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Cape teen goes pro with ‘Little Prince’ character

Cape Cod teen Wil Moser, right, and Laura Jo Trexler in New Repertory Theatre's production of "The Little Prince." (Andrew Brilliant/Brillian Pictures)

A young Cape Cod actor is reprising one of his most beloved characters on a larger scale with the opening this week of “The Little Prince” at New Repertory Theatre in Watertown.

Ninth-grader Will Moser played the title role in the musical version of that story based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery in last year’s Eventide Arts community-theater production in Dennis. This new role takes the busy actor farther afield, and to an award-winning, professional theater company.

The New Rep production opened in previews Saturday, with the official press opening Monday night. The run continues through Dec. 21 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Tickets, $30-$60; 617-923-8487 or newrep.org.

Local theatergoers have had a chance to see Wil in a variety of roles in the past two years. While he started performing in elementary school, his recent shows, besides “The Little Prince,” have included “Freckleface Strawberry” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Harwich Junior Theatre; “The King and I,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “The Enemy of the People” at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham; “Tom Sawyer” (in the title role) at Eventide; and playing two different von Trapp brothers in productions of “The Sound of Music” at Chatham Drama Guild and Barnstable High School; and “Cymbeline” at BHS.

He’s been cast next in Eventide’s musical “Honk” in February.

“The Little Prince” tells the story, according to New Rep, of “a world-weary aviator and a mysterious, regal little boy who help each other discover rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter.”

New Rep artistic director Jim Petosa said in a press release that the choice of the “compelling and timeless tale” was tied to the spirit of the holiday season. “The world of the play and its inhabitants speak eloquently to all audiences, from adults to children, because of its yearning heart and universal accessibility. During the holiday time of year, it was important for us to produce a play that celebrates the joy of artistic programs that encourage intergenerational participation. The spirit of the season is embodied in this imaginative and joyous musical.”

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