"The King and I" with The Marriott Theatre, 2014/5

 

"Young Michael Semanic as Anna’s son Louis is a pro, never descending into the simpering that is often prevalent in the performances of child-actors; his excellent singing voice is going to mature into a thing of great beauty."

Aaron Hunt / Newcity Stage – http://newcitystage.com/2014/10/30/review-the-king-imarriott-theatre/

 

"Arriving by boat is Anna (Heidi Kettenring, in splendid voice and in a role that fits her like a glove, a winningly stubborn and sensual Victorian widow, whose distinctive phrasing of familiar lyrics makes you hear them anew) and her young son,

Louis (the charming Michael Semanic)."

Hedy Weiss / Chicago SunTimes - http://entertainment.suntimes.com/stage/marriott-theatres-king-classic-contemporary-real-beauty/

 

"There are high quality supporting performances everywhere, notably by Chicagoland theater veteran Joseph Anthony Foronda as the Kralahome and Michael Semanic as Anna’s young son, Louis (I don’t recall ever seeing so many talented children in a single production)."

Dan Zeff / Chicagoland Theatre Reviews – http://www.chicagolandtheaterreviews.com/MarriottTheater-Lincolnshire.html

 

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 2013/4

 

"And what about love? It is demonstrated most winningly by Falstaff’s page, Robin (Michael Semanic, with the face and voice of an angel). He sings 'Them There Eyes' to Cricket, the gorgeous dog who comes close to stealing the show."

Hedy Weiss / Chicago SunTimes - http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/24199073-421/merry-wives-rolls-right-along-to-happy-ending.html

 

"And Michael Semanic, who plays Falstaff’s page, Robin, and has the voice of an angel, is a young actor to watch."

Anne Spiselman / Hyde Park Herald - http://hpherald.com/2014/01/08/the-merry-wives-of-windsor/

 

"I also want to mention young Michale Semanic as Robin, a solid performer with a lilting voice."

Alan Bresloff / Around The Town - http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/the-merry-wives-of-windsor/

 

Young Streamwood actor appearing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

http://www.planitlife.com/2013/12/10/young-streamwood-actor-appearing-at-chicago-shakespeare-theater/au014r9/?photo=1#story

 

"Oliver!" with Light Opera Works, 2012

"...the emotionally rich Michael Semanic is very poignant in the lead role of Master Twist​​​"

Chris Jones / Chicago Tribune

"Never before has a boy delivered more!"
Ruth Smerling / TheatreWorld Internet Magazine

"Sweet and vulnerable, Michael Semanic brings a pure boy soprano to the heart-rending 'Where Is Love?' ”​
Lawrence Bommer / Stage and Cinema  ("Local Boy Makes Good" - http://www.stageandcinema.com/2012/12/23/oliver-light-opera-works/)



 "Mounting "Oliver!" is to put trust and the entire success of a major professional show squarely on the diminutive shoulders of a talented child​. The child in this case, Michael Semanic, has the pipes and the aristocratic waif face to make the narrative work."  Angela Allyn / Chicago Stage Standard - http://chicagostagestandard.com/2012/12/01/oliver/

 

"The beautiful, haunting “Where Is Love” sung in full emotional range by the talented 6th grader, 11-year old Michael Semanic was a knockout."

Chicago Critic / Review by Tom Williams
Read the entire review here:

http://chicagocritic.com/oliver/

"...a fine cast led by boy soprano Michael Semanic as the feisty young hero""

Chicago Reader / Review by Albert Williams
Read entire review here:​

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/oliver/Event?oid=8190999

"Oliver (Michael Semanic) is a delight and his voice is that of an angel"

Around the Town / Review by Alan Bresloff

Read the entire review here:​

http://www.aroundthetownchicago.com/theatre-reviews/oliver/

Chicago Theater Beat / Review by Leah Zeldes

Read entire review here:
http://chicagotheaterbeat.com/2012/12/24/review-oliver-light-opera-works/#review

 

"Eleven-year-old Michael Semanic in the title role is a sweet boy soprano"​