At Home on the Stage:Eleven Year-old David Sullivan Stars in BCT Production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Charlestown resident David Sullivan appeared in the lead role of Ching Ho, a comedic henchman, in the Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” at the Shore Country Day School in Beverly. He performed in three shows.

David, an 11-year-old sixth grader at the Advent School, was introduced to the stage at the Charlestown Working Theater when he was 5 years old.  David’s talent and enthusiasm were noteworthy and he enjoyed the learning experience so much that he wanted to continue in the dramatic arts.

“I started at Charlestown Working Theater and thought, ‘This is fun, this is what I like to do,’ and it’s been amazing ever since; it’s been a favorite activity of mine for six years,” said David, who also enjoys playing soccer.

David was fully immersed in the BCT program this summer, dividing his day between rehearsals and acting and musical theater classes.

“This is my third year working with BCT and it’s been great,” said David, who has also appeared in shows at the Wheelock Family Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and the Charlestown Working Theater and in corporate videos. “It’s cool to work with other kids and interact with people my age.”

David is getting serious about his craft. He takes private voice and piano lessons and is looking ahead to a potential future career in the dramatic arts.

“Actually I’ve been thinking about acting in my future for awhile,” said David. “It’s work but it’s also something that’s a lot of fun, so I think it would be cool as a job to do something that I really like.”

David said his parents have been very supportive of his acting endeavors.

“My parents and my grandpare

David Sullivan

David Sullivan

nts have always been there for me,” said David. “I have one set of grandparents who have been at every show and it helps me a lot.”

David responded well to a unique theatrical challenge for his role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.” Most of David’s lines were in the Chinese language and he performed three of his songs in Chinese.

David said he appreciated the support and encouragement he received from the director, the BCT staff, and members of the cast.

“All the actors received excellent support from the our director, Mary Guaraldi, and all of the cast members knew each other, so we felt like we were a part of our community. Everyone has been so nice at BCT.”

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