Child actors to perform ‘FAME Jr.’ at Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt

Fame Jr. In Riverhead
EAST END CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY COURTESY PHOTO | Performers in the company’s ‘mainstage program’ in a photo from last year. The same young actors will be performing FAME Jr.

The little actors and actresses of the East End Children’s Theatre Company will be debuting an original showcase, FAME Jr., at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead this weekend.

Vail-Leavitt downtown Riverhead
FILE PHOTO | Vail-Leavitt Music Hall on Peconic Avenue.

Tickets for the show cost $10. The shows are scheduled for 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The show is “a very energetic, funny rendition of Fame, with amazingly talented kids,” said Selina Pasca, company co-director and acting coach.

The story is based on a prestigious acting school in New York City.

The story is based on a prestigious acting school in New York City.

Kristen Poulakis, who co-directs with Ms. Pasca, trained the children on vocals and dance.

The pair founded the children’s theatre company in September, bringing together their individual talents.

Ms. Pasca’s skills in writing and improvisation, paired with Ms. Poulakis’ skills in song and dance bring a unique experience to young students, ages 4 to 16 years old, they say.

“I write these shows according to who’s in the company,” Ms. Pasca said. “I meet the kids first, [then] I write what will be fun for them.”

“We find out what their strengths are by playing games,” said Ms. Poulakis. “We decide at that point where to put them in the show. It depends on what naturally shines thorough.”

The duo will also be hosting an open house for interested kids and parents on March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall.

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