Tovi Wayne is leading a charmed life these days.
The 12-year-old Modestan is getting rave reviews for his title role in the San Francisco Opera's "The Little Prince."
San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman called Tovi "a precocious scene-stealer who sang sweetly and purely and embodied the Prince's blend of maddening imperiousness and radiant charm." His review was the lead feature in the newspaper's Datebook section Monday.
Tovi has appeared in several Modesto productions, including the title role in "Oliver," Winthrop in "The Music Man" and Chip in "Beauty & the Beast" for Modesto Performing Arts and Colin in "The Secret Garden" with Townsend Opera Players. He also played Colin with the Lamplighters and played Michael in Diablo Light Opera Company's "Peter Pan" in Walnut Creek. He is an extra in the film "Harvey Milk" and is in a commercial for Mothers Against War.
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Tovi, who alternates in the role with another 12-year-old, appeared in two performances of "The Little Prince" last weekend in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. He will appear the last time Saturday night.
To read what Bee critic Lisa Millegan has to say about the production, go to click this link.