Make-A-Wish Week

STARTS 12/16/2014 Goodman Theatre
Welcome Sophia

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Goodman Theatre is proud to grant Make-A-Wish® beneficiary Sophia Ferazza's wish to appear in a professional theatrical production. A budding "triple-threat" (actor/singer/dancer) from University Place, Washington, Ferazza was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life threatening medical condition. In her first-ever trip to Chicago, the 18-year-old Ferazza will experience hands-on professional theater training opportunities December 16-19.

Her experience culminates on stage—first as a cameo in the December 17 performance of Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!, The Second City’s holiday send-up in the Goodman's Owen Theatre, and as multiple roles in two performances of A Christmas Carol on December 18 and 19 in the Goodman's mainstage Albert Theatre.

Ferazza's Goodman Theatre Make-A-Wish experience will also include: 

  • Rehearsal with the cast of A Christmas Carol under director Henry Wishcamper
  • Professional headshot photo shoot with Brian McConkey Photography
  • Sessions with the Goodman’s casting team and Paskal Rudnicke Casting
  • Movement and music workshops
  • Improv workshop with The Second City Training Center. 


Goodman Theatre and Make-A-Wish

Ferazza’s appearance marks the 8th year in which the Goodman has partnered with Make-A-Wish Illinois®—but its first time granting a wish and deepening the beneficiary's experience beyond a one-night-only appearance. Previous years’partnerships were considered "wish enhancements," in which the Goodman brightened the lives of local wish children through a walk-on role in A Christmas Carol coupled with a sports hero or local celebrity.

“We are excited to welcome Sophia and her family to Chicago," said Roche Schulfer, the Goodman's Executive Director who established A Christmas Carol as an annual event in 1978. "Our cast counts our annual Make-A-Wish Night among the most special, meaningful annual traditions, and we’re proud to enhance the experience for Sophia."

The Goodman’s partnership with Make-A-Wish Illinois began in 2007, inspired by the themes of goodwill in A Christmas Carol and the holiday season. Previous years' appearances have featured:

2013 – Kenneth Schumacher (Lemont, age 17) with retired Chicago Bears linebacker #54 Brian Urlacher
2012 – La’Ren Kimble (Rockford, age 8) with Special Advisor to the President and C.O.O. Chicago Bulls Scottie Pippen
2011 – Emily Beazley (Chicago, age 11) with Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura
2010 – Charles Finch (Markham, age 13) with Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador and Hall of Famer Bobby Hull
2009 – Maria Stavropoulos (Frankfort, age 17) with NBC-5’s LeeAnn Trotter
2008 – Emma Cohen (Evanston, age 17) with WGN-9’s Dean Richards
2007 – Michael Urbanik (Orland Park, age 21) with WGN-9’s Dean RichardsGoodman Theatre Grants Make-A-Wish Beneficiary Sophia Ferazza’s Wish to Appear in a Theatrical Production

Now in its 29th year, Make-A-Wish Illinois continues to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 12,000 wishes to children across Illinois.