Dol­lar pupils come of age at Fes­ti­val Fringe

Stirling Observer - - THETICKET - Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe

Next month, Dol­lar Academy pupils are putting on their pro­duc­tion of 13, the mu­si­cal by Tony Award-win­ning com­poser Ja­son Robert Brown, as a part of the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe pro­gramme.

The pro­duc­tion is part of the school’s bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions hav­ing been founded in 1818 by Cap­tain John McNabb and the cast is made up en­tirely of pupils in forms I, II and III (none of them older than 13) and pro­duced by as­sis­tant rec­tor Si­mon Bur­bury and di­rec­tor of mu­sic Karol Fitzpatrick. “The pupils have al­ready been re­hears­ing hard, the set is slowly be­ing built, cos­tume items are be­ing col­lected,” said Si­mon. “It prom­ises to be a great show and a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the pupils.”

The hi­lar­i­ous, com­ing-of-age mu­si­cal about dis­cov­er­ing that “cool” is some­times where we least ex­pect it. Geek, poseur, jock, beauty queen or wannabe - these are the la­bels that can last a life­time.

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 sim­ple- minded 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?

With an un­for­get­table rock score from Tony Award-win­ning com­poser, Ja­son Robert Brown, 13 is a mu­si­cal about fit­ting in – and stand­ing out and the Broad­way pro­duc­tion is no­table for be­ing the pro­fes­sional de­but of Ari­ana Grande and El­iz­a­beth Gil­lies who would later go on to star to­gether in the tele­vi­sion se­ries Vic­to­ri­ous.

This tal­ented cast is com­prised en­tirely of teenagers, but the sto­ries that come to life here are age­less, the emo­tions they ex­plore time­less, the laugh­ter and the mem­o­ries they pro­vide price­less.

Tick­ets for the show - which takes place from Au­gust 14-18 at Venue C, Adam House, Cham­bers Street, Ed­in­burgh EH1 1HR (venue 34) are available from the venue’s box of­fice at 0131 581 5555/www.CtheFes­ti­val. com or the Fringe box of­fice 0131 226 0000 or www.ed­fringe.com.

Prices are £9.50-£11.50/ con­ces­sions £7.50-£9.50/un­der 18s £5.50-£7.50 and the sho wstarts at 4pm on each of the five days.

Fringe per­for­mance Dol­lar pupils will be star­ring at Ed­in­brugh

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