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After co-directing “The Little Mermaid Jr.” together in September, and having such a terrific time, we knew that our next directing adventure together would be epic. However, we never imagined how much fun we would have venturing back to middle school! “13 the Musical” is a great way to look back and reflect on the years when we were growing up, and finding our place in the world. Everyone can relate to those awkward years when we didn’t yet understand who we were, and who we wanted to be. And what’s more, we learn that we never stop growing, no matter our age. There is always more to do and learn in life.
This amazingly talented cast has been a wonderful group to work with, and we think that we have learned as much from them as they have from us. This material is challenging and complicated, but these kids consistently wowed us with their abilities and dedication. We are so thankful to all of the parents who have supported them and their commitment to a show that is definitely anything but a children’s show. We are also so grateful to our production team who have worked so hard to make this the best possible show. They are some of the absolute best people out there: Sheryl, Melanie, Jan, Kari, Carl, Jared and Cary – all talented and busy adults who consistently gave of their time and abilities.
No matter the age of the person working on “Team 13”, we’ve all learned some pretty valuable lessons during this journey: we work best together, learning from each other, and that we all have “A Little More Homework To Do.” Thank you so much for supporting these awesome kids and their families, and for supporting Zanesville Community Theatre!
Sarah and Jillian
Sheryl Wise (Music Director) – When I first learned of this show I said, a show about a group of teenagers…count me out because I live it EVERY day as a teacher. But, as I listened to the music and read the script my mind was quickly changed. The story is funny, heart-breaking, and so true to life. As to the kids in this show…all I can say is WOW! They have tackled music as hard or harder than many shows written for adults. How many groups of 11-15 year olds sing three and four part harmony, while dancing, remember their lines, AND do it all WELL?! They have been a joy. I have also relived my own school music years by sharing the pit with longtime friend and fellow saxophone player from the ZHS band, Tom Thompkins although we are both playing keyboards in this show! We have enjoyed having two current ZHS music students completing our ensemble with Cole on drums and Emerson on bass guitar. This is an example of one of our priorities at ZCT to give talented students the opportunity to perform in many capacities. I also want to give extra thanks to my Philo music colleague, Kari Scott. Her assistance has been invaluable because of her understanding of teaching music to teenagers and being able to divide the work load. One of my favorite lines from the show is “just put one foot in front of the other, and just keep walking on”. I have so enjoyed this theater walk with some of the most talented kids in our area along with a great production team.
In real life, I have been married to my long-suffering husband Dan for 36 years, and am the mother of a president, as Jillian is the President of ZCT, and coincidently, one of the directors of this production. It is always a delight to have the opportunity to work with her. I am the Director of Religious Education at St. Thomas Aquinas, which brings great joy to my life. It has been my incredible joy and privilege to work with this extremely talented, young and committed cast to bring “13” to life on Zanesville Community Theatre’s stage for your enjoyment. Oh, and did I mention young? Don’t let their youth fool you. They can give many “older folks” a run for their money. In addition to their talent, they are among the most polite and caring group of young people that we have in this area, and they give us hope for the future. In addition, many thanks to Jan Baughman, Assistant Producer, for all of the ideas and efforts that she brought to the table, as well as the talented and numerous volunteers that bring productions to the stage for your enjoyment.
Jan Baughman (Assistant Producer) – Zanesville Community Theatre (ZCT) has for several years now been a wonderful place at which my daughters, Katelyn and Allison, spend quite a bit of time – in the audience, backstage, and onstage. Necessarily then, my husband, Chris, and I spend quite a bit of my time at ZCT as well, and I am so very glad that we do! The folks who bring you the fantastic productions at ZCT six times a year have become like extended family to us, and while I do not personally yearn to venture onstage, I’ve found all sorts of joy over the past ten years in assisting with any manner of backstage tasks such as cleaning, ushering and working concessions, and operating a follow spot! For “13: The Musical”, I’ve stepped into the assignment of Assistant Producer, where I’ve enjoyed a whole new aspect of the theatre! It has been wonderful to work with the amazingly talented folks who come together to put on a show like this … the directors (Jillian and Sarah), musical directors (Sheryl and Kari), graphic artist (Rebecca), the producer (Melanie), stage crew (Jared and Cary), lighting/tech/treasurer (Carl), the board members, the incredible teen cast members and their parents, and most especially all 13 of the wonderful local businesses who kindly sponsored our endeavor! When I am not at the theatre with my girls, I am an attorney and title agent at Allen & Baughman/ABC Title Agency, LLC. Thank you to ALL who helped bring this show to stage, and I hope you enjoy the show as much as I do!
Carleton B. Underwood (Lighting and Sound Designer and Technical Support) – I prefer to be invisible with what I do. I would rather the lighting, sound, and other technical elements I bring to the telling of the story be unknown to you. Unless you’re looking specifically for the elements, I expect you just to enjoy or appreciate the story we tell.
I’ve always held an interest in the technical aspects of theatre, in how we can tell the story with quality as well as making the execution of the story telling consistent and repeatable.
When I was getting ready to retire in 2005, I bought myself an AudioBox from Richmond Sound Design, LTD and started down the path of cued sound playback and Show Control. No more reel-to-reel tape and spot sound! Much easier to get consistencies in playback as well as integrate live sound.
In 2012, I purchased a Broadway class lighting console to “learn new things” and bring some extra complexity in cues and lighting looks. At the same time, develop cued shows and utilize new technologies and help in the story telling.
Into the Woods used LED wash lighting to good measure, as did The Little Mermaid. 13 continues the tradition and there is no going back! And I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Like to come along too? Come to auditions or use the Contact Form on the web site. You may also snag one of the production team for 13 and let them know of your interests.
Theatre is a collaborative effort. Come join the fun!
We Thank our “13” Sponsors
Allen & Baughman, Attorneys
Dr. Gregory Anderson, DDS
Brenwood of Zanesville, LLC
Clay City Sportswear, LLC
The Community Bank
T.J. Edwards, DDS
Goss Supply Co.
Hamilton, Waltman, Obenour, Melsheimer & Associates, LLC
Kessler Outdoor Advertising
Movement on Main
Kari Scott for Cast (c) 2016, used with permission
Dan Olson for Carleton Underwood, used with permission
JK Images Photography www.jkimages.zenfolio.com
D and Re Photography firstname.lastname@example.org
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