WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'....KATIE LOFTUS AND NOLAN MOSS

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 the third of this blog series, two more actors share their insights on the show and growing up.

For thirteen-year-old performers Nolan Moss and Katie Loftus being in 13 The Musical has been a great joy—and an opportunity to raise the bar for themselves.
KATIE LOFTUS
“The show has made me try to be a better performer,” says Moss,  “because I’m working with so many talented kids.”

Loftus, who plays cheerleader Cassie, believes the show’s themes on friendship resonate: “The show has made me really think about what I say and how bad it can hurt people.  I’m really trying to be nicer and consider other people’s feelings as well as mine.”
Nolan Moss
Both agree growing up is not easy, especially when you are trying to be your best.  Moss, who plays Simon in the show, continues to navigate the challenge:

“It’s a lot of pressure.  There’s pressure from parents to do good in school, pressure from society to be cool and pressure from friends to do whatever crazy stuff.”

It’s themes like these that make the Jason Robert Brown musical so appealing.  Whether your 13 or 35-or even older-, the challenges of friendship and setting your own course are relatable for all of us.

“I relate on a personal level (to the show),” says Loftus.  “I’m pretty sure everyone has felt left out at least once.  It really is the worst feeling in the world when you feel like you’re always reaching and never getting anything back.”

And it seems both of these young performers continue to reach for their dreams.  Loftus, from Townsend DE, pursues acting, dancing, and vocal training while attending MOT Charter School.

Nolan, an eighth grade student at Cab Colloway, is a member of the Delaware All-State Choir and is in a rock band.  

But his experience performing in this musical has been a unique one:

“It’s honestly been the best experience I have ever had in theatre and I’ve grown so much from it.” 

And it’s that enthusiasm and optimism that make being a teen surmountable – and what makes the young people in this show so special. 

“And being a teenager is honestly so confusing,” proclaims Loftus.  “Drama is literally every teenager’s middle name.   But there are some good things.  You are starting to write your own future rather than having someone write it for you.”


“The musical itself is just incredible,” exclaims Moss,  “and the cast even more so.  I think the audience leaves recognizing that no matter what happens- things always get better in the end.”


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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