May 28, 2014: Bronxville Middle School will present the musical 13, by Jason Robert Brown, on Saturday, May 31, at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 1, at 3:00 pm. The musical will be performed in the Wright Theater at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, and tickets are $10 at the door.
13 is about a kid named Evan who lives in New York City and has the perfect life until his parents get divorced and he is forced to move with his mother to Appleton, Indiana. He feels all is hopeless until he meets a girl named Patrice, who befriends Evan the moment he arrives in Appleton. He then has but one mission: to get all the cool kids in school to come to his bar mitzvah or else spend the rest of his academic career banished to the land of the geeks. 13 is about finding out who you are, finding out what you need, and finding out what's really important. It's about friendship and the turmoil of being thirteen.
Director Lindsey Blackhurst, who has directed several middle school productions and is one of the middle school chorus and drama teachers at Bronxville Middle School, said of 13: "This music is incredibly difficult . . . there are a lot of tricky rhythms and intervals in the score." Natalie Arenzon (10th grade) is assistant director for the second year in a row, having assisted Ms. Blackhurst with last year's production of Guys and Dolls.
While the students have to learn to put themselves into their characters' shoes and learn all the music, they also have to incorporate dance steps and staging--especially challenging this year, as the students won't get to practice in the actual space until the four days of production week.
Sarah Jane Johnson, choreographer and a former college classmate of Blackhurst's, has risen to the challenge. Her amazing talents have helped the middle school students learn not only about the power of words and music, but also about dancing and movement of the body. Alexa Shephard (9th grade) is assistant choreographer.
As a special treat this year, singers and dancers will be accompanied live by professional musicians: Dr. Jonathan Faiman, who is also the rehearsal pianist, will play keyboard; Bill Reeve, drums; and Oren Fader, guitar. Bronxville senior Josh Bothwell will play bass guitar.
In addition to the normal excitement that accompanies a production, there was added stress this year because a stage had to be found, since the school's auditorium is unavailable while it is undergoing renovations. Sarah Lawrence College generously stepped up and donated space. Judith Schwartzstein, director of public affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, said, "As neighbors and friends, Sarah Lawrence College is so pleased to be able to provide the venue for the middle school theater production this year." She emphasized that "strong connections between the school and the college are important to us and the vigor of our Bronxville community."
The Bronxville School and students are grateful for the generosity of Sarah Lawrence and are looking forward to performing in the intimate Wright Theater, with its thrust stage surrounded on three sides by audience.
With a cast of over 50 and student crew of 15, this lively musical in the professional Wright Theater is sure to be a sold-out crowd pleaser for all ages. Don't miss it!
Evan: Griffin Garbarini (Saturday afternoon, Ryan Staunton); Patrice: Claire Kraemer (Saturday afternoon, Sarah Billings); Brett: Max Laval; Malcolm: Jack Moore; Eddie: Tomas Gibbons; Kendra: Alice O'Connell (Saturday afternoon: Norah Foley); Archie: Matthew Pytosh; Lucy: Jamie Brusco (Saturday afternoon: Catie Burnell); Cassie: Nicole Torres; Charlotte: Anna Torres; Molly: Andrea Shephard; Trio of Girls joining in "It Can't Be True": Hana Eddib, Lily Monahan, and Kat Ungvary; Richie: Jimmy Hennessey; Simon: Isak Davydov; Rabbis/Kids: Allison Barker, Rachel Billings, Hana Eddib, Margaux Frohlich, Katie Gordon, Lily Monahan, Kara Regan, Kat Ungvary, and Ariana Velez; Cheerleaders/Kids: Hayley Berry, Libby Bishop, Ella Crawford, Ella Crystal, Eva Dani, Jadyn Horin, Sunday Ladas, Keiko Mitsui, Sofia Ricciarini, Viktoria Schmuck, Holly Ungvary, and Frances Whyte; Kids: Charlie Ambrose, Eve Balseiro, Michelle Coppola, Jackie Coquillette, Isak Davydov, Sofia Fenner, Larkin Flanagan, Arisa Hara, Sam Huss, Graana Khan, Patrick Krall, Gaby Laval, Naoko Mitsui, Anna Normand, Nastja Popkova, Jack Ruhanen, Juliet Stills, and Mia Stills.
Stage manager/props/run crew: Maddie Hanley; tech director/lighting board: Kenny Taylor; sound board operator: Leo Gretzinger; stage manager/calling: Lilly Martin; run crew head: Luke Redman; run crew: Emma Estes, Jacoby Goodson, Ben Hanley, Aiden Hiller, Xavier Layton, and Gabriella Pacitto; follow spot: Roberto Gandara; projector: Alex Swenson; props/costumes: Erin Kaye and Nora Triandis.
Note: Managing logistics of the production are drama mama Cira Marmolejos and a host of parent volunteers. For information about ticket availability, please email Trish Burnell at
13 is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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