Young Aspen actress pursues Broadway dream
December 1, 2011
ASPEN – A young thespian from Aspen landed a callback in New York City for one of Broadway’s most timeless productions, “Annie.”
Sophie Schlosser, 10, earned consideration for a part in the play after submitting a video audition and competing against thousands of other girls.
“Mom, do you want to know on a scale from one to 100 how I think I did today? Ninety-nine point nine,” Sophie said after her audition in New York.
Schlosser most recently played the role of Molly in Theatre Aspen’s summer production of “Annie” and will play the same character again in the winter production opening Dec. 16 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.
“Anytime someone asks you for more – in this case, a callback based on her initial video – an actress of any age will whoop with joy,” said Paige Price, Theatre Aspen’s artistic director.
Sophie and her family learned only nine days before her Nov. 15 callback that she was wanted to audition in person. Her audition took place in front of three-time Tony Award-winning director James Lapine, along with the producers, the musical director and two casting directors.
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“When they called me, I thought she was going to be with several other kids in a room in front of casting directors,” said Kimberly Schlosser, Sophie’s mother. “When they told me who she was going to be in front of, my nerves started going crazy.”
Sophie said that in her audition she sang “Take Back Your Mink” from the musical “Guys and Dolls” and also ran scenes from “Annie.”
Kimberly Schlosser said that they will not know until after February if Sophie will be cast in the Broadway show. Sophie is under consideration to portray an orphan in the play – much like her role in Theatre Aspen’s production.
“They have to wait until they cast Annie because they cast the orphans around Annie,” Kimberly Schlosser said. “We have to wait until the spring, which is fine with us.”
Kimberly Schlosser said they haven’t considered what they would do if Sophie were to land a part on Broadway.
“If she got offered a role on Broadway we would definitely figure out a way to make it work,” Kimberly Schlosser said.
“My brother and sister told me that they’d be willing to move to New York,” Sophie said.
The Schlosser family has lived in Aspen full time for 2 1/2 years since moving from Austin, Texas. Sophie has been involved with Theatre Aspen since she was 5 years old. She said she wants to be an actress when she grows up and developed a passion for theater from her mom.
“I was extremely nervous. I was a wreck from the moment I got the phone call to the moment her audition was finally over,” Kimberly Schlosser said. “It was a very exhilarating experience.”