Sarah Caraher always dreamed of performing in a major Canadian theatre production. She just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.
“This is huge,” said the 22-year-old Sarnia woman, who just landed the lead role in the world premiere of Theatre Calgary’s The Little Prince. “To be finding work this soon, right out of school, is amazing.”
Caraher, a graduate of Northern Collegiate and St. Clair College’s Music Theatre Performance program, will play the title role of the Little Prince in the adaptation by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid, set to hit the stage in January 2016.
Caraher’s passion for musical theatre started at a young age, with local theatre groups like Hidden Talents and the Nightingale Chorus, under the mentorship of Carrie Beauchamp. She also starred as Dorothy in Rebound’s 2010 production of the Wizard of Oz, and credits Northern drama teacher John Leverre with helping to hone her craft.
“I just started doing community theatre shows whenever and wherever I could. And then I went to school for it,” said Caraher, who will fly out to Calgary in December for rehearsals, and stay for the three-month run. She hopes to move to Toronto as her career continues to take off.
In the meantime, local audiences can catch her in “A Night on Broadway with Adam Hobbs,” an upcoming concert at the Sarnia Library on Oct. 15.
“This is exactly what I want to be doing – musical theatre with a Canadian show; a Canadian cast,” said Caraher. “I never would have expected such an amazing opportunity to come by for me so soon.
“I am really lucky.”