Area teens in ‘Fame – The Musical’

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BATH — The New England Youth Theater, which will present “Fame – The Musical” March 25 through April 3, has opted to add a “Hope for Haiti” matinee performance to help earthquake victim.

The fundraiser for the Red Cross for the Haiti Relief will be staged at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

“Fame – The Musical” is a bittersweet but inspiring story of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984).

 Jamie Lee Richardson of Brunswick shares the leading role of Carmen Diaz. Other area cast members are James Kramlich of Turner as Jose Vegas; Courtney Jones of Bowdoin as Iris Kelley; Vincent Ratsavong of Auburn as Schlomo Metzenbaum; Azaria Dotson of Topsham as Grace Lamb; Andrea Carr of Topsham as Miss Esther Sherman; Annabelle Gardiner of Brunswick as Ms. Great Bell. Lindsey Hoffman and Nate Levesque of Topsham are in the theater ensemble; Anna Bruning of Topsham and Sarah Perreault of Brunswick are in the dance ensemble.

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“Fame – The Musical” is directed and choreographed by Studio 48 Performing Arts Center dance instructor Vincent Ratsavong. It is produced and musically directed by Rebecca Beck, founder of the nonprofit youth theater organization. The assistant choreographer is Sarah Perreault, a student at Brunswick High School.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 25, 26, 27 and April 1, 2, 3. Tickets are available at www.newenglandyouththeater.org or by calling 798-6966 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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