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Children have to live out their own dreams: Sam Viverito

November 27
22:46 2013
Sam Viverito

Sam Viverito

FREMONT, CA: ‘Angelina Ballerina the Musical’ show in Santa Cruz is the finale of a three year run with limited US tour. The show is absolutely riveting for kids!

In this exclusive interview, Sam Viverito, director and choreographer for the show, talks about himself and the show:

How did you get your start, and how did you end up directing/choreographing?
I have been dancing from 11 years old. I did my schooling in New York and have been directing and choreographing for about 28 years.

Who or what are your biggest sources of inspiration?
My dance teacher Beverly Fletcher was my biggest source of inspiration. She was a like a motherly figure to me and I used to dance 52 hours/week when I was in college. I have performed in South Korea, Bali, Hawaii, South Africa.

What has been your favorite part in the musical?
It is a fun show with a warm message conveyed to the kids of age 3-11. Kids have shorter attention span and it is a show which keeps their attention with right blend of teaching and dancing. It is a first time theater experience for most of the kids of age 3-11.

tn-500_ang1.jpg.pagespeed.cWhat do you think makes children identify with Angelina?
Children identify with her because she’s very recognizable to them. She has such big emotions; she gets in little scrapes and difficulties she has to figure out how to get out of; she has to apologize; she has to deal with the adult world and all these issues about will she ever be able to dance like a real ballerina. I think children have these big aspirations and dreams, but that doesn’t mean they have to be a prima ballerina. They have to experience their own dreams and live them out. I hope it’s inspiring to children that way.

Why is it important for families to get out and experience Angelina Ballerina the Musical?
It is important for the parents to introduce their children to lot of new things and this theatre experience is one such.
Obviously the actor that plays Angelina has to be very talented with singing, dancing, and acting.

How big is the competition to win the major role?
Auditions happen in New York and they are asked to sing, dance, read and act. The character should be cute, sweet, nice personality and who can relate to the kids at a personal level.

In future will there be more Angelina or is there another character you’re interested in?
Yes, interested in doing the Angelina series. I have few performances based on children books.

What advice would you give to new artists?
The artist should be brave, constantly study and have good communication skills.

Vidya Sethuraman
India Post News Service

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