DHS grad Brian Dillon to present a one-man performance at St. Francis

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DRACUT — Brian Dillon, a former Dracut High School standout in musical theater and class of 2006 graduate, will perform “A Night of Music” on Monday, Aug. 8, at the St. Francis Parish Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

Dillon currently attends the Boston Conservatory of Music, pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater performance. He is a dean’s list student, a resident adviser, and has performed in seven main stage shows.

The concert is free and open to the public. However, Dillon said he will “graciously accept” any donations.

“The rising cost of this amazing private conservatory becomes increasingly difficult, but with one year to my diploma, I refuse to give up,” said Dillon, who serves as music director for the St. Francis and Friends Parish Show Group and as director/choreographer at Boston Children’s Theatre.

“While I do need to raise funds for my senior year tuition, I’ve been thinking about doing a concert for some time now — simply to do what I love, where I love to do it, for this awesome community called Dracut,” Dillon said. “I’d love to give back to them in a way that makes these crazy times we live in more bearable, and a bit more hopeful!”

While locals may recall Dillon’s memorable performance as Gaston in DHS’ 2006 Beauty and the Beast, he has more recently performed with the North Shore Music Theater in Bye Bye Birdie. His voice also can be heard on the Boston Children’s Theatre Christmas Album, and he was a featured performer during an eight-minute medley with Keith Lockhart’s Boston Pops recently at Symphony Hall.

“A Night of Music” will last about an hour and will include song styles from theater, inspirational, and jazz standard. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

“Working with so many amazing students at Boston Children’s Theatre, as well as the dedicated members of the St. Francis Show Group, has been giving me the itch to perform,” he said. “This will be a great opportunity for me to do so, and to give those who come to the concert a pleasurable and relaxing evening of tunes.”

— Debbie Hovanasian