You Have the O-P-P Opportunity to see 13
La Follette’s theatre program has grown immensely over the past few years with semi-new director, Joshua Brown. Productions that Brown has directed at La Follette include “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Seussical!”, and “Girls in the Boat”. This year, La Follette students will be putting on “13”.
“13” is about a soon-to-be 13 year old Jewish boy named Evan, played by Colton Curley (12), who moves from his home in New York City to a small town called Appleton, Indiana. There, he meets and befriends one of his new neighbors, Patrice, played by Tziah McNair (11). Popularity is very important for Evan, and he struggles to make the transition into the social environment of Appleton. Evan attempts to gain popularity by throwing the best party in town: his Bar Mitzvah. Meanwhile, a love triangle between best friends Kendra (Lydia Burke, 11), Lucy (Lauren Trowbridge, 12), and the most popular boy in school, Brett (Grant Borcherding, 12) occurs. All in all, “13” is about a lot of 13-year-old problems, which we’ve all experienced.
While a lot isgoing on onstage, there are also many moving parts behind the scenes. Stage crew is headed up by Christian Moura (11) as stage manager and Eli Milanich (12) as student tech director. Stage crew works multiple times a week to create sets, acquire props and costumes, and make sure everything runs smoothly come show time. Morgan Post runs the light board during the shows and works on cues to get the timing just right. The head of sound, McKenna Howard, runs the sound board so the microphones work and the audience can hear everything that’s going on onstage.
Working alongside director Joshua Brown, Jillian Ley is the assistant director. Ley graduated from La Follette in 2019 and was a part of the high school theatre scene herself, performing in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Seussical!”. The choreographer (person who creates and teaches the dances), Kimi Evelyn, has worked with La Follette for two shows, her last one being “Seussical!”. Pam Schroeder, recent choir teacher at La Follette before Mr. Blakeslee took over, was the vocal director for “Seussical!” last year and is back for “13” as well.
While “13” is about middle school issues, it’s also about looking at how far we’ve come since then. “A lot of the issues in ‘13’ deal with finding your identity, which is something a lot of us are still working on,” Grant Borcherding (12) said. Middle school has proven to be one of the hardest experiences in general, and this show really brings to light all of the issues that middle schoolers have to face every day.
If you’re interested in coming to support your fellow classmates and friends in “13”, buy tickets! The shows are on March 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, all starting at 7:30. There is also a 2:00 show on March 7th and the 14th. Listen to announcements for more information about how to order tickets!
Get ready to feel like a middle schooler again!