William Woods University will open its theatre season Oct. 12 with production of the musical “The Pajama Game.” The original Broadway production won a Tony for best musical. Featured songs include “Hey There,” “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.”
The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven and a half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the complaint committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent from Chicago.
William Woods University student performers include Seth Hunt of Springfield, Mo., as Sid Sorokin; Natalie Baughman of Kansas City, Mo., as Babe Williams; Taryn Watts of Nixa, Mo., as Gladys, and Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo., as Vernon Hines.
Some students are in the ensemble in addition to playing a role: Cody Olendorff of Pacific, Mo., as Prez; Bryan Schmiderer of Pacific, Mo., as Joe; Jessi Mathews of Springfield, Mo., as Charlene; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, as Mae; Allison Ward of St. Louis, Mo., as Brenda; Arin Brewington of DeSoto, Mo., as Poopsie; Terence Cochran of Dallas, Texas, as Max the Salesman; Sonny Griffin of St. Louis, Mo., as Charley; Harrison Jones of Fulton, Mo., as Pete the First Helper, and Brittany Jewell of Mora, Minn., as Ann.
Community cast members, all of Fulton, are Kathy Potter as Mabel, Jody Paschal as Hasler and Carol Fulkerson as Carmen and in ensemble.
The production will be directed by Joe Potter, William Woods University theatre professor for 26 years. Serving as music director is Cynthia Smith, a former music teacher of Columbia, Mo. Adrienne Branson, adjunct dance instructor and WWU alumna, will be the choreographer. Jane Friedman, staff costumer, will design the costumes.
Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267 starting Oct. 1. Tickets for “The Pajama Game” are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (55 and up) and $7 for children 6-12. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
Season tickets are now available through the final performance. For more information on season tickets, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.