Of A Rock Lobster"
World Premiere Opens Up About
Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) will be the first children's theater in the country to produce the play "Reflections Of A Rock Lobster" about a gay teenager's fight to defend his life and preserve his civil rights in the wake of bullying, prejudice and intolerance. Performances will take place March 3 - 11 in the Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston's South End.
on the true story of Aaron Fricke, and adapted by BCT
Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark for the stage,
"Reflections Of A Rock Lobster" is about tolerance, understanding
Rising from his despair, Aaron strikes back by suing his
Rhode Island high school for the right to escort his boyfriend to the
prom. By standing up for his personal and civil rights and for refusing
to apologize for who he is, Aaron not only wins his court case but also
wins in the hearts and minds of his peers and his community. His strength
and ultimate victory help pave the way for legions of gay and lesbian
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino commented, "I applaud Boston Children's Theatre for producing a World Premiere play that addresses issues that have such a profound impact on our community. Bullying, prejudice and anti-gay sentiments cannot be tolerated in our schools or in our society. 'Reflections of a Rock Lobster' teaches us all the importance of acceptance and tolerance in an entertaining, creative and powerful way. I congratulate their efforts and I encourage everyone to experience this ground-breaking production."
Broadway actor ("Hair") and LGBT activist Gavin Creel added, "Bravo to the Boston Children's Theatre for using the power of the performing arts to illuminate the struggles and beauty of the LGBT community. You guys are inspiring! Good luck with the run!"
"Reflections Of A Rock Lobster" will be performed
by students between the ages of 14 and 19 alongside several adult actors.
The student cast includes Andover residents Conrad Krendel-Clark
and Kim Uggerholt; Bedford resident Natalie
Vatcher; Belmont resident Alex Aroyan; Boston
residents Rosie Cerulli, Joy Kozu and Emily White;
Boxford resident Kristina Kastrinelis; Braintree resident
Rachel Padell; Brookline residents Sophia Pekowsky
and Felix Teich (as Aaron's boyfriend 'Paul
Guilbert'); Burlington resident Futaba Shioda; Charlestown
resident Kevin Paquette; Londonderry, NH resident Anthony
Esielionis; Melrose resident Julia Talbot; Middleton
resident Sean Crosley; Newton resident Alex Levy;
North Reading resident William Goldstein; Quincy residents
Ellis Hampton, Nicholas McNeil and Niamh O'Connor;
Reading resident Aly Grindall; Rowley resident Marianna
Odoy; Sandwich resident Megan McMahon; South
Hamilton resident Ian Shain (as 'Aaron Fricke'); Swampscott
resident Justin Hynes; Worcester resident Ashley
Hevey; and Linnea Shulz of Sweden.
"Reflections Of A Rock Lobster" contains mature subject matter and content. BCT recommends parental discretion. The production is supported by lead sponsors Vivian Shoolman and Jim Stone, and producing sponsors BNY Mellon and The Fireplace Restaurant.
For information and tickets, call 617-424-6634, x222 or visit www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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