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Vancouver Theatre: 13: The Musical

Cast of 13 : The Musical. Photo by Anita Alberto

13 :The  Musical
Directed by Chris Adams
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn
A BringOn Tomorrow Co. Production
Waterfront  Theatre, Granville Island
Sept 28 to Oct 9. 2017

The Cast at the movies. Photo by Nicol Spinola Vancouver, BC: A successful Broadway musical with the entire cast as well as the band made up of teenagers?  Seems an unlikely scenario, and yet that was the situation when 13 opened on Broadway in October of 2008.
 
Although this Vancouver production does not have teenagers as band members, the cast features 19 local teen actors, who despite their youth seem to have accumulated a wealth of experience in stage and film work. The teens bring an authenticity to the story line that would otherwise, from the perspective of an adult, seem trivial.
 
Julia MacLean and Graham Verchere. Photo by Anita AlbertoTwelve year old Evan Goldman (Graham Verchere) is eagerly anticipating his Bar mitzvah, when his parents' divorce means that he must move with his mom from New York city to Appleton, a small town in Indiana. As a newbie in town Evan is caught between wanting to be part of the “cool kids”, and not hurting his new but not-so-cool friends Patrice (Julia MacLean) and Archie (Julian Lokash).
 
 Kyra Leroux, Jason Sakaki and Michelle Creber. Photo by Anita AlbertoEvan impresses Brett (Jason Sakaki), leader of the cool kids by suggesting how he can win over Kendra (Kyra Leroux). Evan gets  them all together at a horror movie. Mean while Lucy (Michelle Creber) who has her eyes set on Brett, plots to get him to dump Kendra. In the end Evan figures it all out.  
 
Overall the cast did an awesome job. Loved their energy, and the way they performed together in the dance sequences. 
The show runs from tonight to Sunday.  Tickets are available here