13: The Musical

13: The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Don Elish and Robert Horn. Spotlight Theatre, Benowra, Gold Coast. Director / Choreographer: Hannah Crowther. February 7 – 29th, 2020

Spotlight’s production of 13 is the result of their senior youth theatre class holding a three week intensive workshop during the school holidays and the cast and crew (under the guidance of a few adults) are responsible for a fantastic show!

What a great idea to introduce young people into all the workings of a major production and have them own the end result.

This type of training can only happen when everyone is dedicated and working to produce a show that they can all be proud of.

Many theatre companies could learn a lot from this example – no egos! Just dedication!

This production is packed with energy from the moment Evan (Hunter Wall) walks on stage and shares his world with the audience, through to his signing off at the conclusion of the performance.

Hunter is well supported by Liam Lockwood, Tymyka Wines and Michael Fryer (who stepped into the show a week before opening) and the entire all singing, all dancing company.

Credit must go the Director/Choreographer Hannah Crowther and Musical Director Matt Pearson as well as everyone connected to the production. This is theatre at its best and well deserving of the standing ovation at the curtain call.

I thoroughly recommend this show to everyone of any age.

What a fantastic experience! 

Congratulations to all concerned.

Roger McKenzie

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