For 18-year-old Sophia Ferazza, this holiday season will be one she will long remember. The teen “triple-threat” — as a singer, actor and dancer — who makes her home in near Tacoma, Washington, will get her wish fulfilled to appear in a professional theatrical production. It’s all thanks to Chicago’s Goodman Theatre teaming up with the good folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ferazza, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening medical condition that makes her eligible for Make-A-Wish, has traveled to Chicago for the first time for some great hands-on theater training this week. That includes a rehearsal with the cast of “A Christmas Carol,” under the direction of Henry Wishcamper, sitting for a professional photo shoot with Brian McConkey Photography, sessions with the Goodman’s casting team and Paskal Rudnicke Casting, movement and music workshops, and an improv workshop with the Second City Training Center.
All of that will culminate with Ferazza appearing in a cameo in the Wednesday night performance of “Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!” — Second City’s holiday show in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. She also will be seen in multiple roles in two performances of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday and Friday in the Goodman’s mainstage Albert Theatre.