By Joseph Pratt
Sisters Macy and Ivy Idzakovich, of Portsmouth, have been cast in a New York City off-Broadway production of “A Little Princess, the Musical.” The show is a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic, coming straight from London in this U.S. premier.
Featuring music and lyrics by Marc Folan and book by Adam Boden, this timeless story is adored by adults just as much as children. “A Little Princess” is the adventure of a young girl, whose courage is as big as her heart. In this riches-to-rags story, Sara Crewe loses everything she holds dear, but through it all she maintains her spirits and shows that anyone can be a princess.
The theatrical company performing the show is Kids of the Arts (KOTA) and is directed by founder Laura Luc. The company and actors have been featured in national commercials, television shows, feature films and Broadway national tours. Also—portions, if not all, proceeds from the shows go directly to dozens of charitable organizations.
“Ivy attended a huge open call in New York City for child actors, and was then asked to attend the callback a few days later. Ivy was cast as the Shopkeepers Daughter, along with several parts in the Ensemble,” Director Laura Luc said. “A few weeks later, appointment auditions were held for the adult roles in the show, in which we were only looking to cast ten actors. Macy’s vocal and acting ability was a standout at the audition, as was her friendly personality. Macy is one of six adult female actors carrying the show, playing various roles. One of those roles happens to be Miss Lewin, the Shopkeeper and Mother of Ivy’s character.”
Macy Idzakovich, 25, had no idea she was auditioning for a show that her sister was being considered for.
The two had also been recently seen together as the leading characters in Portsmouth Little Theatre’s production of “Secret Garden.” Macy moved to New York City in 2007, when she decided to pursue theatre. Macy attended Mannes College the New School for Music and received her BA in theatre performance and is now attending Hunter College for a master’s degree in theatre, with a focus in performance. Macy has been in countless productions over her career and this show is not her first off-Broadway role. Macy was most recently seen as the leading character in Hunter’s performance of “Our Town.” She has also been seen on “Law and Order” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
“I like the show. The show is really great,” Macy said. “I feel that it is an amazing opportunity to work with the woman who is directing and producing and I also feel it is a wonderful opportunity to work on off-Broadway again. I also like that I’m working on a show that has come directly off the stage from London and those people involved.”
Macy will be playing several characters in “A Little Princess,” from Miss Salyers, Miss Lewin, the beggar wife and featured ensemble. Her role as Miss Lewin is actually a role in which she will be playing mother to her younger sister, Ivy.
Ivy Idzakovich, 13, will be stepping on stage in her first ever New York show with “The Little Princess.”
Ivy has been involved with theatre since she could practically walk and has a history of over 6 dozen shows all over the country, from community theatre to Musical Theatre International (MTI) workshops. Idzakovich’s travel schedule for the various shows is so demanding that she has elected to participate in home schooling. Outside of the many shows and workshops that Ivy participates in, she takes many dance, singing and performance classes from professionals from Ohio to New York City on a frequent basis.
“I am playing the shop keeper’s daughter and I really like it. My role is a lot of fun, because I am playing many different roles between the different scene changes,” Ivy explained. “I love the show. It is based on a really good book and I like how the story is about a little girl who moves to New York, because her father is in the war; it is just a really great story.”
Ivy said that she is really enjoying her time in New York and has never been busier.
“It is really different, doing theatre in New York,” Ivy said. “It is a lot faster and more demanding. I’m also constantly auditioning to different things, sometimes two to three times a day. It’s very exciting to be working so much and going from place to place as different characters. ”
Ivy said that she has been auditioning for commercials, shows and other stage productions while she is staying in New York.
Even though both sisters have had many teachers, both always attribute much of their success to local music teacher Linda Tieman, who taught Macy while she attended West High School and has also directed for and instructed Ivy outside of school for many years. Tieman has a history of producing students who go on to make careers out of performance. Notably, Jacob Tolliver, of West Portsmouth, recently received the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Las Vegas production of “Million Dollar Quartet.” Tolliver was also trained by Tieman.
The show is completely sold out and will run May 22-25 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
“Macy and Ivy have been wonderful to work with. They are both professional and hard working, and I have no doubt they both have bright futures ahead,” Luc said.
Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.