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State College 4th Grader Cast in Touring Broadway Production of ‘Camelot’

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Parker Hanawalt

Parker Hanawalt, a 4th grader at Radio Park Elementary School in State College, has been cast as Tom of Warwick in the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation of the national tour of Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot.” The show comes to Eisenhower Auditorium for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20.

The 10-year-old Hanawalt, who moved to State College a little more than a year ago, was previously involved in Harrisburg’s Gamut Theatre, where he took classes and performed roles in three shows.

Hanawalt portrayed the Fool in Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company’s youth production of “Little Lear” last summer. He performed in Fuse Productions’ “Scrooge!” at the State Theatre in December. He also participates in State College’s Singing Onstage, where he has performed in “Seussical” and is rehearsing for “Guys and Dolls.”

Tom of Warwick, a young boy who wants to fight for what is right, is destined to become a knight. He gives King Arthur hope for the future.

“I think Tom of Warwick is adventurous, brave and passionate about being a knight one day,” said Hanawalt, who in his spare time enjoys drawing, playing the saxophone and taking Parkour classes. “I feel happy, special and very lucky to have this experience.”

The Center for the Performing Arts worked with Richard Biever—a State College theater teacher, director and producer—to audition young actors for the part. Three video auditions were submitted to Mark Minnick, the production’s associate producer for casting.

“All three boys did a very nice job and would be great,” Minnick said. “I feel that Parker Hanawalt will bring a wonderful look and quality to the final scene of the production and will be quite charming as Tom.

The national tour of “Camelot” reimagines the classic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Broadway’s sweeping tale of passion, pageantry and betrayal—winner for four Tony Awards—has never been more enthralling than in this new production. Intimate and fresh, the celebrated “Camelot” score includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” and the title song.

Section one and two tickets—$65 and $56 for an adult, $47 and $38 for a University Park student and $48 and $39 for a person 18 and younger—are available online at or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

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