WHO'S WHO IN '13, THE MUSICAL'...AMANDA DEFILIPPIS AND LYNDIE MOE

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.  The show opened to enthusiastic audiences this past weekend and continues through Sunday.

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. Lyndie Moe and Amanda DeFilippis play opposite one another as the friends (and sometimes enemies) Lucy and Kendra.

Two of the older members of this young cast, they’ve gained some personal experience in dealing with the challenges of being a teenager.
AMANDA DEFILIPPIS

“You never know what to expect,” muses DeFilippis who will be entering her senior year at Delaware’s Cab Calloway School of the Arts in September.  “One day you are on the top of the world and the next you are spiraling downward.  The ride is long and sometimes difficult but you always know that you are having the best time of your life.”

Moe, also a student at Cab, plays the scheming gossip Lucy.  She believes the experience of 13 The Musical offers a road map of sorts for new teens. “Trust your instincts, follow your heart and stand up for what you believe in,” she says.  “Being a teenager can be stressful at times, so it’s important to remember not to sweat the small stuff.”

DeFilippis plays the saccharine sweet Kendra, the girl who all the boys love. She also sees positive themes throughout the musical that resonate personally. “I’ve been through similar situations of bullying, trying to figure out where I belong and learning to stand up for myself.  So I am able to connect with the characters and make Kendra more realistic.”
LYNDIE MOE

Both young ladies are active in theatre and beyond.  Moe is a competitive travel volleyball player and a member of the Imagination Players, a charitable group that spreads goodwill in her community.  DeFilippis is a committed student and member of the Science Olympiad and a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer.

Both are fans of Jason Robert Brown’s score and how it reflects their experiences during this exciting time of their lives. “The music is an inspiration in itself,” exclaims Moe.  “I never tire of the score.  This is my third time doing this musical.  I’ve actually played Kendra and Patrice as well!”

DeFilippis is equally enamored with the opportunity be part of this production, especially for the friendships she’s forged. She says, “The musical means so much to me.  I love everyone in my cast and am glad to have met such wonderful and loving people.”

And if there is one message DeFilippis thinks audiences will take away from the show? “Take a step back and figure out who your real friends are. Be yourself.   We all have a little more homework 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 Now thru June 8, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.


  





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