Penny Walker will be appearing in FAME JR at Boston Children's Theatre July 17 - 20
Penny Walker will be appearing in FAME JR at 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 12-year old Penny Walker of Marblehead, 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 Music Ensemble in FAME JR, Penny is no stranger to the stage.  She has performed in numerous productions at Marblehead Theatre and Marblehead Little Theatre including Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, A Christmas Carol, Monster in My Closet, The Big Bad Wolf, The Pixels, and Alice in Wonderland.  She was also seen last summer in BCT’s production of Pippin.  She is a student at Tower School. 

 “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.  Penny Walker will be performing Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 19 at 2 pm and Sunday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.  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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