Talented local teens find ‘Fame’ on stage

Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of “Fame Jr.” has a cast of 47 youngsters.
Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of “Fame Jr.” has a cast of 47 youngsters.

YOUNG TALENT: “Fame Jr.,” based on the award-winning movie and television series, is presented by Boston Children’s Theatre at Shore Country Day School in Beverly for six performances, Thursday through next Sunday.

The theater and the school are collaborating for the first time this summer. Participants in the summer studios program for ages 9 to 19 are at the school through August and are performing in the school’s new 375-seat theater.

“As a theatrical organization, we are thrilled to partner with a school that has made such a substantial commitment to the arts in this area,” said Toby Schine, the theater’s executive director. “Together we can make a significant contribution to the community through classes, programs, workshops, and productions.”


And, Schine said, “Many of our students live north of Boston, and having a home at Shore Country Day School provides a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a more convenient location for both our current students and for students interested in trying our program for the first time.”

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The two rotating casts of “Fame Jr.” feature 47 students from 25 communities.

“‘Fame Jr.’ is a musical told through the eyes of young actors who have big talents and big dreams,” said Burgess Clark, the theater’s executive artistic director. “Its 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 show follows a group of talented students as they make their way through four years at the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York City. Through musical and dance numbers, it explores the world of the performing arts and the triumphs and challenges of following one’s dreams.

The show is directed by Mary Guaraldi, with choreography by Brian Dillon.


Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students. Call 617-424-6634, ext. 222 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Laurette Folk of Beverly introduces her new book, “A Portal to Vibrancy,” at the Beverly Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday. The novel, set in middle America in the 1980s, is about a young woman’s sexual and artistic coming of age. Folk is a graduate of the Vermont College master of fine arts in writing program and teaches at North Shore Community College. . . . Several poets read from their new book, “Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century,” 2 p.m. Saturday at Bestsellers Café in Medford. The poets include Barbara Orton, Michael Cantor, Rhina Espaillat, Jeffrey Harrison, Alfred Nicol, Ada Jill Schneider, and Lewis Turco.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Salem Arts Association presents “From the Earth,” the second of its monthlong exhibits at its Artists’ Row gallery, through July 27. The artists used a broad interpretation of the theme and worked in different mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, and fiber art. The exhibit was juried by Claudia Kaufman of the Marblehead Arts Association. . . . “The Wild Horses, Bulls and Cowboys of La Camargue, France,” a selection of photographs by Marblehead artist Susan Ogan, is in the lower-level meeting room of the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead through July 24. The exhibit includes text explaining the images, which were taken by Organ during a recent trip to France. Camargue is Western Europe’s largest river delta, and home to pink flamingos, white horses, black bulls, and their cowboy guardians.

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