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OHS musical Working Nov. 20-23

Photos by Leon Chuck

This week, Oakwood High School will present Working, a musical based on the book by Studs Terkel about what people do for a living and how they feel about it. Studs Terkel passed away on Oct. 31. This production is dedicated to his memory.

The book was adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Nina Faso, boasting an amazing selection of songs from several different composers, including Schwartz and pop legend James Taylor.

This lovely, ensemble show details the lives of 25 Americans in a variety of jobs. This is actually non-fiction, based on a series of interviews between Studs Terkel and individual workers. The names have been changed, but the stories are from the original transcriptions: real people describing real life. The action takes place in the course of an average workday. These characters share their stories in monologues and songs, giving us a profound view of our American diversity, our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and our sacrifices.

This dynamic, fast-paced show touches a wide range of emotions. It makes us think while it entertains. While there are some adult ideas, the play is recommended for the whole family. The live band plays on stage, behind the set: a series of scaffolding units that become a skeleton for the many work venues presented in the show.

Eighteen actors make up this ensemble cast, including Max Wiliams from Harman Elementary, who plays a newsboy delivering papers. Other cast members include Nick Wagner, Noah Berry, Sterre ter Haar, Gabe Robinson, Olivia Cuipak, Alexandra Morris, Alana D’Agostino, Nick Grilliot, Tyler Murphy, Haley Penchoff, Kaitlynn Trent, Alyssa Coyle, Katie Taylor, Michael Chapman, Hannah Berry, Rachel Stock and Oakwood Rotary exchange student, Daniel Leon.

The show is directed by Jean Howat Berry, a teaching artist with Ohio Arts Council and Muse Machine. John W. Johns, Choir Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, is the music director. OHS staff member, Debbie Smith, has led a team of tech students, devising computer-generated projections in support of the documentary aspect of this project. Lighting and sound designer, Tim Guth (TimBeckTwo), has done the technical coordination for the project.

Tickets are $5 and available at the Oakwood High School main office by calling 297-5325. Tickets are also available at the door. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The box office will open one hour before curtain. Performances are Nov. 20, 21 & 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov 23 at 2 p.m.

Don’t miss this outstanding celebration of the American worker!

Holiday Around Town

Saturday, November 22

Stores, banks and businesses in the Shops of Oakwood and Town & Country Shopping Center are sprucing up for a special pre-holiday  event. Holiday Around Town offers unique shopping, easy parking access, friendly service and refreshments.

Register for significant prizes - in as many stores as you like. Enjoy refreshments. Bring the kiddies to visit Santa Claus, the balloon man and face painters.

And getting around will be so easy. Park your car and use the free bus rides to any, or all, shops on the shopping route from
Park Avenue to Town & Country Shopping Center.

Stop, look, shop, snack, register for drawings.

Make Oakwood businesses, and those located in Town & Country Shopping Center, your first foray into this 2008 Holiday Shopping Season as they sparkle the area with the holiday spirit.




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