Monica Byron is an American child actress who played the role of Little Cosette in the 2007 Broadway production of Les Misérables. She was ten years old when she played the role. Monica, a native to Berlin, New Hampshire, Monica moved to Staten Island for a period to audition for the role. She charmed the casting agents, who later said she was "one of the obvious choices."
Monica stayed with the cast 10 months and shared the role with Jade Grant and Gillian Smith. The image to the right shows us Monica's cast photo.
Monica Louise Byron was born on 29 April 1997 in Berlin, New Hampshire to Christine and Bruno Byron. Her brother Colin was born in February 1994.
From an early age, she showed signs of a love for theatre. She acted in many school plays and musicals, and was in the church choir since the age of four. By a lucky turn of fate, Monica was spotted by a casting agent in her school's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the age of eight. The casting agent approached her parents and suggested she audition for a Broadway show. Monica and her family researched many plays and musicals and finally settled on the role of Little Cosette. "It was a really important role, but not one that was too demanding. I didn't have to be in rehearsal all the time and miss school, and I had my own song to sing which was really pretty," Monica said in one interview. Monica's family ended up renting an apartment in Staten Island while their daughter went through the audition process. When she got the part along with two other young actresses, they extended their lease and stayed in New York for over a year as Monica attended rehearsal and finally the performances, every third night for ten months.
After Les Misérables, Monica returned to New Hampshire and signed up with a local theatre troupe, acting in several community productions in her neighbourhood. Monica has since been in such shows as Singin' in the Rain, Heathers the Musical, and CATS. However, her only professional stint was ever with Les Mis. Now in her late teens and attending college, Monica continues to enjoy acting.
List of Credits Edit
- Three of a Kind (school play) - Baby Bear (2003)
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (school play) - Dixie (2005)
- Les Miserables - Little Cosette (2007)
- CATS - Swing (2010)
- Singin' in the Rain - Lina Lamont (2011)
- Kinky Boots - Lauren (2014)
- Heathers the Musical - Heather Duke (2015)