Not many students plan to be on campus working nearly 11 hours, but for the cast and crew of the first theater production of the year, that is just what they want to do in order to have a successful showing of the musical Oklahoma.
“We work hard every minute we are here,” said junior Janiah Johnson, one of the 20 crew members. “We work four days a week from when school ends at 3:45 to 7 p.m. We go from painting one of the walls of the set one minute and the next we are building props. It’s really fun and tiring.”
Theater teacher David Young said he chose Oklahoma for the first production of the 2017-2018 school year because it is a musical with which students will be able to associate.
“Oklahoma is one of the most classic musical ever written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II,” Young said. “It has a little bit of everything that kids can relate to nowadays.”
Young said Oklahoma is a classic Romeo-and-Juliet-forbidden-love story in the 1980’s and will touch about everyone of the audience’s feelings.
“It is about a feud between the farmers and the cattleman in Oklahoma,” Young said. “The cattleman need free range, no fences, but the farmers need fences the so there is a dilemma. A cattleman falls in love with the farmer girl.”
The play consist of a fall, windy sort-of climate, perfect for this time of the year. Tech Theater teacher Debra Garrett describes the cast and crew as “young, theater loving ladies and gentlemen.”
“The cast for this play is 33 kids that have that believable Southern life,” Garrett said. “They have strong voices. They are a good cast.”
The play showtimes are 7 p.m. Oct. 12-14 and a 2 p.m. matinée Oct. 14 at Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium. All tickets are $5.
Young encourages the community to come down and see that play.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun, a very high energy show” Young said. “And if you’ve never seen a play or a musical before, get out of your comfort zone and come see something new. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll be glad you came.”