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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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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
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.”
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.
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced. Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. "Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being …