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A feature article about Ava Della Pietra by Ramona Maben - December/January 2017
"The understudies I saw in a number of roles rocked out just as well as the stars, especially young Ava Della Pietra who captured the audience’s heart with Katie’s bass face." - Lauren Yarger, Journal Inquirer
Way To Go! Ava Della Pietra by Michael R. Ebert, November 2014
Ava Della Pietra may only be 9, but she is no stranger to the stage and footlights. The fourth grader at W.S. Mount Elementary School in Stony Brook is in the midst of a six-city national tour of Irving Berlin's "WHITE CHRISTMAS," a musical based on the 1954 film.
Ava's achievement follows at 27 city national tour last year for the 25th anniversary tour of "LES MISÉRABLES " in which she played Little Cosette and Young Éponine. "Ever since I was 3 years old, I knew I wanted to be on stage," Ava said. Of her love of stage performance, she said: " I like the idea of making everyone in the audience happy."
In "WHITE CHRISTMAS", Ava is playing the role of Susan Waverly, who is the general's daughter. She is being tutored by a wrangler on tour. The show, which kicked off last week and ends in January, includes stops in Boston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Peoria, Illinois and New Haven, Connecticut. The tour is coordinated by New Jersey based Work Light Productions. Locally, Ava has performed with the Performing Arts Studio of New York in Port Jefferson and Productions Over the Rainbow in Holbrook. She was featured earlier this year at the World Science Festival Gala in Manhattan.
THREE VILLAGE FOURTH GRADER AVA DELLA PIETRA TO PERFORM IN NATIONAL TOUR OF WHITE CHRISTMAS
Ava is no stranger to the lights of the big stage by Ryan Bonner, October 22, 2014
W.S. Mount Elementary School fourth-grader Ava Della Pietra will soon see her name in lights as she has been cast in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s “WHITE CHRISTMAS.” Ava will be appearing as Susan Waverly in the stage adaption of the beloved classic film. In this dramatic role, she will perform a solo song and work with the entire cast to help tell the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. The tour will be traveling to Peoria, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Boston and New Haven during the 2014 holiday season. Performing on the national stage is not something new to Ava, as she traveled to 27 cities in the role of Little Cosette in the 2013 national tour of “LES MISÉRABLES.” Ava studies with Michael Livering of the Performing Arts Studio in Port Jefferson.
SETAUKET STUDENT RETURNS FROM NATIONAL "LES MISERABLES" TOUR
So many little girls who grow up loving musical theater aspire to be on stage themselves some day, and for Ava Della Pietra, that dream has already come true.The eight-year-old Setauket Elementary student recently returned from traveling the country with the 25th anniversary national tour of "LES MISÉRABLES," which visited 32 cities in the U.S. since December of 2012. She got to perform the role of Little Cosette, singing the song "Castle on a Cloud" in front of audiences that often numbered more than 2,000. "It's a beautiful show," she said. "It has beautiful music. There's a lot of feelings in the show." One of five young actors in the production, Ava said she never got stage fright and was only a little bit nervous at her audition. "Once I heard the music, I felt really comfortable," she said.Not only did Ava say she met some of the nicest people she'd ever met while on tour, but she said she also learned a lot from the professionals around her. In between shows and schoolwork, she had the chance to take violin lessons, piano lessons, tap lessons and acting lessons from the actors and musicians with whom she performed. Ava said she also learned a very important lesson about the theater business."It takes patience to be an actor," she said. On a typical day on the tour, Ava said she would wake up at 10 a.m., eat breakfast and then be at the theater group's school by 11 a.m. She worked with a tutor for four hours per day, then had to eat dinner quickly before the curtain call. The shows would often end very late."Then I would read a book and go to bed," she said. Michael O'Donnell, resident director of the 25th anniversary tour of "LES MISÉRABLES," was responsible for teaching roles to new actors, including Ava. He said she made his job very easy by following directions well. "I learned rather quickly that Ava was beyond her years in many ways," O'Donnell said in an email to Patch. "Not only is she a very talented violinist, she is also a top notch quick study. She came to her first day of rehearsal as prepared as any professional actor I have worked with." For now, Ava is looking forward to going back to school at Setauket Elementary, where her favorite subjects are math and science. She said she is excited for the annual lip synch talent show, which she missed this past year while on tour with "LES MISÉRABLES."Ava's parents, Pam and Stephen, traveled with her on much of the tour, while her nanny, Linda Darcy, and her paternal grandparents also traveled with her to some of the cities. Pam Della Pietra called it "a remarkable experience." "There’s a lot of people we feel very thankful to in the production," she said. "I’m glad it was such a positive experience for Ava and we look forward to her continuing in the field as long as she would like to."
UPDATES BREATHE NEW LIFE INFO LES MISERABLES
A Review from the Davis Enterprise Posted by Bev Sykes,Tuesday, August 13, 2013
There is an old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It was with that in mind that I approached Cameron Mackintosh’s “new and improved” 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schonberg’s “Les Miserables,” the final show of California Musical Theatre’s Broadway series at the Sacramento Community Theater. “Les Mis” has long been one of my favorite musicals and I was skeptical of any rewrites or changes. I need not have worried. The look is new (designed by Matt Kinley); the musical orchestrations (originally by John Cameron) have been updated by Christopher Jahnke; and certain plot elements have been tweaked by James Fenton. But the story is all there and the emotional punch may be even bigger for the changes. (read more)
CAMERON McINTOSH's New 25th Anniversary Production of LES MISÉRABLES Runs at the Orpheum Theatre July 30-August 4
MINNEAPOLIS—LES MISÉRABLES, Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of the world’s longest running musical, runs at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis for one week only, July 30-August 4, 2013. Featuring glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, Boublil and Schönberg’s sweeping epic is presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust as a special addition to its 2013/14 Broadway Across America-Minneapolis Season. This return engagement follows a very successful Minnesota debut at the Orpheum in December 2011. Peter Lockyer portrays the fugitive Jean Valjean. He is joined by Andrew Varela as Javert, Timothy Gulan as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Genevieve Leclerc as Fantine, Jason Forbach as Enjolras, Briana Carlson-Goodman as Éponine, Devin Ilaw as Marius and Lauren Wiley as Cosette. Erin Cearlock and Ava Della Pietra alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine. Gaten Matarazzo and Julia Silva alternate in the role of Gavroche.
by JENNIFER BARON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 09, 2013
Whether you prefer the original in print -- Victor Hugo's groundbreaking French historical novel first published in 1862 -- or you are looking forward to seeing the brand new film adaption starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, you're not going to want to miss the chance to experience the Pittsburgh premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of LES MISÉRABLES.
Portraying the central figure, the fugitive Jean Valjean, is actor Peter Lockyer. He is joined by Andrew Varela as Javert, Timothy Gulan as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Genevieve Leclerc as Fantine, Jason Forbach as Enjolras, Briana Carlson-Goodman as Éponine, Devin Ilaw as Marius, Lauren Wiley as Cosette, and a talented ensemble cast. Erin Cearlock and Ava Della Pietra alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine, while Joshua Colley and Hayden Wall alternate in the role of Gavroche.
Ava's NEWS 12 interview about her booking a role in the LES MIS tour.