KCUR Spotlights “13”

Kansas City’s Teenage Cast of ’13’ Gets Intensive Broadway Training

by Steve Walker, KCUR 90.1FM

February 19, 2016

What does it mean to be an American teenager? That’s been a question posed everywhere from The Catcher in the Rye to Huckleberry Finn. It’s also the subject of the Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of the musical 13, a show about adolescents — with a cast made up of nineteen of them.

At a recent rehearsal for the company’s production of 13, sets are under construction and the musical director is tinkering with the score.

While one teenager after another arrives with scripts in hand, directors Michael Grayman and Andrew Parkhurst talk about what drew them to a musical that’s much less well known than their previous shows like West Side Story.

13 was the only Broadway show of a cast completely comprised of teenagers,” Grayman says. “And we loved the idea of working with kids…”

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