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July 19, 2013

Local girls starring in 'Pippin'

In “Pippin,” a young prince searches for meaning in his life, wondering where he fits in.

At the age of 12, Brendan Callahan of Rowley has found that the theater is what suits him best — at least so far.

Now he is taking on his biggest role yet, starring as Pippin in the Boston Children’s Theatre production playing tonight through Sunday at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Also in the play are Essex resident Jillian Furber and Manchester resident Margaret McFadden. Both have big roles, too.

Margaret plays Berthe, Pippin’s grandmother, who tells him to be less serious and live a little.

Jillian plays Catherine, a widow who falls in love with Pippin, but whom he leaves. Later, he realizes his time with her and her son was the only time he was happy.

The musical is being presented by the theater’s Summer Studio Three program and features a cast of 58 students who range in age from 9 to 14. The cast is split into two groups that each perform in three of the six shows.

“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.

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

If you go What: "Pippin" When: Tonight at 7:30, 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 x222, or www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org

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