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The Outsiders

Bradley to stage classic coming-of-age story Feb. 8-9


Hilliard Bradley High School drama students will present The Outsiders at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9, at the school's performing arts center, 2800 Walker Road.

Based on the 1967 novel by S.E. Hinton, the coming-of-age story is required reading in many schools.

"Each year I try to pick at least one curriculum-based production," said director Lucas Bovenizer, a special education teacher at Upper Arlington schools who this school year was named theater director at Bradley.

He was an assistant theater director the past three years.

Bradley's production employs a fight choreographer, James Sargent. Bovenizer and Sargent graduated from the theater department at Otterbein College.

"He and his wife have worked with us on some other projects, and in this instance, we wanted the rumble scenes to look authentic, (and) we think they do," Bovenizer said.

The 1967 novel tells the story of the "Greasers" and the "Socs," two groups of teenagers divided along socioeconomic lines. The main characters are Ponyboy and his brothers, Darrel and Sodapop.

A film adaptation was made in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The novel was never adapted for Broadway, Bovenizer said, but playwright Christopher Sergel adapted the novel as a school-based play.

"It was never professionally (adapted) but it was made into a script for school students to perform," Bovenizer said.

The cast for The Outsiders includes:

* Zach Wellman as Ponyboy

* Shawn Lawhead as Johnny

* Tom Shepard as Dallas

* Josh Guy as Darrel

* Joey Glick as Sodapop

* Taylor Hayes as Cherry

* Laurel Waller as Marcia

* Isaiah Colon as Bob

* Shane Cornell as Randy

Bovenizer is the director and Robert Vance is the technical director of the production, which includes a large ensemble.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and the theater opens at 6:30 p.m.