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Princess extended in NYC

June 2, 2014

By Joseph Pratt, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

June 02--Two sisters, Macy Idzakovich and Ivy Idzakovich, of Portsmouth, have been cast in a New York City off-Broadway production of "A Little Princess, the Musical." The show is a new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic, coming straight from London in this U.S. premier.

The show opened two weeks ago at the Hudson Guild Theatre, and after a sold-out run, and has since been moved to the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center for an extended run.

Featuring music and lyrics by Marc Folan and book by Adam Boden, this timeless story is adored by adults just as much as children. "A Little Princess" is the adventure of a young girl, whose courage is as big as her heart. In this riches-to-rags story, Sara Crewe loses everything she holds dear, but through it all she maintains her spirits and shows that anyone can be a princess.

The theatrical company performing the show is Kids of the Arts (KOTA) and is directed by founder Laura Luc. The company and actors have been featured in national commercials, television shows, feature films and Broadway national tours. Also--portions, if not all, proceeds from the shows go directly to dozens of charitable organizations.

"Macy and Ivy have been wonderful to work with. They are both professional and hard working, and I have no doubt they both have bright futures ahead," Luc said.

Macy Idzakovich, 25, had no idea she was auditioning for a show that her sister was being considered for. The two were most recently seen together as the leading characters in Portsmouth Little Theatre's production of "Secret Garden" in 2013. Macy moved to New York City in 2007 to pursue theatre.

Macy attended Mannes College the New School for Music and received her BA in theatre performance and is now attending Hunter College for a master's degree in theatre, with a focus in performance. Macy has been in countless productions over her career and this show is not her first off-Broadway role. Macy was most recently seen as the leading character in Hunter's performance of "Our Town." She has also been seen on television shows, such as Law and Order and Boardwalk Empire.

"The show is really great," Macy said. "I feel that it is an amazing opportunity to work with the woman who is directing and producing and I also feel it is a wonderful opportunity to work on off-Broadway again. I also like that I'm working on a show that has come directly off the stage from London and those people involved."

Macy will be playing several characters in "A Little Princess," from Miss Salyers, Miss Lewin, the beggar wife and featured ensemble. Her role as Miss Lewin is actually a role in which she will be playing mother to her younger sister, Ivy. Macy has also been given extra roles, since the move to a new theatre and will be playing a leading character during daytime matinees of the show.

"I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity and I can't wait to start and get work done," Macy said "The run went really well and I think the extension will be great. I feel like this is a chance to give the show new life. It is going to be a completely different animal. "

Ivy Idzakovich, 13, will be stepping on stage in her first ever New York show with "The Little Princess." Ivy has been involved with theatre since she could practically walk and has a history of over 6 dozen shows all over the country, from community theatre to Musical Theatre International (MTI) workshops. Idzakovich's travel schedule for the various shows is so demanding that she has elected to participate in home schooling. Outside of the many shows and workshops that Ivy participates in, she takes many dance, singing and performance classes from professionals from Ohio to New York City on a frequent basis.

Even though both sisters have had many teachers, both always attribute much of their success to local music teacher Linda Tieman, who taught Macy while she attended West High School and has also directed for and instructed Ivy outside of school for many years. Tieman has a history of producing students who go on to make careers out of performance. Notably, Jacob Tolliver, of West Portsmouth, recently received the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Las Vegas production of "Million Dollar Quartet." Tolliver was also trained by Tieman.

"I have to say that, without prejudice, Macy by far owned the stage," Tieman said. "When she walked out there, she had such a command. She is so natural and she just pulls the audience into her. My son, Clark, went with me and we both almost said it together that Macy owned the stage. Again, I say this without prejudice, but as an audience member and educator, Macy was just great. Then there was Ivy, right there in her sister's footsteps. She is just adorable and at ease. I've never seen a youngster at such ease with herself on stage like I have with Ivy. It is amazing and surreal to me that I have students on a New York stage."

Tieman made a trip to New York to see the premier of the show, while it played at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

"The show has a great storyline for a musical," Tieman said. I am absolutely thrilled that they have moved it and are continuing with it, because I honestly believe that after they work on it that it should make it. Really, it should make it. Everything about it has so much potential and I have great hope it will make something and I hope the girls are in it when it does."

Joseph Pratt can be contacted at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.


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