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North Shore natives Isabelle Roberts (Glencoe) and Brady Tutton (Evanston), both sixth graders, will play Brigitta and Friedrich, respectively, in the Lyric Opera’s The Sound of Music. We caught up with Isabelle and Brady as they prepare for the upcoming shows, which will run April 25 through May 25.
The Drinks: Hot chocolate for Isabelle, caramel steamer for Brady
The Places: Glencoe Roast and Starbucks in Wilmette
When did you become interested in singing and acting?
Isabelle Roberts: In first grade, my mom signed me up for a singing class, and the first day I learned how to sing “Everybody Wants to be a Cat.” And, on the final day, we had a recital and I had stage fright. But now I’m going to be on the Lyric Opera stage—which has a lot more seats!
Brady Tutton: My oldest brother, Ryan, played Oliver in Oliver! the musical when he was nine. My sister also wanted to do it, and I thought it was kind of cool—so almost our whole family jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve been doing it since then, and I love it. My mom is also a singer, and my dad, who is a doctor, sings and acts a little bit. An actor with health insurance—imagine that!
What shows have you been in?
IR: I was in The Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater, Pippin at the Music Theatre Company [in Highland Park], Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (where I was an understudy), Annie at the Wilmette Theatre, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Broadway in Chicago, and Shrek at Northwestern.
BT: I do a lot of TV and film. I just booked an ABC Family pilot called Far East Orlando that I’m going out to California to shoot. I was also in an episode of Chicago Fire—it was a few scenes, and I played a kid who had lost his friend. For theater, I played Michael in Mary Poppins [at the Marriott Lincolnshire], Oliver [in Drury Lane’s Oliver! production], and Kurt in The Sound of Music at the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee.
What’s the best part of being in a musical?
IR: I love being on stage, and feeling the excitement of the whole audience watching you. And I just love to sing, dance, and act. But I really like getting to know the cast, because you know that you might see them in another show you’re in.
How did you feel when you got your part in The Sound of Music?
BT: I love the show, so I was ecstatic. I’d never been to the Lyric, and when I saw the theater, I couldn’t speak for an hour—it was crazy!
What do you like about the North Shore?
IR: It’s a great community. My friends and I like to go to Little Red Hen in Glencoe after school or in the summer to get ice cream. And there’s a ton of nice people here.
BT: Everyone here is so nice! If they see you in the street, they’ll stop you and say something really nice. It’s just a great atmosphere.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
IR: An actress. I would mostly like to do theater, but I would like to be in a movie or two—who wouldn’t?
BT: And I want to be an actor, either in theater or on TV. I really enjoy that. But it would be cool to be a lawyer, too.
—Jenna Schubert // Photography by Jim Prisching