WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...JACOB TRACEY AND EVELYN SCHIAVONE

The Media Music Theatre Company (MMTC) in Media, PA and The Wilmington Drama League in Wilmington, DE have partnered to bring Jason Robert Brown’s high-energy “13,The Musical” to Media for two weekends May 30 – June 8. 

The production features thirteen talented actors from the Delaware and Pennsylvania areas who have found a unique kinship performing this entertaining and insightful musical together.  In this blog series, the actors share their insights on being a teen, the show, and each other.
Jacob Tracey

Jacob Tracey, one of the oldest actors in the show, plays the ditsy Malcom.  He has been influenced immensely by his experience performing in “13”: “I’m inspired to become more open and to come out of my shell even more into a whole new world.” 

Actress Evelyn Schiavone who struts her stuff as the gossipy Molly agrees: “I relate to it a lot because I’m 13, and I feel all the same emotions as all of the characters in the story.”
Evelyn Schiavone

And what a story! The musical chronicles the trials and tribulations of 13 thirteen-year-olds as they face the realities of friendship, faith and family while finding their place in the world.  There’s romance, gossip, intrigue, heartbreak and even a couple of fights – all choreographed to an excellent Jason Robert Brown score. 

Being on the verge of “teendom” has its challenges and Tracey, who has been at it longer than the role he plays, faces them daily: “Being a teenager in today’s world is hard.  We have to live up to the expectations of our peers, parents and teachers.  Some of us strive and push ourselves to the limit while others don’t work at all.” 

And it’s that pressure to be perfect that Schiavone, one of the youngest of the cast, finds most difficult:  “I’ve been trying to make the best of the situations I’m in.  Parents should be way more understanding of teens.”

And that’s what makes this group of teens identify with each other.  After rehearsals began for the Wilmington production back in November they’ve relied on and supported each other as performers and friends.  

And what does Jacob Tracey- who is studying at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in DE -take away most from the experience? “Follow what you want to do, not what others want you to do.”
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, the writer of Broadway’s current “Bridges of Madison County” as well as “Parade” and “The Last Five Years” among others, “13” is a 
poignant musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.  

The show boasts a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is having a great life…until his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move with his Mom from NYC to Indiana!  The show features a cast of teens portraying 13-year-old characters dealing with the perils of middle school. This high-energy show was Broadway’s first all-teenage cast, and has many humorous and touching moments.


For tickets to 13 The Musical at The Media Theatre May 30 – June 8, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.







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