13: The Musical

13: The Musical
Book Dan Elish and Robert Horne. Music and Lyrics Jason Robert Brown. National Academy of Performing Arts Summer School. Helensvale Cultural Centre, Gold Coast. Director / Choreographer: Kim Reynolds. January 21st – 24th, 2014

13 – The Musical was an ideal vehicle to showcase the talents of an amazing group of triple- threat teenagers. Director/Choreographer Kim Reynolds and her production team of Assistant Greta Brinsley and Musical Director Matt Pearson presented a very entertaining show. I found it refreshing to see all characters being played by performers of that age.

The story line is that of a 12 year old boy about to become a “man” when he turns 13 and the importance this milestone has in the Jewish faith. His aim is to have a memorable celebration – his dilemma; having just moved from the Big Apple to a small country town, he only has a couple of friends, so desperate times call for desperate measures.

In a strong line-up of teen performers several rated special mention: Flynn Anderson, Ebony Pitchers, Michael Fryer, Nadine Chia, Ethan Robinson and Harmony Heathcote portrayed the lead characters in this very entertaining production and the clever use of “projected scenes” gave the show pace.

Roger McKenzie

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