Bravo to Julian Silva! The Music Showcase student is preparing to tour with a musical theatre company that will perform across the country and in Canada. 9-year-old Julian Silva of Plant City will be playing the role of Gavroche in the musical “Les Miserables” with NETworks Presentations. Silva will leave February 9 to rehearse with the group and then will take to the stage for the first time at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on March 5-10th. The tour will also be performing in Canada in the summer.
Silva stared singing opera at the age of 5 and then started taking singing lessons at Music Showcase in Brandon in 2009. The following year, he played Aladdin in the production of “Aladdin KIDS” with the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts at Music Showcase. He then took on the roles of Mushu in “Mulan,” White rabbit in “Alice In Wonderland,” and sang with the Academy’s GLEE showchoir. Theatre Director Joy Rogers says she knew from the beginning that Silva was talented. “His singing voice was outstanding and he had a fabulous stage presence.” He also represented the Academy several times when singing the National Anthem before sports games at USF. Silva won Novemberfest Idol at Nativity Catholic Church in 2010 and was an acting finalist and overall child singer winner this month at the Actors, Model, and Talent for Christ Sine Winter Contest.
You can check out some of Silva’s performances on Youtube like singing Amazing Grace at the National Day of Prayer at Yankee Stadium in Tampa last May and playing a modern day drummer boy in a Christmas production at the Crossing Church in Tampa.