Christina Belinsky is flying high these days as she tours the country in "Finding Neverland." The national tour plays Boston Opera House on Aug. 8-20.
At times, Belinsky, a native of Derry, N.H., plays a pirate hanging from a rope. She's also a ticking clock, a park-goer and occasionally plays Peter Pan in her various ensemble roles.
"It is so much fun and I have to pinch myself sometimes, since I can't believe that it's my job," said Belinsky, who attended Dean College in Franklin and has a degree in modern dance performance from the University of the Arts.
An award-winning dancer, Belinsky got her start studying ballet at a young age and then switched over to musical theater, performing with Peacock Players in Nashua, N.H., and the Majestic Players at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. Her numerous shows include "Footloose," "The Producers," "Charlotte's Web" and "Seussical: The Musical."
She concentrated in dance in college and in her early professional career following her 2008 graduation. But more recently, she toured in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which played Lowell Memorial Auditorium last winter.
And she's having a wonderful time with "Finding Neverland." Based on the 2004 Academy Award-winning film, the show had its start several seasons ago at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, where Diane Paulus, ART's artistic director, created it and then took to Broadway.
The musical follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer -- and the man -- he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets a beautiful widow, Sylvia, and her four young sons, Jack, George, Michael and Peter.
Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes "Peter Pan," a play unlike any that high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a great risk, but Barrie himself discovers the fact that when you believe, you can fly.
"The musical is more light-hearted then the movie," said Belinsky. "It's a visually stunning show with magnificent costumes and sets. And the music is such fun. It has a pop-rock, contemporary feel to it."
She's looking forward to playing to a hometown crowd in Boston and also to dancing again at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, where she continues to train whenever she returns to New England.
"I look forward to being in Boston and seeing family and my teachers, who I am still close to," said Belinsky.
Tickets start at $44 and are available at 1-800-982-2787 or www.BroadwayInBoston.com.
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On the marquee
LOWELL NATIVE FEATURED: "Out of the Mouths of Babes," a new comedy by Israel Horovitz, has its New England premiere Aug. 11-Sept. 2 at the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St. It features Obehi Janice, a Lowell native and rising star on the Boston theater scene, as Marie-Belle. She is one of four women, each very different, who arrive in Paris for the funeral of the 100-year-old man who loved each of them -- at times variously and at times simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets and a dead cat. Others in the cast include Paula Plum, Debra Wise and Sarah Hickler. The show had a sell-out run in New York last summer and will soon have its West End premiere in London. Janice, born in Lowell and a Georgetown University graduate, is an award-winning actress, writer and comedian. She works extensively on stage, screen and as a voice actress. She has acted recently at New Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Company One Theatre/American Repertory Theatre and Underground Railway Theatre. Tickets are $32-$42 at 978-281-4433 or www.gloucesterstage.com.
FUN HOME TIX: Tickets went on sale this week for "Fun Home," the groundbreaking show that won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. It will play the Boston Opera House on Oct. 17-29 as part of the 2017-18 Lexus Broadway in Boston season. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, "Fun Home" introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores the mysteries of her childhood and sees her parents through grown-up eyes. Tickets start at $44 at 800-982-2787 or www.BroadwayInBoston.com.