May 12, 2014
Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center students in fine arts programs shined during the presentation of the musical The Pajama Game on May 8-10, 2014.
According to Music Theatre International, “Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.”
The Pajama Game won the 1955 Tony for Best Musical after premiering on Broadway in May 1954. The story was also popularized in a 1957 film version starring Doris Day.
Hailey Hart and Joel Reid led the ensemble as Babe and Sid. Other cast members were Grace Arnold, Mandy Brenning, April Cabrera, Baylee Davis, Brynn Deger, Autumn Herndon, Kevin Horn, Katrice Johnson, Christopher Lancaster, Colten Lewis, Christian Loper, Kiersten Mathis, Dakota Medlin, Nic Mitchell, Cody Mullican, Austin Mullins, Caitlyn Nettles, Bailey Occhipinti, Erin Pavelick, Taunton Puckett, Deanna Rupp, Skylar Schreiber, Grace Sokol, Emma Thomas, Remington Watson, Caitlin Whitfill, Bailey Youngs, and Zach Zagrocki.
Rounding out the ensemble were Lindsey Holt, Savannah Irish, Faith Melton, Madison Miller, Audrey Murfin, Chelsey Steel, Denise Swick, Katie Tull, Christen Watson, and Valeri Zableckis.
Directing and producing the musical by fine arts teachers Joy Hope, Greg Doss, Phil Groeschel, and Krista Alcorn Holman. Choreography was by GHS alumnae Brooke Goodson.
Stage manager Kaitlyn Meinsershagen led the crew with assistance from Statia Sokol. The running crew included Cody Bridges, Audrey Gandy, Mason Jones, Cory Morgan, Luke Sandelin, Madison Seymore, Whitney Shearon, and Jack Wiley.
Parents and other choir boosters supporting the production were April Brenning, Lan Davis, Libby Davis, David Johnson, Shelley Miller, Kris Nelson, Lori Parker, Kerri Pavelick, Mike Pavelick, Aileen Reed, Jana Reid, Lisa Vandenberg, Dawn Weeks, and Mark Weeks.
The musical, which was presented through special arrangement with MTI, is based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell and a book by Bissell and George Abbott with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.
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