THEATRE goers can take a trip back down memory lane and reminisce over their teenage years when the hilarious musical 13 hits the Carnegie Hall.

Talented youngsters with the Why Not? Musical Theatre Company are back for a four-night run of 13, which first opened in 2008 and was the first, and so far only, Broadway musical with a cast and band made entirely of teenagers.

Every adult remembers their teenage years and, whether you were a mod, punk, casual or none of the above, they consisted of trying to fit in while being noticed at the same time.

This provides the theme for 13, which opened in the Carnegie Hall last night.

Set in America with a fabulous soundtrack, the story centres around Evan, who is the coolest new kid in town after arriving in small-town Indiana from New York City.

Preparing for his impending bar mitzvah, Evan grapples with his parents’ divorce and has to navigate the complicated social circles of a new school.

With hormones aplenty throughout the show, audiences are certain to identify with the various dramas and dilemmas he and his friends have to go through to make it through puberty, with moments that will make them laugh and cringe in equal measure.

The Why Not? group, which was formed in 2002 by Graeme Melvin and Theresa Puddefoot, works with young people aged nine and over and gives them the chance to perform on stage.usicu They welcome everyone regardless of ability, and some of their previous annual shows which have been sell-out hits include Les Miserables, Cats and All Shook Up.

Tickets, which cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, can be bought at the Carnegie Hall box office or by calling 01383 602302.

Performances will take place at 7.30pm tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday.