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Springs high school student spent his summer touring the country in regional theater

August 3, 2015 Updated: August 3, 2015 at 4:10 am
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photo - Evan Lennon, 15, is a local theatre kid on the rise.
Evan Lennon, 15, is a local theatre kid on the rise.  

Evan Lennon doesn't get stage fright while standing in front of an audience of 2,000. But he does get nervous before a math test.

At 15 years old, Lennon, who is a Springs native, has been stealing the spotlight in "Billy Elliot the Musical" this summer in shows across the country, including regional theaters in North Carolina, Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City. He's sung, danced and acted as Billy's wacky, expressive best friend, Michael.

"Most of my friends are spending their summer playing video games and doing normal kid stuff like baseball and going to concerts," said Lennon, who attends Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

"But this is my dream. This is the best summer of my life," said Evan.

Since Evan was 7, his mom and dad have shuffled plane rides to New York City for auditions in the same beat as driving to hockey practice or dance recitals for his brother and sister.

"We've always known this is his love and his passion. It's really unique to have a child discover his passion at such an early age, so we follow along" said his dad, Greg Lennon.

His parents tag along to auditions, but Evan has his own routine of warming up his voice and getting stage-ready.

"My job is to get him to the right room at the right time, and really if I thought he could take a cab by himself, he could probably have it all down," said his mom, Jen.

Evan has performed at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado College and Opera Theatre of the Rockies in shows like "Les Miserables," "A Christmas Story" and "The Wizard of Oz."

He says "Billy Elliot" tops the list so far.

"I love it as a show because it's about a boy who has a dream, and everybody has a dream," said Evan.

Evan goes to acting and dance classes and always researches a role before he auditions, from the dialect to the historical background.

"It's all about the story: You can't just go up there and speak the lines, you've got to have the emotion behind it and know what you're saying, and why," he said.

Although his parents worry about the toll of a slew of callbacks and rejections, it doesn't seem to phase Evan.

"I bear in mind 10 percent is talent and the rest is how you look, how tall you are, if you fit the description," he said.

The worst part for him? Waiting around.

"I don't get very nervous. I just walk on stage and feel the energy of the audience," said Evan. "I'm the most excited in that moment, I just want to get out there."

It's all pushing him closer to his dream - to appear on a Broadway stage. For him, the show doesn't matter; anything Broadway will do.

"I love it because in TV and stuff, there's no one there. With this, it's in the moment, you can't stop. You have to keep going no matter what."

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