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2018-02-08 / Local News

Lancaster Middle takes on coming-of-age story


Emily Frankel as Lucy, left, Jamie Kaempf as Kendra, Jaden Helm as Brett, Vincent Conlon as Evan, Brody Brown as Archie, and Joella Adamec as Patrice will perform in “13” the musical at Lancaster Middle School. Opening night is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. 
Photo by Jim Smerecak Emily Frankel as Lucy, left, Jamie Kaempf as Kendra, Jaden Helm as Brett, Vincent Conlon as Evan, Brody Brown as Archie, and Joella Adamec as Patrice will perform in “13” the musical at Lancaster Middle School. Opening night is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Photo by Jim Smerecak The Lancaster Middle School drama club will be performing “13,” a coming-of-age story about New Yorker Evan Goldman’s upcoming bar mitzvah.

The production will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the school, 148 Aurora St. in Lancaster.

The musical will continue with the following performances: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11.

The story follows Evan as he tries to deal with his parents’ divorce, the upcoming bar mitzvah and an eventual move to Appleton, Indiana.

“When I directed ‘13’ for the first time in 2011, a powerful message was shared and I knew that this was a show that I would hope to have the opportunity to direct again,” said Mary Beth Conlon, music teacher at Lancaster Middle.

“Middle school years can best be summed up as a period of awkward adjustment. Educational expectations increase, and at the same time students are thrust into navigating the intricate world of social expectations.”

Conlon hopes that the musical teaches parents as much as students, as a reminder that sometimes it’s difficult to know when to step in and help and when to let children deal with problems on their own, and that one can always ask for advice at any age.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the middle school main office between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. All ticket sales are final.

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