Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime.
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) Pittsburg Community Theatre's first show of the season, "13," is a musical about fitting in – and standing out.
Set to open on March 9 for area schools with a special daytime performance at 9 a.m., and March 10-12 for the public, the former Broadway show “13” is an hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that "cool" is sometimes where we least expect it.
It tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents’ divorce.
Surrounded by an array of simple-minded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order.
The stories that come to life as he attempts to make new friends are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless.
Among those friends: Patrice. She’s an outcast. Ostracized by her peers, she finds a friend in Evan when he moves to town. The two of them become friends with Archie, a student made fun of by his classmates for his physical disability.
Then there are Kendra and Lucy, who fight over Brett, the hottest and most popular guy in school. Twenty other characters round out the cast.
The show is being directed by Greg Shaw, PCT board member who is the Pittsburg High School theatre teacher and also directs shows for Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. For the cast, he sought the area's best teen performers.
The show is musically directed by MJ Harper, who portrayed “Mama Rose” in last summer’s “Gypsy” and is a vocal music and theater instructor in Ft. Scott, Kansas.
The show’s band is under the direction of Cooper Neil, PHS instrumental music teacher, who just wrapped direction of the band that performed “Seussical,” a musical directed by Shaw at Memorial Auditorium earlier this month.
“I think teenagers should especially come see this show because I am sure they can all relate, whether they were the one in these situations or they knew people like the characters in the show,” said Alexis Daniels, a PHS student who plays Kendra. “It has a great score and is very entertaining.”
McKenna Shaw, a PHS student who plays Patrice in this show and has played her before in a theatre in Kansas City, said adults and teens alike should see the show.
“It provides a good message of kindness for teens going through these tough years right now,” she said. “As for adults, it brings a sense of nostalgia for them as they look back on their teen years. It's fun for the whole family.”
Tickets may be purchased and printed online at www.memorialauditorium.org, or by calling the Memorial Auditorium box office at 620-231-7827, or stopping by the box office at 503 N. Pine. Cost: $12 reserved seating, main floor, adults; $10 reserved seating, main floor, children 13 and under, and seniors; $8 general admission, balcony.
Rehearsals are underway for "13," our musical about teens, by teens, for teens. Directed by PHS Theatre teacher Greg Shaw, this Broadway musical will come to life on our stage March 9-11, with a special showing for area schools on March 8 (To reserve a spot, call 620-231-7827).
Tickets will go on sale soon at www.memorialauditorium.org. Details can be found on our show page.
Director John Mazurek has been active in numerous productions by PCT and Midwest Regional Ballet for 10 years, having gotten involved with his two sons and his wife. Recent roles in include Oz in “The Wizard of Oz” (2013), Pa Joad in “Grapes of Wrath” (2014), a crooner in “My Way” (2015) and Ms. Gutzman in “June B. Jones” (2016). He picked this show as his directorial debut because he loves Neil Simon’s writing, and because he wanted to bring laughter to the audience. By day, John is a Pittsburg attorney at Mazurek Law Office and is the city prosecutor for the City of Pittsburg. He’s an avid golfer and enjoys attending shows throughout the region. Tickets are on sale now at www.memorialauditorium.org! #PCTOddCouple
Sarah Hall, who has had character and ensemble roles in a variety of shows including PCT’s “Gypsy” in both 1991 and 2016, “Annie” (1992), and “Our Town” (1991) portrays Gwendolyn Pigeon. Gwendolyn, a widow, is one of Oscar and Felix's giggly upstairs neighbors, a pair of English sisters. In real life, Sarah is married and has a daughter active in the performing arts. A Frontenac resident, she is a stay-at-home mom and co-owner of B&R Electric. She’s excited to be part of a small, all-adult cast — a departure from the large casts of her youth. Sarah loves cooking, reading, and supporting her daughter’s interests. Tickets are on sale now at www.memorialauditorium.org! #PCTOddCouple
MJ Harper, who wowed audiences with her powerhouse vocals as Mama Rose in this summer’s musical, “Gypsy,” brings Cecily Pigeon to life. Cecily is a divorcée and one of Oscar and Felix's giggly upstairs neighbors, a pair of English sisters. In real life, MJ is an elementary music teacher in Ft. Scott. She’s been on stage since she was a little girl and frequently performs with the American Opera Studio in Kansas City, sings in the FUMC Chancel Choir, plays violin with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra whenever possible, and teaches private lessons in piano, voice, and violin. MJ loves Zumba, crocheting, and reading. Tickets are on sale now at www.memorialauditorium.org! #PCTOddCouple
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