Last night I ventured to Broadway to catch 13: The Musical while it’s still in previews. The show tells the story of 13-year-old Evan who’s living the dream in New York City’s Upper West Side. That is, until his dad runs off with a stewardess and his mom tells Evan to pack his bags because they’re moving to Indiana—right on the brink of his big Bar Mitzvah celebration. As with any high school situation, Evan struggles finding his niche at his new digs, dipping a toe in each clique to see where he fits. But the best part of this show isn’t the storyline—it’s the all-teenage cast (musicians included) that pulls off the show without a hitch. Every person onstage throughout the duration of the 90-minute show (no intermission!) is a teenager and every single one dances, sings and acts.
With Broadway opening its doors to young entertainers with shows like 13 and Billy Elliot The Musical, it should serve as a direct inspiration for DS readers. You don’t have to wait until you’re 25 to land a role on the Great White Way! Sure, as a 15-year-old you may not be up for one of the leads in Wicked, but there are tons of opportunities out there for you. So seize the day. Work hard, stay focused on your goals, make a trip to NYC every now and then to take classes alongside the pros and don’t be afraid to audition, even if you think the role may not be right for you. Every experience is a beneficial one in your dance career!
For the full scoop on 13: The Musical, keep your eyes peeled for the November issue of DS!