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Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents “13, The Musical”  

Anthem, Ariz.  August 22, 2011 – Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) opens their fourth season with the musical production of 13, The Musical, a grown-up story about growing up.  With an unforgettable rock score from Tony award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.   

The show’s contemporary-pop score is performed by 35 talented vocalists from around the Valley, ages 13-16, accompanied by a live rock band.  “13 is one of the best shows written,” said producer and vocal director Jackie Hammond.  “It’s funny and light-hearted, but it also sends a message that what we go through at age 13 doesn't necessarily define us.  As one of the closing number states, “We all have 'a little more homework' to do."  

Hammond is joined by veteran director and Zoni-nominee Laura O’Meara, Zoni-winning choreographer Sherry Henderson, and Zoni-winning music director Mark 4Man.

Performances take place on September 28 – Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m., and October 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Boulder Creek High School’s Mini Auditorium, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ 85086.  Tickets may be purchased online at All tickets are $13.  Because this show is about 13-year-olds and the "drama" they face, it is rated PG and parental guidance is suggested.  

13 is based on the book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.  

About MTA

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is an award-winning, non-profit theater company located in Anthem, Arizona.  The mission of MTA is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents.  MTA trains and educates youth so that they can become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow while providing opportunities to adults that empower them and foster their creativity.  MTA’s principles include casting all who audition in select productions, presenting high quality shows that everyone can enjoy, and providing a positive environment where performers can practice teamwork and communication skills while experiencing the pride of accomplishment.


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