Haven Pereira begins rehearsals next week for the biggest role of her rising career in the dramatic arts.
Pereira, a 10-year-old, fourth grade student at the Cummings Elementary School, was selected to perform the role of young Fiona in the North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) production of Shrek The Musical that opens July 7 in Beverly.
Haven’s role will include a solo performance of “I Know It’s Today.”
She auditioned for the show in March, singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Haven felt she nailed the audition but the phone call from the director wouldn’t come for a few weeks.
“I was so excited when I found out I had the part,” said Haven, who last appeared at NSMT as Marta von Trapp in the “Sound of Music.” “I can’t wait to start rehearsing.”
Haven has seen the movie, “Shrek” and viewed “Shrek the Musical” on Netflix.
Most recently, Haven performed with the Friends of Broadway group in Sudbury. She also performed with Boston Children Theater in the winter.
Haven has also received multiple callbacks for roles in Broadway productions in New York City. Broadway is considered the mecca of musical theater.
Haven, who impressed Winthrop fans with her crystal clear singing of the National Anthem at State Tournament girls basketball games (including one at the TD Garden), continues to take voice lessons with coach Sarah Martelli at Trudy Macero’s Winthrop School of Performing Arts (WSPA). She also has a New York City-based voice coach, Douglas Jabara.
Supt. of Schools John Macero, whose
wife owns and operates WSPA, said he was proud of the Winthrop elementary school student.
“I’m proud of Haven Pereira – she has a lot of talent,” said Macero. “I will tell you that my wife is proud of her accomplishments as well. Haven showcases our school system very well. She did a great job singing the National Anthem at basketball games.” Haven, daughter of Steven and Heather Pereira, thanked her grandparents, Ron and Peggy Vecchia, her uncles and aunts, and cousins for their continued support.