at "13" Presented in High Energy Musical
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre July 29-Aug. 7
Windsor, N.J. -- The Pennington Players present an all-teenage
cast in "13 the Musical," a grown-up tale
about growing up, at Mercer County Community's Kelsey Theatre.
Dates and show times are: Fridays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 7:30
p.m.; Saturdays, July 30 and August 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays,
July 31 and August 7 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently
located on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with
the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 29.
lively rock 'n roll score by the Tony Award-winning composer
Jason Robert Brown and librettists Dan Elish and Robert Horn,
"13" follows 13-year-old Evan Goldman, who moves
from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, in the wake of his
parents' divorce. Evan is in survival mode -- just hoping
to make friends and get through his first year at Dan Quayle
Junior High School. But before he knows it, the school's star
quarterback is on his case, his only new friend, Patrice,
isn't talking to him, and the rumors are flying. This high
energy musical about the pains of growing up is for anyone
who has ever been a teen!
The show stars Tanner Mead, of Burlington, as Evan Goldman;
Matthew Blazejewski, of Trenton, as Archie; Meredith Brandt,
of Voorhees, as Patrice; Wesley Cappiello, of Hamilton, as
Brett; Melissa Geerlof, of Mercerville, as Molly; Jared Kirsch,
of Livingston, as Eddie; Natalia Maccaroni, of Robbinsville,
as Lucy; Caroline Purdy, of Cranbury, as Cassie; Karaline
Rosen, of Robbinsville, as Charlotte; Nicky Rosolino of Princeton
as Simon; Ellen Rothfuss, of Roosevelt, as Kendra; J. Scott,
of Allentown, as Malcolm; and Uvay Trivedi, of Columbus, as
local teen bands will be featured as pre-show entertainment
prior to several performances. (A ticket to the show is required
to hear the bands.) Read more about the bands and their performance
dates and times here.
Laurie Gougher is thrilled to bring "13" to the
Kelsey stage. "It's a wonderful story about that awkward
phase in life when kids have one foot in childhood and one
foot in adulthood. The show will appeal to everyone - current
teens, younger kids anticipating their teen years, parents
looking for insight into the teenage mindset, and nostalgic
adults." Goucher adds that the music is contagious, with
original rock numbers, get-up-and-dance R&B, and soulful
ballads that explore a wide spectrum of adolescent emotions.
The musical enjoyed a run on Broadway from 2008-09.
Gougher notes that the cast is delightful. "I really
enjoy working with young actors, especially at this age. They
are smart and talented and just coming into their own. Teenage
actors are often dismissed as too old to play cute children,
yet too young to play adult roles. It's the kind of show where
a young actor can really blossom and I'm proud to be a part
"13" cast, front row from left, Jared Kirsch, Caroline
Purdy and Matthew Blazejewski; standing from left, J Scott,
Melissa Geerlof, Karaline Rosen, Tanner Mead (as Evan Goldman),
Meredith Brandt, Wesley Cappiello, Ellen Rothfuss, Uvay Trivedi
and Natalia Maccaroni. Not pictured: Nicky Rosolino.
left, Ellen Rothfuss as Kendra, Wesley Cappiello as Brett
and Natalia Maccaroni as Lucy.
left, J. Scott as Malcolm, Jared Kirsch as Eddie, Uvay Trivedi
as Richie, Wesley Cappiello as Brett and Natalia Maccaroni
production staff also includes Beverly Kuo Hamilton, producer and
stage manager; Peter de Mets, musical director; John Boccanfuso,
choreographer; Ben Burwell, lighting design; and Kathy Slothower,
are $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, and $12 for students and children.
Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased
online or by
calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is
out the Kelsey Summer Festival is "Forever Plaid,"
a musical homage to guy groups of the 50's, Aug. 19-28.
a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre,
Theatre Summer Series
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