The Montverde Academy Theatre Department is pleased to announce that 13, the musical and Big River will be the mainstage productions for our 2016-2017 school year.

13-the-musical-Bway-wide-logo13, the musical, has a book by noted children’s literature author Dan Elish and music and lyrics by multiple award winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

13 begins as teenage Evan Goldman is uprooted from his home in New York City and moved to small-town Appleton, Indiana after his parents’ divorce.  He now has one mission: establish his place in the popularity pecking order so all the cool kids in school will come to his Bar Mitzvah.  Now Evan has to navigate being the new kid and fitting in without losing the only true friends he’s ever had.

The show will certainly appeal to audience members in their teens, but will also speak to older patrons, who will recognize both their children’s and their own adolescent journey into adulthood.  Everyone can find something familiar within the “coming of age” storyline and the characters’ search for identity.  The composer, Jason Robert Brown, commented: “The show is about trying to find how and where you fit in, learning to be comfortable with who you are as opposed to who you think you’re supposed to be. I think that’s universal.”  13, the musical, deals with innocence, ignorance, intolerance, and, finally, acceptance as it follows the main character, Evan, on his journey to “becoming a man.”

Big-River-Bway-logoBig River is the award-winning musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s timeless classic The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBig River sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel: the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; and the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.


Article submitted by MVA Theatre Arts instructor Adrian Wright-Ahern