New theatre group debuts family-friendly "13 The Musical" - One Night Only

Thistle Rose Young Artists - "13" The Musical
Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 13:19:48-04

Turning 13 is tough enough. Add in a divorce, a cross country move and the girl next door, and it's nearly impossible. Thistle Rose Academy of Arts based in Farmington Hills is working with Thistle Rose Young Artists to perform the hit family-friendly musical, for ONE NIGHT ONLY.  Thursday, September 28th at the historic Senate Theatre in Detroit.  Tickets are on sale right now  at

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

“From not knowing which group you belong to at school, to having a crush on someone, or dealing with an uncomfortable home life situation, I’m pretty sure everyone can relate to the feelings touched upon in 13," says Amy Lauter, Producer of 13. "The book and the music are spectacular, with just the right combination of humor and heart!”

This is the inaugural show for Thistle Rose Young Artists.  13  focuses on Evan Goldman, the victim of his parents' divorce, who has recently been plucked from his fast-paced, preteen life in "The Big Apple"  and plopped into a sleepy little town in Indiana.  

Evan quickly learns that he needs to figure out a way to fit in with other middle schoolers. . Choosing the right group – Geek, Poser, Jock, Beauty Queen, Wannabe – is a key decision toward your place in the world. As he moves through a world of cool kids, nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, as well as first kisses and heartbreak, he begins to understand “what it means to be a friend”.


Thursday, September 28

Doors open at 6pm

Pre Show Concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer by John Lauter at 6:30pm

Curtain at 7pm


Senate Theater

6424 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48210

Free and secured parking is available in the fenced lot immediately adjacent to the theater.


General Admission: $15 presale/$20 at the door

Student Admission: $10

(Purchase online at

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts is an inclusive organization that seeks to engage community members of all ages, walks of life and skill levels to explore, grow and practice all manner of the Arts.

From Performing Arts, to Technical Arts, to Culinary Arts to Applied Arts, we seek to provide a collaborative, safe environment to learn and hone our crafts. 

We seek to train and support artists by providing affordable arts education programs and promoting lifelong learning across generations.

We develop and provide opportunities to perform, practice, perfect and promote the Performing and Applied Arts to all our members, with varying levels of difficulty.

We are a community who seeks to partner with other organizations to provide awareness, help, charity and enrichment.

We are Dreamers.  We are Visionaries. We are Believers.  We are Artists

Thistle Rose Young Artists

Shortly after the formation of Thistle Rose Academy of Arts, it became apparent that there was a legitimate need and desire in the community for a theatrical program aimed at youth.  Keeping with the mission of Thistle Rose, a subdivision of the Academy was formed to meet this need—Thistle Rose Young Artists (TRYA.)  The goals of this program are to offer quality, comprehensive instruction in technique, healthy vocals and legitimate theater practices.  Rather than making money, the purpose of the group’s formation is to further enrich our community and promote these ideals.


Cast Members

Jack Sanitate (Evan), Washington, Utica Academy of International Studies

Maryanna Lauter (Patrice), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Hannah Weinraub (Lucy), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Madi LaJoice (Kendra), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Forrest Gabel (Archie), Walled Lake, Home School

Aiden Gabriel (Brett), Canton, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Blake Velick (Malcolm), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Michael Soverinsky (Eddie), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Sophia Gabriel (Charlotte), Canton, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Ally Nathan (Molly), Farmington Hills, North Farmington High School

Anna Holdsworth (Cassie), West Bloomfield, West Bloomfield High School

Jake Nichols, Walled Lake, Sarah Banks Middle School

Gary Weinstein (Rabbi), Farmington Hills


Production Team

Rachael Rose (Executive Director), Farmington

Alan Highe (Director), Redford - soon to be attending AMDA in NYC

Amy Lauter (Producer), Farmington Hills

Steve Woznicki (Music Director), Royal Oak

Danielle Wright (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Lathrup Village

Brittany Van Riper (Choreographer), Ferndale

Eric Nogas (Sound Designer), Farmington Hills

Jack Nogas (Crew), Farmington Hills, Farmington High School

Kyle Coykendall (Crew), Wixom

Alex Zull (Crew), Detroit

Caitlyn Simpson (Crew), Commerce