Teen musical on growing up a rollicking show for all ages

Young at heart: Some of the cast from 13 the Musical. Members are mostly from St Patrick’s College, Sutherland; Kirrawee High School and St Joseph’s Como.Picture: Bridget KeatingSHIRE Music Theatre’s latest production, 13 the Musical, has been described as a “grown-up story about growing up”.
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Set in Indiana, US, 13′ is a spectacular youth musical lighting up the shire and starring a cast of 13 talented teens and tweens.

The musical tells the story of a New Yorker, Evan, who finds himself in a small town in Indiana after his parents are divorced. Making friends and surviving the school year is easier said than done!

With a rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13′ is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Directed by Bridget Keating with musical direction from Andrew Howie and choreography by Joel Duffy, the musical offers a big-show experience for these budding stage stars.

“13 the Musical has so much more value musically and message-wise than other teen-focused shows,” Keating said. “It is realistic and sometimes a little challenging, even for adults.

“The themes we tackle are dating, illness, cultural difference, belonging and bullying, but it is the music that makes this show so appealing.”

Keating said they were aware that finding 11-15-year-olds for the cast would not be easy.

“But with all the excellent performance training facilities in our surrounding areas we were able to find some really exceptional talent,” he said.

“13 the Musical has some excellent comic moments and also some beautiful heart-wrenching ballads.”

Details: Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, 25 East Parade, Sutherland; 8pm March 30; 2pm and 8pm March 31; 2pm April 1. Tickets: $29/$24, family passes, $85; bookings: shiremusictheatre南京夜网.au or 8230 0668.

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