Pine teen gets call for off-Broadway production
By Rachel Farkas
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Lots of 10th-graders are headed back to school this week and wondering how summer vacation went by so quickly.
Logan Rowland of Pine Township is preparing to head to New York City for the next four months to perform in the off-Broadway show “Little Miss Sunshine.”
He leaves for New York City on Sunday, Sept. 1, to begin rehearsals with the Second Stage Theater and will be doing performances through December, said his mother, Shannon Rowland.
The 15-year-old, who attends Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Beaver County, said he is excited to begin working.
“I cannot wait,” Logan said.
This is not the first time on the big stage for Logan. He performed in his first Broadway show, “The Addams Family,” when he was 12.
Logan had participated in some weekend workshops in New York City and learned about the open call for “The Addams Family.”
“He went up on an open call when he was 12, not expecting anything, went through the audition process and got a call-back,” Shannon Rowland said.
Logan got the part of Pugsley Addams. After his performance in “The Addams Family,” his mother said, they got an agent to make the audition and booking process easier.
Logan will play the part of Dwayne Hoover in “Little Miss Sunshine,” a new musical comedy based on the 2006 film starring Steve Carell and Abigail Breslin.
Dwayne is the silent, brooding brother who reluctantly joins his family on a cross-country van trip to watch his little sister perform in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant.
Logan said he doesn't have a lot in common with the character.
“I'm in general a very happy person, but I don't think it'll be difficult to find the place of Dwayne or to figure out Dwayne,” Logan said. “I find that I can do pretty much anything. I enjoy trying to find out characters and learn more about them.”
His love of musical theater began when he was 9 years old, he said, after watching his sister begin performing.
Logan tried it out and ended up loving it.
At 15, his love for all aspects of musical theater only has grown.
“I love the rehearsal process and singing and dancing and taking classes to learn new things,” he said. “I really like it all.”
Logan attends classes at Lincoln Park because it is flexible about accommodating students who travel for performances and auditions throughout the school year, his mother said.
While he's in New York rehearsing for and performing in “Little Miss Sunshine,” Logan and his mother will sublet an apartment, and Logan will take his classes online.
“We try to balance it,” Shannon Rowland said.
“He has his school time, and he has his free time.”
Logan also is a student at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. He said he has been taking evening classes there for seven years to hone his acting, singing, dancing and audition techniques.
He also has performed in a few Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera productions, such as “Oliver” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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