Aug 11 2011
TEENAGER John Kuzminski has helped put together a show on its way to the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The 19-year-old quit his job at a coffee shop and, along with pal Robert Murphy, co-founded a production company - Xtract. Over the past eight months, the two friends have been working on a new version of 13, the award-winning musical.
Cutting their teeth with youth drama groups, the pair are looking forward to bringing the £17,000 show to one of the biggest festivals of its kind.
John, from Balsall Common, said: “It was something that we’d been talking about for a while. We decided to leave our full-time jobs and just went for it; we’ve spent all our time working on this show.
“I think it’s fairly rare for a group of young people to perform at the festival, who have put their own company together.”
Premiering in LA four-years-ago, the musical has never had a professional performance in Britain.
The cast is made up entirely of 15-22-year-olds from the Midlands area.
“A lot of them we knew already, they were friends of ours who live locally,” explained John.
“We’ve all been working hard to create something which will be good enough for the Fringe.”
Next month the former Heart of England School pupil is going to study at a Kent stage school.
But before then Xtract will be doing five special performances of 13 at Woodlands School and Sports College, Coventry.
Tickets for the show, from August 18-20, are available on 07716 237 047.