Taking a break from a rehearsal are cast members of the BCS production ‘13 — The Musical’ (front): Megan Stacey; (row 2, left to right): Joe Saleh and Luc LeMaire; (row 3): Marya Collins, Dan Dimick, and (rear): with Sarah Calzada.
Bolton Central School’s Drama Club is presenting “13 - The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22 in the Bolton Central School gym. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
The show explores themes including popularity, allegiances, and how character and friendship trumps other more superficial aspects of teen life.
The show is about a boy named Even who is about to turn 13 and have a bar mitzvah. His parents get divorced, and he moves to Indiana where he attempts to be accepted by the cool crowd. A variety of situations with entangled relationships end up prompting Evan to realize who his true friends are, according to BCS History Teacher Paul Weick who has directed seven dramatic shows at the school.
“The kids are excited about this musical because they can relate to it,” Weick said. “It’s a humorous show that also has a deeper meaning.”
Tenth grader Megan Stacey has a prominent role fo the third year in a row. Last year she played Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” and two years ago she performed a solo in the opening song of “Girl Crazy” two years ago.
Weick said he chose the “13 - The Musical” for the school’s 2014 production because a drama club student gave me a CD of the song track and he loved it, because of the great pop rock music.
Accompanying half of the musical’s songs will be a live band featuring Tyler Dawson on guitar, Dan Malone on the drums, and Laura Weick on piano.
For the most part, students will be wearing their own clothing because it’s a contemporary show — and the set will be minimal with some backdrops created by the students.
Weick asks parents to note that the musical is rated PG and contains some mature topics and insinuations that may not be suitable for younger children.
Students in the cast are: Josh Baker, Sarah Calzada, Marya Collins, Carson Courchaine, Dan Dimick, Zoe Gavin, Nyla Green, Warren Hughes, Luc LeMaire, Sheyera Little, Kiara Mantz, Lindsay Markham, Micaela Perrelli, Maddy Pratt, Mackenzie Roberts, Joe Saleh, Abbie Seamans, Molly Showers, Megan Stacey, Kenzie Tennent, and Kaitlin Whitford.