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Warren Arts holding musical this weekend
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Evan argues with Patrice and Archie about being a good friend in “13: The Musical” presented by Warren Arts. Pictured, from left, are actors Carter Cantrell, Dylan Womack and Kaden Hobbs. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Whether you were 13 a year ago or decades ago, “13: The Musical” is for you.

It’s a cast of kids but it’s really written for adults to watch, enjoy, remember and laugh at the awkwardness of being 13, according to lighting and sound director Chad McGee.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch one of three performances this weekend at the Warren Arts building at 605 Red Road.

So what’s this musical about?

Preteen Evan Goldman is about to turn 13 and he can’t wait, but when his parents get divorced, he’s forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to small-town Appleton, Ind. Can Evan find a place in his new middle school?

It’s a coming-of-age story written by Dan Elish and Robert Horn with music and lyrics by Jason Brown.

The main character Evan is portrayed by Carter Cantrell, who describes this musical as “funny,” “mature” and “loud” and mentioned an important take away from “13” is learn who your friends are.

“The music is upbeat and top notch,” said Carter. “Everyone should come see it because they’ll definitely laugh a lot.”

To give a little taste of the humor in “13,” Kaden Hobbs, who portrays supporting character Archie, described his favorite scene.

“So during the movie scene, the lead role Evan goes out on a date and he gets me a date with a girl and he gets another boy a date with the same girl and me and the other boy lean in for a kiss,” laughed Kaden. “I won’t tell you what happens, but it’s quite amazing.”

Dylan Womack portrays Patrice, a bookish, nerdy girl who meets Evan and has a little crush on him.

“I have a scene where I get really mad and upset at Evan and I tell him off for it in my song, which is my favorite,” said Dylan. “I also really like the song ‘Brand New You’ with the harmony and its message of basically, don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Get your tickets at for $15.

Performances are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.