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Danvers girls take stage in ‘Fame Jr.'

Jul. 12, 2014

The Boston Children’s Theatre’s Summer Studios 3 brings the acclaimed musical "Fame Jr.," baswed on the Academy Award winning film and Emmy Award winning television series, to the stage on July 17-20.

Two Danvers 14-year-old girls, Tori Cargill and Lucy Desmond, will be featured in the show at the new state-of-the-art theater at Shore Country Day School in Beverly.

Playing the role of ballet dancer "Iris Kelly"’ in FAME JR, Cargill is no stranger to the BCT stage. She was most recently seen in BCT’s productions of "Pippin," "The Velveteen Rabbit," "Legally Blonde," "Footloose" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" as "Scout." She has also performed with North Shore Music Theatre in "Show Boat," "Grease," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "A Christmas Carol." In addition to the stage, Tori has also starred in a supply management video for MIT.

Desmond will be playing the role of the dance teacher "Ms. Greta Bell"’ in "Fame Jr." Most recently seen in BCT’s production of "Pippin," Desmond has also appeared on the BCT stage in "Legally Blonde," "Footloose" and "The Wedding Singer." With North Shore Youth Players Camp, Lucy performed in "Mother Goose Comedy Revue," "Aesop’s Fables," and "The Universe." An avid dancer, she has studied with the Hamilton Wenham School of Dance, the Marblehead School of Ballet, the Dance Center of Danvers and On Your Toes Dance Center. Lucy is a student at the Brookwood 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,’ ‘FameJr.’ will be a thrilling journey for everyone in the theater."

"Fame Jr." follows a group of talented students as they make their way through four 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, it 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 St., Beverl. Cargill and Desmond will be seen in performances on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. For tickets and information, visit or call 617-424-6634, x222.

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