IT’S all about the rise of the geek this week with Harlequin’s newest production 13.
Being performed at Eastwood park theatre from Wednesday to June 11 this show details the highs and lows of becoming a teenager.
With hugely catchy songs by Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and an equally hilarious script this is one production for all the family.
Ruth Baillie is producing 13 which she says has been a fun journey.
She told Live: “It is a funny, upbeat show with a cast of 31 talented local kids aged between 11 and 14 years old.
“The music and lyrics are are incredibly clever and funny and the action that goes along with it is hilarious”.
The story tells the tale of Evan Goldman who has just six weeks to go before he turns 13.
His one mission is to get all the cool kids in his new school to come to his Bar Mitzvah — or else spend the rest of his academic life in the land of the geeks.
Ruth added: “The story will make anyone think about their experiences as a teenager-in particular the story centres around friendship and how important good friends are and its not just being accepted to the ‘in crowd’.
“The story also reminds you of the agonies and frustrations of being young and being told ‘no you can’t do that because you’re not old enough”.
The show stars pupils from Eastwood, Mearns Castle, St Ninian’s, Williamwood, Woodfarm, Hutchesons Grammar and Holyrood high schools.
And Ruth described her favourite scene, saying: “In one scene the teenagers all head off to a ‘horror movie’ and their facial expressions and actions as the story unfolds are quite comical along with finding out whether the cool guy gets to kiss the pretty girl”.
Eastwood park theatre hosts 13 from Wednesday till June 11 at 7.30pm each evening and a 2.30pm matinee.
For tickets (from £10) call 07593 093028 or visit www.harlequinyouth.co.uk.