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July 18, 2013

Finding his 'Corner of the Sky'

Young Rowley actor stars in Boston Children's Theatre's 'Pippin'

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When Brendan found out that this year’s show was going to be “Pippin,” he didn’t know anything about it. Luckily, the musical was just revived on Broadway, so he was able to go to New York City and see it in May.

“My first show in New York was ‘Beauty and the Beast’ when I was 5 or 6, and I really liked it,” Brendan said. “Every year or two, we kept going back and seeing more shows because I love watching theater.”

“Pippin,” which won four Tony Awards last month, including Best Revival of a Musical, is a sort of unconventional play within a play that features an acting troupe telling the tale of the boy on a quest for fulfillment.

“He tries to be a politician. He tries to explore the normal life. He does all these different things until he finally finds what he wants to do with life,” Brendan said. “It’s all about finding what’s right for him.”

Pippin sings about this quest in “Corner of the Sky.” Other musical numbers include “Magic to Do,” “Glory” and “Morning Glow.”

Though Brendan says he still gets nervous, each show he has done has helped him become a lot more comfortable in the spotlight.

“I definitely do get nervous but definitely not nearly as much as my first or my second show,” he said. “Now I’m used to the whole dynamic of performing in front of an audience.”

In addition to Brendan, there are eight children from the Greater Newburyport area in “Pippin”: Isabella Berkeley, 13, of Georgetown; Harry DiTullio, 13, of Salisbury; Sean Doucette, 13, of Newburyport; Eleanor Faria, 12, of Newbury; Megan Kempton, 10, of West Newbury; Miles Tardy, 11, of Byfield; Claire Thibeault, 12, of Newburyport; and Chloe Webster, 11, of Groveland.

If you go

What: “Pippin”

When: Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Governor’s Academy, 1 Elm St., Byfield

How much: $20 and $15 for adults, $15 and $10 for students

More information: 617-424-6634, ext. 222, or www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

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