For many years, Brandon has been blessed with quality musical theatre. From 7 Ages Productions, Mecca Productions and the three high schools one can always count on going to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium for a good time.
Neelin High School is no exception to that.
Quite a bit earlier than usual, Neelin will be performing its annual major production. This year, we are proud to present "13." This is the debut of "13" on the Westman stage, but performing a never-before-seen show in Brandon is no stranger to Neelin. For the past seven years, we have continued to showcase new productions, including two original shows written by the director herself, Melissa Lausman.
Now what is "13" about? Meet Evan Goldman, a native New Yorker preparing to become a man on his 13th birthday. With his bar mitzvah just around the corner, Evan wants his party to be perfect. Unfortunately, his parents are going through a rough divorce and he is forced to leave hip New York behind for Appleton, Ind., where no one has even heard about what a bar mitzvah is, let alone wants to go to one.
There, Evan is forced to make choices and grow. He needs to choose between being popular and having true friends. He has to learn about honesty, standing up for himself and what it means to be a man.
"13" is filled with the stereotypical characters that we all have encountered in elementary school. We have the jocks, the cheerleaders, the nerds, the geeks and the new kid, trying to find which clique he fits into. It also comes with the angst and melodrama that we have all encountered.
This is my last show as a Neelin student, so I feel a bit bittersweet going to these last few rehearsals before show week. After taking part in all four productions throughout my time at Neelin, I can truly say that they have been a highlight of my high school life and I would strongly encourage all students to partake in any way they can if they have the opportunity.
The show runs from Nov. 1- 3 with shows at 7:30 p.m. on all days and a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. Tickets are available online or at the WMCA box office.
The show opens in a week and a half so get your tickets before they run out!
» Aven Glufka is a Grade 12 student at Neelin High School.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 22, 2012