It is Friday night in the Royal City, what better way to spend an evening than to take in a live performance and watch 13 THE MUSICAL at the Guelph Little Theatre.
My date for the evening was my 13-year-old daughter and her 2 giggling teeny bobber friends. This is the first play of the Guelph Little Theatre 2019-2020 season and the musical runs until October 6th.
The 3 gigglers beside me who are currently seniors in their secondary school all said how much the loved the performance. When asked if they could relate with the characters they all smiled and said, “Oh for sure, it so true to life!”
Jen and Paul Barson the producers of the show commented, “When 13 The Musical was originally produced on Broadway, the musicians were teens as well as actors. We wanted to take that to the next level for our production here at GLT and we staffed almost all the backstage roles with youth volunteers as well.” The director, Thea Lale a young women said in the playbill that she had never written a Director’s note before.
We watched the coming of age story play out as 13-year-old lead actor Evan Goldman moves from New York City to small town Appleton, Indiana. He is coming to terms with his newly divorced parents, while trying to fit in with the “cool kids’ at his new school. He hopes they will all attend his bar mitzvah, when giving out the invites describing it as a fun party to his newly non-Jewish classmates.
Looking around the audience which was all ages I could not help but think they too were reliving their school days as well. Some memories good and some not so good.
The 5 piece live band was great and was a great addition to the rock score of the coming of age musical. The music was incredible and like any music does it helped bring the character alive. The many solos in the play and the singing was hard to belief for such young performers.
We watched as Evan navigated many emotions being the new kid in school attempting to fit in with the jocks, pretty girls, cheerleaders, cool guys, and the outcasts.
The set was simple but very well done. You could visualize many of the different scenes. I especially liked the simple painted boxes used throughout the play which did not feel repetitive at all.
There was a lot of interest in the initial try outs for the casting call of this play. There were 80 people who auditioned for the 13 acting roles. All of the actors are in the up and coming stages and all exhibited a high level of professionalism.
The ending of this 2 act play brought the packed house to a standing ovation with lots of applause for the amazing talented group of young men and women who told the story so wonderfully.
This play is just one of many you can attend for the new season of the Guelph Little Theatre. Check out the link to purchase tickets, https://guelphlittletheatre.com/big-shows/tickets/. Thanks GLT for a great evening. We look forward to the next show!