The stage adaptation of S. E. Hinton's beloved classic, The Outsiders, is coming to the Tanner Theatre of Monongalia Arts Center for two consecutive weekends: Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 and Thursday-Saturday, July 25-27 at 8PM. A matinee performance is also scheduled for Sunday, June 21 at 2PM.
Set in 1960s Oklahoma, the play follows a young greaser, Ponyboy, amidst a societal conflict between the upper class "Socs" and lower class "Greasers." The situation escalates after the death of a Soc at the hands of Ponyboy's best friend. Ponyboy's journey explores the struggles of growing up, family, and finding himself despite being different from everyone he's ever known. Under the direction of Morgantown native Bailey McCord, the show boasts a dynamic cast of students and members of the local community. The Outsiders offers a cross-generational theatrical experience that is engaging for audiences of all ages.
Bailey McCord will be attending West Virginia University this fall to study Musical Theatre. She recently began working as the assistant director and summer camp co-coordinator of Morgantown Theatre Company, where she first began performing in the second grade. She directed her first production last summer. Bailey finds great satisfaction in the ability to craft her own vision. The Outsiders is her second independent directing project at MAC.
The cast is a varied ensemble of actors local to Morgantown. They range from high school freshmen to college freshman, with one adult community member. The majority of the cast will be entering or have recently entered high school and are around the age of the characters that they are portraying.
“The group is very vibrant and eclectic in personality and their passion for the arts and expression is what brought them together to work on this production,” says McCord. “They have a lot of fun in rehearsals but they're also dedicated to performing and growing as artists. Their connection to the story and it's struggles makes them the perfect group to tell it.”
While the characters come from a different time period, the actors themselves relate to the struggles of young adulthood through parallels in their own lives. The characters have allowed the actors to explore more about themselves and their uniqueness.
Tickets are now available for this performance. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at www.monartscenter.com/shop.
MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-292-3325.