Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. Thirteen-year old, Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parent’s divorce. Surrounded by an array of unsophisticated teenagers, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link in the food chain... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?! With an unforgettable bright, catchy pop score from Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years) comes a musical about fitting in – and standing out!
If Evan (Andrew Wainscott of Mokena) can’t get the coolest kids, Kendra (Jessi Sheppard of Peotone) and Brett (Conrad Sipiora of Chicago) to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life? As Evan navigates the world of nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand “What it Means to Be a Friend.” The show provides equal doses of humor and pathos, and is irresistible to grown ups and almost-grown ups alike. The cast includes: Aileen O’Carroll of Orland Park, Michael Palermo of Westchester, Robert Rigler of Rigler Lemont, Kayla Carson of Oak Lawn, Jennifer Glynn of Mount Greenwood, Estefania Flores of Tinley Park, Christy Carlson of Lockport, Luke Murphy of Darien, Bradford Bingham, and Jacob Rodriquez of Chicago.
The musical takes the audience to the transformative preteen years with “A Brand New You” and is directed by Theatre Department chairperson, Keith White of Joliet. Jeremy Landig of Lockport is the vocal director, and Jordin Richards ’16 of Tinley Park is the choreographer. Theatre professor and designer, Andrew Nelsen of Joliet brings the stagecraft magic, and resident costumer, Celeste Mackey of Crest Hill, is designing the colorful, playful costumes. Working behind the scenes are Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield (stage manager), Ashley Stajura of Lockport (assistant stage manager), Eric Redmon of Yorkville (master electrician), Zue Balquin of New Lenox and Briana Knutsen of Plainfield (microphones and sound reinforcement), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (light board operator), Olivia Ferrari of Peru and Chris Pupik of Naperville (follow spot operators), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director), and Mike Nutter of LaGrange (baskstage assistant). Jamie Voustros of Chicago and Hannah Krause of Mazon (box office and subscription managers), Sean Gallagher of Mokena and Ted Vermeils of Elk Grove Village (house managers).
13, the Musical is running from April 20-22 and April 26-29 and is recommended for patrons 10 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on April 28 which is a benefit performance for Regional CARE Association in Joliet. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult, $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Running time of the show is approximately 90 minutes and tickets are non-refundable. For more information patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.
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