MILLBURN, NJ — Navigating life can be tough at any age, but adolescence is especially tricky. That adolescence is the backdrop for this year's spring musical at Millburn Middle School, "13". The story follows main character Evan Goldman, as he grapples with his upcoming bar Mitzvah, his parents divorce, and his move from New York City to Indiana.

Monday evening, featured thespians from this year's performance came before the Millburn Board of Education (BOE) to perform a short medley of songs from the musical.

To the delight of the crowd, the middle schoolers worked through their routine in perfect pitch. Mark Oppel and Elizabeth Bewie, the show's director and vocal director respectively, were on hand to work with the students to create that perfect pitch and tone. After their routine, Oppel spoke with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills.

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He said he was excited for opening night, and also noted the performance of the songs was great publicity.

"[I'm] always excited, because I know that all their hard work is going to pay off," Oppel said. "They've been working so hard."

"It's great practice and it's a great way to get the word out," Oppel added

The opening night performance of "13" is Friday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. There re also performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.