Stage Struck Review

Reviewing Theatre For Over 40 Years

A Time to Mourn

Sylvia Lavoie Miller

The local theatrical community lost a bright light last Sunday, when Sylvia Lavoie Miller succumbed to the virulent breast cancer she had been fighting for over a year. Sylvia was a remarkable talent, with a huge voice and a wicked sense of fun both on-stage and off.

Particularly recognized for two roles: Carlotta in the Kopit/Yeston “Phantom,” and Mother Superior in “Nunsense,” she played theaters large and small throughout the southland for more than thirty years. More, she worked hard to spread her enthusiasm for the medium of musical theater to those who might not otherwise have even considered coming to, much less participating in, live performances at all.

Sylvia is survived by her husband of 26 years, Richard, with whom she sometimes performed (they met rehearsing a musical at the long-defunct Old Town Music Hall in Monrovia), and by their young adult son.

It is people like Sylvia – talented, sacrificially dedicated local performers – who keep theater alive in the United States. Not everyone has to end up on Broadway to be validated as good at what they do. Sylvia’s untimely death is a loss to everyone who finds him or herself moved by theater and song. Her booming laugh, her humor and her passion for the work will carry on in the many people she touched throughout her career.

One response to “A Time to Mourn

  1. Anonymous November 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    The theatre lights in Southern California dimmed a little bit on Sunday, October 23, 2011 due to this loss. Her talent, timing and humor was infectious. We will miss her dearly! Thank you Frances for your post!

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