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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, 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
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.”
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.