him to be creative. He is also very interested in architecture and loves the inside of theaters.

Sharon Rosenthal, (Beth) is delighted to be making her Westchester Broadway Theatre debut.  She has performed in Random Farms Kids Theatre and  The Missoula Children’s Theatre productions, in addition to camp and school shows.  Prior shows/roles include Beauty and the Beast (Belle), 101 Dalmatians (Cruella De Vil), and Alice in Wonderland (White Rabbit).  She also has commercial and voiceover credits.  Sharon enjoys playing the piano and drums in her spare time.  Favorite hobbies include horseback riding, flying trapeze, geocaching, and writing poetry.  If there were more time in her day, she would also like to play ice hockey.  Community service activities have included socializing puppies for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Foundation, entertaining disadvantaged youth at a local residential treatment center, and collecting much-needed supplies for local charities.  Sharon lives in Armonk with her family, a dog, and two pet rats.  She is fondly known to those who cross her path as a passionate advocate for the humane treatment of all creatures, great and small.

Sofia Singer, (ZuZu) is 7 years old.  Currently, she is in 2nd grade at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem.  Sofia Loves going to live theatre performances, especially musical theatre. She also enjoys tennis and soccer.  Anna and Kyle are her younger brother and sister who are twins, She always liked to perform before family and friends. Her first exposure to the theatre was last summer's Lighthouse Youth Arts Center production of Annie, where she played the part of one of the orphans and an apple seller. She is currently training in tap dancing and voice at the Ridgefield Academy of Performing Arts in Connecticut.

Cosmo Zappoli (Tommy) is proud to make his debut at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. He hails from Dover Plains, NY and is an eighth grade student at the Dover Middle School. Cosmo's past performances include Jafar in Aladdin Jr., White Rabbit in Alice and Wonderland Jr., Willy Wonka, the Narrator and the Candyman in Willy Wonka Jr. He has also performed in the High School production of Circ Di Cabaret. Cosmo is the president of the student council and vice squad leader in his saxophone division. He has his black belt in Ryu Renshi Dan Karate and teaches this style on a weekly basis. He is also a member of the Black Belt Fighting Team that uses hand to hand combat. He credits his Mother and Father and all his family members for his success thus far!




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