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February 28, 2013

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---- — Hi to ‘The Little Prince of Pop’

Aaron Carter performed during a Backstreet Boys’ concert in Berlin, Germany, and was instantly discovered in 1997. After the concert, he was offered a record contract on the spot by an Edel Record Company executive who saw him perform. In the fall of 1997, he released his first single, “Crush On You.”

Concert-goers, and undoubtedly a slew of teen fans, will have a chance to hear this young idol live when he takes the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Since his debut, Carter has opened for Britney Spears on the U.S. leg of her 2000 world tour, and has made numerous hugely popular appearances on TV networks and shows including Disney, Nickelodeon, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and “Rosie O’Donnell.”

Has all the fame and fortune changed Aaron Carter? His promoters say no. “He’s the same loveable kid he’s always been. Asked what makes him the most happy, he responds, ‘Making my fans and family happy, and having fun!’”

For tickets call the box office at 603-437-5100, or visit http://www.tupelohall.com/.

Strike up the bands, or head to ‘Brighton Beach’

The Phillips Academy Music Department presents the academy concert bands and ensembles under the direction of Vincent Monaco and Derek Jacoby at 3 p.m. this Sunday, March 3. The program will feature the music of J. P. Sousa, Holst, Copland, Colgrass, Story, Respichi and King. It’s a fun winter afternoon and free to boot, so head over to the Cochran Chapel located on the campus, 180 Main St., Andover. Mass. For more information,call 978-749-4260 or e-mail to music@andover.edu.

Also at the academy this weekend, the Theater and Dance Department presents Neil Simon’s coming-of-age comedy, “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The play is the first in Simon’s autobiographical trilogy, portraying his years as a young teen living with his parents and extended family in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York, in 1937.

Starring fictional character Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish teenager portrayed by Junior Adam Brody of Andover, Simon recalls his daily life through Eugene’s narrative. As the central character living in a crowded, lower middle-class walk up, Eugene humorously walks the audience through his experiences and hardship with puberty, sexual awakening and a search for his identity. Eugene’s father, Stanley, is played by Hemang Kaul, Class of 2013, also of Andover.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will be performed in Tang Theatre on the Phillips Academy campus, this Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets can be reserved by calling the Phillips Academy box office at 978-749-4433. For more information visit www.andover.edu.