Westerville South High School Theatre Troupe 513 will end the season with big production numbers and lots of dancing when it presents "The Pajama Game."
Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the high school, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
Based on a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, director Matt Wolfe said this show is a perfect ending to the season.
"On the heels of 'Grease' and 'Heathers' and after our classic take on Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night,' 'The Pajama Game' is a big musical, with lots of dancing and big production numbers," he said.
Wolfe said the show highlights South's triple-threat students who train year-round in acting, singing and dancing.
"Westerville South is excited to present this material with a fresh breath of empowerment and pride as our workplace women stand their ground against the laughable attempts of the men to keep them down," he said.
At a time when women were choosing to enter the workforce, Babe Williams, played by senior Cherish Myers, was given some authority in the male-dominated pajama-game factory. And even though the men of the factory never really counted her as 'one of the guys', Babe had respect and was running things just fine until Sid Sorokin, played by junior Caleb Jingo, was hired.
Babe lets her guard down, opens her heart and falls in love. The conflict of the musical isn't her love story, though, according to Wolfe.
Babe is helping to lead the union strike against the boss, Myron Hasler, played by senior Matt Reece, to demand a raise. The question becomes can they stand up for what they believe in and still love the opposing side.
Babe's coworkers include Gladys, played by Abby Messina; Mabel, played by senior Madi Staten; Hines, played by junior Oliver Runyon; Prez, played by sophomore Josiah Holloway; Mae, played by sophomore Emma Murphy; Poopsie, played by senior Caroline Warrick and an ensemble of more than 40 students.
Brought together with a 25-member technical crew and 20-piece orchestra, audiences are sure to have a great time at the theater, Wolfe said.
"'The Pajama Game' prides itself in being a comedic musical, so audiences can expect plenty of larger-than-life characters that they will instantly fall in love with," Jingo said. "The show is also dripping with romance, meaning audiences will be on the edge of their seats as many unexpected relationships begin to unfold."
Myers said the show is different from any show she has done at South.
"Our story may be set in the 1950s, but these themes are still extremely prevalent today," she said.
Runyon said the audience should expect a good old-fashioned musical.
"The music and dance are spectacular, and the zany characters set this show apart," he said.
Messina said the music is amazing.
"There are so many styles for the audience to fall in love with," she said. "From jazz to western to tango, this show has it all."
Senior Emily Hayman, sound designer/stage manager, said everyone has been working really hard on their individual part.
"But when the actors, set, costumes, lights and sound all come, that's when the magic happens," she said.
The technical director of the show is Derrick McPeak. Other leaders include choreographer, Cindy Straub; music director, Emily Kirtland and pit conductor, John Laswell.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door.