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Local kids in Cape Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’

Featured in Cape Playhouse's upcoming "The Music Man" will be seven youngsters with local ties, including, rehearsing here, from left, Paige Martino, Julian Morris, Peter Cotoia, Caleb Cotoia and Julien Lajoie. COURTESY OF CAPE PLAYHOUSE

Cape Playhouse in Dennis is a professional, Equity theater, but, in an unusual move, its upcoming production of “The Music Man” will feature seven children who live on the Cape or who have local ties.

The youngsters were cast through auditions and recommendations. One has performed off-Broadway and operas in Italy,and  the others all have experience through shows at their schools or community/regional theater, including Cape Cod Theatre Company, Home of the Harwich Junior Theatre; Cotuit Center for the Arts; Barnstable Comedy Club; and North Shore Music Theatre.

The youngsters involved include, in the role of Winthrop Paroo (think Ron Howard in the movie), Rhyees Stump, of East Dennis, a sixth-grader at St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School in Hyannis; as his frenemy Amaryllis, Isabella Moitoso, here for the summer in Buzzards Bay after doing the off-Broadway, Italy and New York-area shows; and Paige Martino, here after roles on the North Shore, playing mayor’s daughter Gracie Shinn.

In the ensemble will be twins Caleb and Peter Cotoia of Yarmouth, students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich; Julian Morris of Centerville, another charter school student; and Julien Lajoie, a fifth-grader at Eastham Elementary School who takes dance classes at the Academy of Performing Arts School in Orleans.

“The Music Man,” running July 5-23 under James Brennan’s direction, tells the story of con man Harold Hill (Jeremy Webb), who tries to convince a town he’ll create a marching band but gets tripped up by falling for the local librarian (Kaitlyn Davidson).

Information: www.capeplayhouse.com, 508-385-3911.

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