Photo: Maggie Madziarczyk “gets a lift” as cast members look on in Fox Valley Repertory’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play” at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Maggie is a 9-year-old 4th-grader at John Shields in Sugar Grove. She will be playing the roles of ZuZu and Mary Alice Dittmeier. There are 19 performances between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Courtesy Photo
Sugar Grove 9-year-old performs now through Christmas Eve
by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—Jennifer Madziarczyk says her daughter Maggie, 9, was born singing. Starting just two years ago, the Kaneland John Shields Elementary fourth-grader has put that talent to good use performing in everything from “Wizard of Oz” to “Sleeping Beauty” to “Cinderella”; and now “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” at Fox Valley Repertory Theatre in St. Charles.
“She was born singing. From the day she was born, it was sing, sing, sing,” Jennifer said. “The second she set foot on the stage, it was done. It is something she is meant to do.”
With 18 performances left to go before the show closes on Dec. 24, Maggie looks forward to not only being on stage, but to making new friends.
“It’s a really good experience. I get to meet new people and make new friends. I get into the mood where I’m happy inside,” Maggie said. “Once you have a bigger audience, you get used to it instead of being scared.”
Maggie plays two roles, Mary Alice Dittmeier and ZuZu, and sings in the show. She said opening night went very well with an almost full house. This week she will perform two shows on Thursday, and one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With so many performances, the family has to make accommodations.
“It’s very hectic. But we’re used to it. We have four kids,” Jennifer said.
Maggie was inspired to audition after seeing her older brother Connor, 15, act on stage. The brother and sister then performed together in “Wizard of Oz.” She hopes to find another show to do over the summer. Her mom is right there beside her.
“My husband and I both love the arts. At first we weren’t sure what was going to happen. Would she be scared?” Jennifer said. “But she just shines on stage. I feel pride in her every time. It’s amazing how comfortable someone that age can be on stage. It’s great to see her improve every time she performs.”
‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’
Presented by Fox Valley Repertory Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort,
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
Now through Dec. 24
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. • Saturdays at 4:30 and 8 p.m. • Sundays at 2 p.m.
Select Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Box Office (630) 584-6342