Authoring for the Rivenmaster network has brought me into contact with some of the most talented kids in the world. Watching their talent grow and expand is one of the many privileges that comes from this particular position.
We first met and introduced Sheridan Archbold in the summer of 2014. He was then 12 years old and being billed as “The World’s Youngest Soprano Crossover Operatic Singer.” Today at 14, the dust has not yet settled from his trip to Italy where he made history being the first 13 year old boy soprano to perform the role of “Cherubino” in an opera scene “Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart”. Alas time has a way of changing a young mans voice so his soprano voice will now be forever preserved in YouTube clips and on the Christmas Child CD produced by Matthew and Nathan Todd.
In the past, children were not readily accepted to sing in an opera designed for seasoned vocal performers. However, with todays expanding technology, the world has been made smaller and talent like Sheridan’s is being discovered and awarded opportunities in ways that never before would have been possible.
Sheridan was greatly honored to share his talent in the Mozart Marathon at the Tuscia Opera and Erturia Musica Festival in Tarquinia, Italy. All six performances were accompanied by a fabulous symphony orchestra conducted by well known Italian conductor Maestro Stefano Vignati, and received an astounding reception by the Italian audience.
As soon as Sheridan returned home he conducted a series of performances at different cities for both corporate and private events. In the fall of 2015 Sheridan was invited to appear on Chicago television in the “Windy City Live’s Most Talented Kids” program. The program received such good ratings that it aired twice, the second time on prime time Thanksgiving Day.
In addition to those notable appearances Sheridan continues to share his talent in the local community. You will often find him performing at different city, charity, patriotic and private events. This past summer he performed at the Grand Marshall reception, at the annual Pearl Harbor memorial, Fourth of July and Memorial Day city events.
Sheridan was also invited to perform in Los Angeles CA at the 37th Annual Young Artist Awards. Sheridan executed a noticeable performance of the famous opera era “Avant de quitter ces lieux” from Opera “Faust” by Charles Gounod in the modern rhythmic arrangement, that is suited to a younger audience.
This year Sheridan also had the honor of performing in New York with the New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall, the New York National Opera Center, and other prestigious venues.
He showed his comedic side in the comedic opera “Le Cadi Dupé” by Christoph Gluck. It was hilarious! He also performed pieces of Mazetto from “Don Giovanni” by Mozart and took part in a very emotional opera ” Dei Fledermaus” by Strauss. Sheridan really enjoyed his stay in NYC where he had the opportunity to meet with many great musicians and industry professionals.
In parallel to his singing events, in January of this year Sheridan debuts in a lead role as Sheridan Cantarelli in the comedy-drama Web TV series “Making It Again?”
The inspirational story line behind “Making It Again?” is about a fourteen year old boy named Sheridan Cantarelli, who used to be a talented boy soprano, but after a few years of performing in front of large audiences, he decides to take a break and live like a normal, everyday kid.
After taking a couple of years off, he once again desires to get back into singing however, everything has changed. His Manager isn’t very interested in managing him anymore and the previous opportunities he had are now gone. Sheridan must work very hard using every ounce of determination he can muster, while encouraging himself that he has not been forgotten for his past accomplishments. Putting his determination into action, he begins singing and performing again so he can be an inspiration, encouragement, and example to his generation of how to never give up, pursue your goals, and fulfill your dreams.
I was privileged to be on the set for the last shoot of a dream sequence where Sheridan played three different crazy characters who were supposedly on a game show competing for a date with a beautiful girl. I think you will enjoy these comedic routines played out in the following clips.
Dream Sequence reel:
The last Episode will be filmed in October. After editing it will be available on You Tube and other web series networks.
Acting in this web series has helped Sheridan to grow as an actor, to understand the differences and similarities between singing on a big stage and acting in a studio in front of a camera. Having witnessed the last shooting held in the Chicago area first hand, I must say that both the cast and crew are all very professional. The characters in this web series are excellently portrayed and are sure to make a hit with it’s viewing audience.
Sheridan is planning to continue acting along with his singing career and is excited about what lies ahead for him in the coming years.
To learn more about Sheridan you can visit:
- Sheridan’s Website
- You Tube
- Making it Again? Web Series Site