13 – NoHo Art District

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Panic Productions!, Born to Perform Studio and BarCinBoo Productions come together to bring a New summer music experience for teens at the Simi Valley Cultural Center for the Arts!

13 is a hilarious coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where you least expect it.

With an unforgettable rock score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, 13 is a musical about fitting in and standing out! Directed by Barry Pearl (his third director 13 on the west coast), with musical director, Lloyd Cooper and choreographer, Michelle Elkin – three giants of the theater industry. The talented young cast is also truly remarkable.

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New Yorker Evan Goldman, 12, will soon celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. He wants his party to be amazing, but that might not happen because his parents split up as his father begins to fall for a flight attendant, causing his mother to file for divorce. Just when Evan thinks things might be okay, his mom calls to tell him they’re moving to Appleton, Indiana. Once there, Evan finds a friend at his neighbor’s house, Patrice, who has a crush on Evan while telling him about Appleton, Indiana. Like its 13e As his birthday approaches, he must master the complex social circles of his new school and make friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever. Geek. Setter. Jock. Beauty queen. Aspirant. These are the labels that can last a lifetime.


Alexa Margolis as Ryder, Anna Cardino as Charlotte, Calista Loter as Lucy/Cindy, Callula Sawyer as Kristina/Dance Captain, Cecilia Diamond as Rosie, Emerson Julian as Kendra/Sarah, Ethan Daugherty as Evan, Harrington Gwin as Ben, Jake McDermotte as Malcolm, Kirsten Adler as Molly, Lucas Panczel as Brett, Lucy Bollier as Cassie, Maddie Ragsdale as Lucy/Cindy, Marissa Margolis as Patrice/Gracie, Mia Akima Brown as Patrice/Gracie, Peter Umipig as Archie, Oliver Stellan as Eddie, Olivia Zenetzis as Kendra/Sarah, Sophie Gray as Rosie, and Westin Walker Pardee as Richie.

Production team

Directed by Barry Pearl
Musical direction by Lloyd Cooper
Choreographed by. michelle elkins
Scenography by Rei Yamamototar
Lighting design by Ian Kelley
Directed by Megan Brister
Musicians include: Steve Clift (bass), Jeff Gibson (2n/a keyboard), Satoshi Kirisawa (percussion) and Ryan Detlefsen (guitar)
Graphic Design by Paige Loter (also Scenic Design Assistant)
Advertising by Sandra Kuker PR
Produced by Panic! Productions, Born To Perform Studio and BarCinBoo Productions

Barry Pearl (director/co-producer)

Barry wears many hats: actor, director, producer and teacher. Barry has directed over 40 short films for Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Film Company. His other directing assignments include the St. Louis MUNY production of OLIVIER ! starring the late Sid Caesar and Karen Morrow; creating and leading three of Los Angeles‘ successful Improv/Sketch Comedy Troupes: MILKNOSE FOR THE PURSUIT, SHORTRIBS and critically acclaimed, THE ALLEY OOPSfor Actor’s Alley Rep. In the mid-90s, he did two cable TV shows titled IN TRADE and ASK MR TRAFFIC. Barry also opened his own acting school in 1979, The Acting Lab, where he taught the Spolin Theater Games technique. Over the years, he has given master classes in this process all over the United States. This will be a first collaboration for Boo Boo Productions (founded by Barry and Cindy Pearl).

A longtime veteran of stage, screen and television, Barry is best known for his portrayal of Doody in Paramount’s iconic hit film, Fat and with children like Professor Tinkerputt in Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island and Barney’s Big Surprise. from Broadway: Olivier !, One teaspoon every four hours, Lenny’s back, The producers, Baby it’s you! Regional/Tours: Ragtime, Fat, Bravo live on stage, Twelve angry men, hair spray, Forum, Fiddler, The odd couple (National Tour, 1988), Happy Days: a new musical. TV: Grease: live, Accommodation, Criminal mindsCPO Sharkey (first season regular series as Mignone), days of our lives, Emergency room, Baywatch, Baywatch Malibu Hawaii. Film: The walls look (recently released on Lifetime), my favorite martian, avenging angel, The most recent commitment, The silent nature. Barry also produces, directs and teaches the film arts to the special needs community across the country with Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Film Company. Pearl graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Barry’s work on this production is dedicated to all the brave men, women and children of war-torn Ukraine. Facebook/Instagram: @barry_pearl_la.


Michelle Elkin’s selected choreographic credits include: “Sutton Foster Live” with Jonathon Groff (PBS), Young Sheldon with Jason Alexander (CBS), Younger with Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor and Martha Plimpton (TV LAND), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (AMAZON), Me and my grandmother with Rhea Perlman, baby daddy (ABC FAMILY), TNT pilot Dawn directed by Sam Raimi, Lifetime’s reality show Your mom doesn’t dance, Christina with Kristin Chenoweth, and tapping sequences in ABC Family’s Bunheads. Theatre: Something Rotten (Regional), musical numbers featuring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, with special guest Joshua Henry for the NSO at the Kennedy Center, New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Houston Symphony, Sister Act The Musical (Broadway World Nominee), Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Broadway World Nominee) Children Of Eden (Broadway World Nominee), Little Shop Of Horrors (Straz Center), The Goodbye Girl (MTG). Feature films wild pigs, What just happened. Associate Choreographer credits include; Dancing with the stars, sister act at the Pasadena Playhouse, Emmy Awards with Jane Lynch, Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman and the Broadway show, Wonderland (Marquis Theatre). www.michelleelkin.com

LLOYD COOPER – Music Director

Lloyd Cooper won several awards for Best Musical Direction, including Plan-B Entertainment’s production of The beauty and the Beast. He is proud to have worked as Music Director for Theater League, San Bernardino CLO, San Diego CLO, Theater Under The Stars (Houston), The Lyric Theater (Oklahoma City), Cabrillo Music Theater (Thousand Oaks) and many more. . He was nominated for an Ovation Award as Music Director for The Andrews Brothers’ production of Cabrillo. Lloyd was the musical director of Happy Days – A new musical written by Garry Marshall and Paul Williams, both for the original production at the Falcon Theater and for Cabrillo. He also directed the world premiere musical of Good morning! My baby at the Rubicon Theater. Lloyd has worked as a composer, arranger and/or bandleader on television shows such as Father Dowling, Matlock and Perry Mason and movies The prince of the tides, Godzilla and Vacations. He worked with Barbra Streisand and Stephen Sondheim to rehearse and choose the music for her. Back to Broadway album. He was orchestrator and musical director (music by Stephen Schwartz) for the premiere of My Antonia at the Rubicon Theatre. Lloyd and his wife Barbara are proud to have created a musical titled The diary was produced at the Scherr Forum Theater in Thousand Oaks, California.


Panic! Productions is a non-profit community theater group committed to presenting professional level productions of musicals and plays for the enrichment of its participants and the community.

“We strive to present theater that defies expectations, offering actors and other theater artists, amateurs and professionals, the opportunity to take part in performances beyond the limitations often encountered in a community theater setting.” Featuring less often produced works as well as new interpretations of familiar works, Panic! hopes to enhance the theatrical experience while educating and, most importantly, entertaining its audience.

Founded in 2011 by Paul Panico and Robert Weibezahl, with a critically acclaimed production of Work: The Musical, Beside Normal, The Fantasy Ones, Inspect Carol, Little Shop Of Horrors, Camp Rock The Musical. Panic! will now present the musical 13. This will be the second time the popular teen musical has performed on stage under the capable direction of Barry Pearl. www.panicproductions.org

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