This is the 39th year the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has produced A Christmas Carol at the historic Pabst Theater. Throughout the years, cast members have moved from one role to another. And for the youngest members, Tiny Tim has always been a coveted role. "Six or seven years old are the youngest," says Leda Hoffmann, the associate director of this year's production. "As long as they are small enough that Mr. Cratchit can carry them around the stage, around London, they can get up to 9 years old." Hoffmann says each year, they look for the best Tiny Tim's they can find. Sometimes they find girls, sometimes boys.
This year, 7 year-old Amalia Cecsarini landed the role of Tiny Tim. Although she comes from a theater family (her mom is currently in the Rep's production of "Harvey"), she says this is her first role. She beat out dozens of other young actors to play Tiny Tim, but she aspires to play a Cratchit sister in the future.
Click the player above to hear a conversation between Amalia and Don Moore, a local musician, radio producer and music teacher who played the role back in 1980.