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10-year-old cancer survivor becomes 1st girl to play role of Tiny Tim at famous theater
    2017-December-20  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A brave and determined young actress is about to take center stage in a beloved Chicago stage tradition.

Ten-year-old Paris Strickland is the first girl to play Tiny Tim in the annual “A Christmas Carol” at Chicago’s Goodman Theater, and her personal story is just as meaningful as her character’s. Strickland survived life-threatening cancer and is now celebrating her talent and bright future.

For 40 years, the Goodman Theater has been producing their annual “A Christmas Carol.” There have been 29 Tiny Tims in all races and ethnicities. Strickland will make history as the first female Tiny Tim.

“I think it’s really cool because I get to experience a part that not many girls got to play in the past years and it’s an inspiring role,” Strickland said.

It’s inspiring because during rehearsal, finding her character’s motivation may not be a stretch for Strickland. At 9 days old, she was diagnosed with a rare and deadly childhood cancer. Her illness was documented in a book by her mother, Lauren Strickland.

“We started treatment at 10 days old. She’s been through chemo, radiation, antibody treatment, clinical trials, pretty much anything; we’ve been through and tried it,” Lauren Strickland said.

Paris Strickland spent much of her first three years in and out of hospitals battling a disease as ferocious as it is unpredictable. The ordeal has left the fourth grader with a limp and a smaller stature for her age. Otherwise, she’s OK.

“I feel I’m perfect for this role, because I kind of went through what Tiny Tim was going through. I got the part, so that makes sense. I maybe had a hard time in the beginning of life,” Paris Strickland said.

“She was really eager to hear what we wanted from her. She just was able to absorb ideas in the audition room in a way that I thought was amazing for a 10 year old,” said Henry Wishcamper, the show’s director.

The 40th production of Goodman’s “A Christmas Carol” began on November 18 and runs to December 31.

(SD-Agencies)

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