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January 6, 2017 PAGE 1 OF 2

PRESS RELEASE: Performance Announcement
For Immediate Release

Contact: Nicolette C. Andersen/ Adrian Oceguera
559/891-2238
nicolettea@cityofselma.com
ocegueraadrian@gmail.com

The Selma Arts Center presents
13 The Musical
February 17- 25 2017

SELMA, CA—The Selma Arts Council announces the Selma Art Center’s production of “13 The Musical”, running Friday, February 17th , Saturday, February 18th , Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th , at 7:00PM with matinee performances on, Saturday, February 18th , Sunday, February 19th and Saturday, February 25th at 2:00PM at the Selma Arts Center, 1935 High Street, Selma, CA, 93662.

A hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it.
Geek! Poser! Jock! Beauty Queen! Wannabe! These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents’ divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

The Selma Arts Center’s production of “13” is directed by first time director Adrian Oceguera and co- director Elizabeth Hampton, with vocal direction by Chavaleh Forgey, who is also the musical director of Visalia’s Theater Arts Alliance. The show will feature a live band conducted by Forgey and is energetically choreographed by Michael Flores (In the Heights & Heathers). This funny and meaningful story is perfect for preteens, teenagers and adult audiences, rated “PG” for language and some mild adult content.

This is the first all youth production for the Selma Arts Center that is not related to the Junior Company, featuring teen actors from all over the valley. It was Selma’s goal to bring a show that appealed to a younger audience and a younger audition bracket.

“13 is focused on giving those who are stuck in the theater age gap by being too old for junior shows and too young for adult shows,” said Director Adrian Oceguera. “This musical gives teens the opportunity to shine and gain experience as they transition into the adult theater and musical world. Being that they are of the relative age, these actors can connect to their characters on a more personal level.”

The cast is led by Josh Peters (Evan) and Brittany Smith (Patrice) and features Kevin Carrillo (Archie), Samuel Walls (Brett), Alex Hernandez (Eddie), Cameron Forgey (Malcolm), Nia Luchau (Lucy), Jessica Peters (Kendra), Anna Armstrong (Charlotte), Anysah Galvan (Cassie), Alexis Castellanos (Molly), Kylie Gardner (Richie), Troy Keller (Simon), Gracie Dodson (Emma), Steven Hayes (Wyatt) and ensemble members Mariah Lopez, Gerda Metsma, Sadahri Wren, Erin Forgey, Kailee Ortiz, Jordi Gonzalez, Joey Zamora, Gilbert Gonzalez, Alice Nguyen, April Valle, Nicole Wagoner and Kira Wilson.

See our live action poster! Audiences can watch our live action poster and save on their tickets by downloading the free app AURASM on their smartphone and follow the “Selma Arts Center’ profile- Scan the poster and click through the animation for your coupon code. Audiences can also follow us on our Facebook page (Selma Arts Center), Instagram (@selma_arts_center), and Snapchat (@selma_arts) to discover new footage, special contests and prizes, and a look at our progress before opening night.

Tickets are available at selmaartscenter.com or at the Selma Arts Center box office located at 1935 High Street, Selma, CA 93662. Box office hours are Tuesday–Friday, 1PM-6PM. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors/ students and $15 for Children. Content is rated ‘PG.’ Tickets will also be available at the door for the same price, until sold out -doors open half hour before show time. For information, call (559) 891-2238, email nicolettea@cityofselma.com, or visit the Selma Arts Center website at selmaartscenter.com.

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