Italian exchange student lands roles in local musical

For Susanna Giancristofaro, the stage feels like a second home.

With a mother who is an actress, the Torino, Italy, native often found herself around studio sets.

As an exchange student at Seymour High School this semester, the 16-year-old hasn’t strayed away from her roots.

Besides taking a theater class at school, she recently auditioned for the Jackson County Young Artists’ Theatre production of “I Believe in Make Believe” and landed two roles.

The audition process was new territory, but she said she’s glad she chose to go for it.

“I was pretty nervous because I had never done it, so I had no idea how to do it, how it worked,” she said. “But I felt pretty good, actually, because I had my monologue memorized, and I was really prepared for it.”

Three days later, she was excited to learn she landed parts as the shoemaker’s wife in “The Elves and the Shoemaker” portion of the musical and the mother in “Simon Simpleton.”

“They said I got the parts, and I was really happy,” she said.

The musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and again at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15, all at Royal-Off-the-Square Theatre in Brownstown.

Twenty-eight boys and girls ages 7 to 18 make up the cast, and three serve as the backstage crew and chorus members.

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