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Dec 11, 2019

'Tis the Season to Rethink a Classic Holiday Role

Sebastian Oritz
We are proud to brag a bit about a member of our Make-A-Wish family – wish brother Sebastian Ortiz – who is playing a central role in one of the great holiday traditions this season.

Seven-year-old Sebastian is appearing in the current Broadway production of "A Christmas Carol," as the beloved Tiny Tim.

Sebastian’s sister Samantha had her wish for a Disney Cruise Line® vacation granted in August 2017 and the Ortiz family has stayed closely connected with our chapter. Samantha, 15, is a talented singer and has spoken and sung at several chapter events. Her brother Sebastian is known by all for his infectious smile and charm. People light up like, well, Christmas trees when he enters the room.

Ortiz family

Sebastian, who was born with cerebral palsy, was recently featured in a New York Times article about the casting of children with disabilities to play Tiny Tim. While traditionally played by a non-disabled actor, recent presenters of the show are rethinking who should play this iconic role.

Matthew Warchus, a Tony winner, who directed London and New York productions of “A Christmas Carol,” said the message to the audience is important: “It opens our eyes and our imaginations to all the different versions of human beings that surround us, and that’s a good thing.” 

Click to read the full New York Times article, "Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role?" by Michael Paulson. 

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