Local High School Student 'Parades' Her Talent in Broadway Debut
“For most performing arts enthusiasts, being able to take part in a Broadway production can be considered a distant dream, for an up-and-coming actor. For a local high school student and former Creative Cauldron performer, this dream is currently a reality.”
FCPS student lives out dream with Broadway debut in ‘Parade’ revival
“Sophia Manicone has come a long way from her “Vienna Idol” days. The 18-year-old Vienna resident recently realized the dream of every theater kid with her Broadway debut in the revival of “Parade,” which officially opened yesterday (Thursday) at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City.”
Manicone makes New York City stage debut
"Madison’s very own Sophia Manicone (’23) recently starred in an Off-Broadway production of “Parade” this November at the New York City Center."
“My favorite part about working with those incredible people was seeing how kind they are,” Manicone said. “It was so inspiring to see that these people found success with grace and a positive spirit. It was really cool seeing that they are just normal people too!”
The Hylton is alive with ‘The Sound of Music’ and top-tier acting (review)
"...credit to how convincingly Sophia Manicone plays Liesl — she performs the character with such thorough innocence and naivete ... Manicone plays a major role in helping convey in the story more broadly ... that one feels truly anxious for her knowing what her love interest Rolf...is about to become."
‘Sister Act’ at Prince William Little Theatre makes a joyful noise (review)
"The Life I Never Led” portrays one of the strongest aspects of character storytelling in the show. Kudos must be given to Sophia Manicone, who knocks it out of the park not just vocally, but with a clear sense of purpose and development for the character of Postulate Mary Robert."
Theatre Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ at Reston Community Players (review)
"The Diary of Anne Frank has returned to the stage in a touching production, grounded by a remarkable performance by one of our area’s exciting, young talents in the title role...
Manicone’s performance of Anne is a revelation."
Reston Community Players delivers a powerful ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (review)
"Manicone embodies this journey beautifully, conveying the maturity and personal transformation that she experiences as a young teenager and taking Anne from a precocious 13-year-old to a vivacious young woman by the end of the play."
New musical Kaleidoscope gets stunning debut with Florence Lacey in the lead (review)
As strong as the Smith and Conner’s writing and direction are, the all female cast is impeccable. Young Sophia Manicone, who earlier in the Creative Cauldron season tore up the stage as the homicidal child star in Ruthless, brings maturity and depth beyond her years to her dual roles as young Evelyn and the aging star’s granddaughter.
Ruthless! – a poisoned parody of musicals brimming with talent at Creative Cauldron (review)
Tina, played to perfection by local sixth grader Sophia Manicone. The smile, the toe-tapping timing, the big voice – this kid’s a winner on all counts. Manicone also nails the comic tone of the piece, never losing her strong character as the wannabe star willing to kill for a part. Tina is a juicy (and somewhat naughty) role and Manicone handles herself like a professional.
Katie McManus is chirpy homemaker Judy Denmark, whose daughter Tina (a winningly ambitious Sophie Manicone) hops up onto the living-room coffee table to belt “Born to Entertain.” “How ya doin’?” Manicone winks to a man in the front row during the song. Acting like an old vaudeville pro, she adds, ‘It’s a rhetorical question.”
Theatre Review: ‘Witch’ at Creative Cauldron
The young women of the cast demonstrate abilities well beyond their years, delivering superb performances that incorporate humor, honesty, and sensitivity. Arianna Vargas (Marie), Sophia Manicone (Fiona), and Samaria Dellorso (Mary) shine in their group number, “Pretty/The Tale of Youth.”
“Kaleidoscope,” An Intriguing Musical Tale of Alzheimer’s and a Life Well Lived
A first-rate four-woman cast (one of them a very bright, engaging young girl, Sophia Manicone) brings this story to vibrant life. ... Also, a big wow is how I suspect most of the audience felt about 12 year old Sophia Manicone, a mini-Evelyn Thorne playing Child! She has a vibrant voice and demeanor far beyond her years and portrays the young Evelyn to perfection and very believably, too.
Review: Charlotte’s Web casts its spell at Creative Cauldron
Manicone is also a great Fern, going easily from child to pre-teen during the show, singing “Mama You Don’t Understand Me,” with her mother (Izzy Smelkinson) about how she’ll never change (i.e., take notice of boys) only to find herself in her first courtship while perusing the fair.