By: Joe Salvato
Source: Daily Herald
Cody Bolithon is no stranger to being on stage — or playing key roles in musicals.
The 10-year-old starred as Horton in Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s “Seussical” and the Big Bad Wolf in “The Trial of Goldilocks” at Skokie’s Youth Gorilla Tango Theatre. But most of his previous roles were in “kid productions,” as he describes them. Now, he is taking to a big stage — and in the title role no less.
Cody, a fifth grader at Westgate Elementary School in Arlington Heights, plays Rudolph in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
“My other roles didn’t have many grown-ups in them. I’ve played a grown-up in a kid production before, but now, Rudolph is an actual kid and I think it’s better because it’s something that I haven’t done as much,” he said.
Cody has been singing and acting in various productions for two years now, and is especially in love with musical theater.
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