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Fame Jr. Joins Boston Children's Theatre's Summer Season

Sixty-one local students are ready to start paying in sweat.

A scene from the original 1980 film Fame.
A scene from the original 1980 film Fame.

Boston Children's Theatre's Summer Studios 3 will present a production of Fame Jr. at the new state-of-the-art theater at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts. Based on the 1980 musical film and subsequent stage production, the show will be performed by two rotating casts, with performances running from July 17-20.

"Fame Jr. is a musical told through the eyes of young actors who have big talents and big dreams," explained BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark. "Fame Jr.'s book and score have ignited a vibrant creative spark within all our students, and I know their excitement and enthusiasm for this production will have a profound effect on our audiences."

The story follows a group of talented students through four years at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. Directed by Guaraldi with choreography by Brian Dillon, Fame Jr. was conceived and developed by David De Silva with book by José Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy, and music by Steve Margoshes. The title song, "Fame," was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.

The two casts of Fame Jr. feature 61 students from 41 local communities including Amesbury students Maya Gakidis and Camille Gaudet; Andover student Zoe Ritchie; Barrington NH student Sophia Estes; Beverly students Julia Ava Norcross, Kate Rogers, Brigid Waldron, and Zehava Younger; Beverly Farms student Tori Cargill; Boxford students Annabelle Collins and Grace Studley; Brookline studentsBrooks Gillespie and Dina Klein; Byfield student Miles Tardy; Cambridge students Leo Shelkrot Kupferberg and Theodora Lim; Charlestown student David Sullivan; Chestnut Hill student Leila Allen; Danvers student Lucy Desmond; Dorchester students Max Julinski and Journey King; Dover student Kylee Brown; Framingham student Suzanna Sarkar; Groveland student Chloe Webster; Hamilton student Lily Wainwright; Hyde Park student Zakiya Lomax; Ipswich student Sophie Miller; Jamaica Plain student Callie Demos; Lexington student Genevieve Wharton; Lowell student Sophia Wulsin; Manchester, New Hampshire student Evan Dell; Marblehead student Penny Walker; Medford students Jenna McLaughlin and Isabella Silvestro; Newbury student Eleanor Faria; Newburyport students Maggie Budzyna, Sami Cavanaugh, Sean Doucette, Julia Olson, Berit Palma, Isabella Riethmueller, Eli Anderson-Song, Claire Thibeault, and Janie Zaniboni; Newton student Henry Parker Loftus; North Andover student Danielle Page; Peabody student Makenzie Horner; Rowley student Emily Sousa; South Boston student Erica Jurus; Stoneham student Sydney Newcomb; Topsfield student Brendan Doherty; Tyngsborough students Taylor O'Connell and Cam Perrin; Wakefield student Max Roberts; Wellesley student Alex Hudepohl; Wenham student Emme Morales; West Newbury student Megan Kempton; Weston student Elizabeth Crawford; Winthrop students Heather Buccini and Haven Pereira; and Mira Sezer from Turkey.