The Renaissance Theatre will host auditions for the Mansfield Youth Theatre production of 13 on Monday, January 13 and on Wednesday, January 15 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield.

Appointments are not required for auditions. Those auditioning must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the audition (unless still attending high school during the 2019-20 school year). Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a 16-32 measure excerpt from a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Some actors may be asked to read a short scene from the script. Those auditioning should bring a list of schedule conflicts between the dates of auditions and the performances of 13. Performance dates are March 26 through 29, 2020.

All performances will be held at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166. 13 will be directed by Dauphne Maloney, with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors.

13 is written for those who are burgeoning toward teenage life, and those who remember it. With music written by Jason Robert Brown, and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, 13 dives into universally understood experiences, including the frustration and delights of those tumultuous teenaged times; and is “a grown-up story about growing up”. When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year — easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail, and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. Celebrating just over a decade since its release in 2008, this innovative musical broke the mold on Broadway when it opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 5, 2008. In an inspired creative decision, 13 was the first Broadway musical to have a cast and band composed entirely of teenagers (including a pre-superstar Ariana Grande). Since its general release into the amateur market, 13 has been performed by thousands of organizations in the US alone.

13 is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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