Del Oro drama presents musical comedy "13"

Performances are 7:30 p.m., April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Del Oro High School actors are bringing the angst of middle to school to life for audiences in the musical comedy “13.” The production debuts at 7:30 p.m., tonight, April 19 and continues with five more performances on April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, at the Del Oro Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students. ‘The issues are very relevant, especially to teenagers. It’s about love, friendship, rumors, betrayal and coming of age,” said Jeff Johnson, Del Oro drama teacher and the show’s director. Johnson said the music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown, and Dan Elish and Robert Horn wrote the book. He said 19 students are in the cast and they will be accompanied by live music. Stage manager Alec Irwin, who is a sophomore, said “13” is the story of a 12-year-old whose parents are divorcing and he has to move to Indiana, where he has no friends and tries to plan his Bar mitzvah party. “Everything in his life is terrible, but he thinks he can plan this big bash that will be great. It’s about the funny things that 13-year-olds do – first kiss, first horror movie,” Alec said. Kadence Dan is the show publicist and she said the show features 17 music and dance numbers and is about the “social life of middle school.” Junior Nate Ayers, in his first Del Oro production, plays the star, Evan Goldman. “Evan gets completely uprooted and put in a place where he doesn’t fit in and he tries to make everyone happy. He dresses well, but he’s a geek. He’s just trying to figure it all out,” Nate said. Thirteen-year-old freshman Jack Tjornhom plays Archie who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy and uses his malady to try and get a date with the most popular girl at school. According to Johnson, “13” is a coming of age story about Evan Goldman, a New Yorker who is planning his bar mitzvah party when he learns his parents are divorcing and he is moving to Indiana with his mother. Evan strives to integrate himself with the cool crowd, so he can have a big bar mitzvah bash, but his path is complicated. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life, and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him in the wake of his betrayal of her. “13” is a funny, high-energy musical about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. Freshman Taylor Follett plays Malcolm. “He’s one of the popular guys and best friends with one of the most popular guys,” Taylor said. “The numbers are really fun and energetic,” she said. Sarah Dietz, a junior, sings and dances in this, her first high school production. “I love it. It’s a lot of fun. People are really nice and cool,” she said. The rest of the cast includes Ashlee Petretti as Patrice, Ben Kaiser as Brett, Makenzie Massagli as Eddie, Meghan Trask as Kendra, Bri Mattal as Lucy, Judith Morgan as Cassie, Emma Clair Brock as Charlotte, Marisa Willson as Molly, Kiersten Hammond as Richie, and Emily Bushey as Simon. For more information, go to or call 652-7243. “13” Who: Del Oro High School drama What: Musical comedy about coming of age, with live music When: 7:30 p.m., tonight, Thursday, April 19, and 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 Where: Del Oro Performing Arts Center, 3301 Taylor Road Rated: PG-13 Tickets: $12 general, $10 students Information: 652-7243,