Local young actor joins Broadway production
Mostly, he is thrilled because he is opening tonight as Kurt in Western Nevada Musical Theater Company’s “The Sound of Music.” But young Cade Ball has much more exciting news on the horizon. He has just been selected by Disney to play the leading role of Michael in the Broadway tour of “Mary Poppins.”
The 9-year-old student from Gardnerville Elemen-
tary School will pack his bags this July and spend six months traveling the East Coast, playing in such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
“It is incredible,” said his mother, Sabrina Ball, who works in the Douglas County School District. “It is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him.”
Cade shared his good news with “The Sound of Music” cast at rehearsal Thursday night and was greeted with cheers and ovations.
“I am very excited for him,” said director Stephanie Arrigotti. “First, I’m excited because I was so blown away by ‘Mary Poppins’ on Broadway that I flew back to see it twice. It is an absolutely amazing production – what an honor to be selected for it.
“Second, I’m thrilled because Cade has extraordinary talent. He is a sensitive actor, a great little singer, funny and spontaneous. He has Broadway written all over him. How perfect is it that the casting directors picked him.”
Cade auditioned for the role at Debbie Reynolds Studios in Los Angeles about three months ago and was called back the next day. The family was told about three weeks ago that he was being seriously considered for the role. Then they received the big call this week.
Sabrina Ball faced the decision of leaving her job to take Cade on tour. Unable legally to take a leave of absence, she faces unemployment after the tour.
“I couldn’t refuse, though,” she said. “We just couldn’t turn this down.”
Cade’s father can’t leave his job to join his family on the tour, another concern for all of them.
The children on the national tour have their own instructors so they can keep up with schoolwork. The family is provided with living accommodations and cost of living expenses, in addition to a weekly equity salary.
Cade will tour the East Coast for six months. Full details are at Disney.com under the “Mary Poppins” tour. After six months, he might be re-signed for the West Coast tour.
When his mother asked him if they should pack up for “Mary Poppins,” he gave his usual vivacious smile and said, “Mommy, I can’t pass this up. This will be the adventure of a lifetime. I have to do this.”
“But right now, I’m really excited about ‘The Sound of Music,'” he added. “I can’t wait to do this show!”