By Andrew Wroblewski
Coming to you from Omaha, Neb., Melville’s Sarah Gavilla is proud to announce that she’s doing just swell performing in the national tour of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”
“To be on stage, it was just more exciting to me than it was making me nervous,” Gavilla, 14, said of her first performance as Clara in “The Nutcracker” portion of the spectacular on Nov. 13. “The Rockettes have been great; they’ve been so supportive and congratulated me afterwards.”
As Clara, Gavilla performs in the opening act of the show. She has previously performed the role with Huntington Station’s North Shore Studio of Dance and the Eglevsky Ballet in Bethpage.
Now, in the “Christmas Spectacular,” Gavilla is also featured in the nativity scene of the production. Her mother, Christine Gavilla, said Sarah was also asked to sing with the ensemble as a part of the closing number.
“This was terrific news for us as Sarah has been taking vocal lessons for several years and is also a part of the St. Anthony’s High School chorus,” Christine said. Her daughter is a freshman at the South Huntington Catholic high school.
On stage, Christine said, Sarah was calm, cool and collected – her mother, on the other hand, was a bit more anxious.
“When she performed I pretty much didn’t breathe the entire time… I was in awe,” Christine said. “Then I started to well up in tears; she was so beautiful up there.”
On stage at the Orpheum Theater until Nov. 30, the mother-daughter duo will then move on to Houston, Texas from Dec. 5-Dec. 28 as the national tour takes the stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
“It’s really crazy to be up on a stage like this since I’ve done Clara before and I know what to expect in the dancing and acting, but there are so many more people than I’m used to,” Sarah said. “But when I got up there everyone in the audience was smiling… It was so much fun and I’m hoping for the same experience during the next shows.”