Dina Klein and Brooks Gillespie will be appearing in FAME JR with Boston Children's Theatre July 17-20
Dina Klein and Brooks Gillespie will be appearing in FAME JR with Boston Children's Theatre July 17-20

The Academy Award® winning film and Emmy Award® winning television series leaps onto the stage for Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) Summer Studios 3 production of the acclaimed musical FAME JR.  Featuring the talents of 11-year old Brooks Gillespie and 11-year old Dina Klein of Brookline, FAME JR will be performed in the new state-of-the-art theater at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA from July 17 – 20.

Cast in the Musical and Acting Ensemble in FAME JR, Brooks is no stranger to the stage. With Baker School Extended Day Musical Theatre, she has appeared in Picture of Rolf, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Double Frog, Beyond What?, Evil Carnival, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.  She has also performed with Lincoln School Smart Summers Theater Camp, and Wheelock Family Theater Vacation Camp.  She is a student at The Edith C. Baker School in Chestnut Hill.

Dina will be playing the role of student drummer ‘Grace (Lambchop) Lamb’ in FAME JR.  A student at the Driscoll School, Dina has been seen in Jambo, The Phantom Tollbooth and Twelfth Night at ArtBarn as well as in the Boston Ballet School Showcases.  Dina is making her BCT debut in FAME JR

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.  Under the guidance of veteran director Mary Guaraldi, who recently directed our World Premiere production of The Homework Machine, FAME JR will be a thrilling journey for everyone in the theater.”

FAME JR follows a group of talented students as they make their way through 4 years at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.  A bittersweet, and ultimately inspiring story filled with high octane musical and dance numbers, FAME JR explores the world of the performing arts and the triumphs of challenges of following one’s dreams. Directed by Guaraldi with choreography by Brian Dillon, FAME JR was conceived and developed by David De Silva with book by Jose Fernandez, lyrics by Jacques Levy and music by Steve Margoshes.  The title song “FAME” was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.

FAME JR will be performed by two rotating casts at Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.  Brooks Gillespie will be seen in performances on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 19 at 2 pm, and Sunday, July 20 at 7:30 pm and Dina Klein will be see in performances on Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 20 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.  For tickets and information, visit www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or call 617-424-6634, x222.  FAME JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

About Boston Children’s Theatre

For over 60 years, Boston Children’s Theatre has served as one of the region’s premier not-for-profit theaters.  Named Best of Boston® 2013 and 2012 by Boston Magazine for Best Children’s Theatre, BCT’s mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works.  Programs at Boston Children’s Theatre provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive and productive environment.  At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world, as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.


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