Orono High School to present “The Pajama Game”

by Chris Burr
Pioneer Correspondent

The well known musical comedy, “The Pajama Game,” will be presented by Orono High School students Nov. 14,15, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at the school auditorium.

In this Broadway classic, the story revolves around the Sleep-Title Pajama Factory in 1950s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where a strike is looming. The workers are not satisfied with their current wages and wish to increase them by a substantial 7.5-cent hourly raise.

Meanwhile the new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and leader of the union grievance committee, Babe Williams, fall head over heals for each other. Nevertheless their relationship gets heated when employees set out for their strike.
Director Jan Engelhardt is excited about this Tony Award Winning musical.

“We’re very excited for this performance, it’s been fun,” she said.
When asked what makes this production special, Engelhardt responded, “We have a very talented cast, that has worked very hard, and the musical includes fun dances and great songs.”

“The Pajama Game’s” music may be recognizable to most parents and even kids.
Work on the production has been under way practically since the start of school.

Auditions were held promptly after school began and rehearsals soon after. Portraying the lead characters, are Seth Salyers as Sid Sorokin and Eleanor Fossen as Babe Williams. Also appearing are Madison Adams, as Mabel, Sarah Bezenar, as Gladys, Jason Briscoe, as Vernon Hines, and Kenny Hyde, as the company president. As well as Maddie Dumler, Berit Iverson, Grace Jacques, Maia Larson, Etta Moline, Tavo Moline, Megan Palmquist, Maighread Shaughnessy, and Josh Sheridan.

Vocal direction is by Stephen Houltz with orchestra under the direction of Tim Arnold. Kerri Penke, stage manager, is also assisted by Katherine Odland and Lainie Henderson.
Seats are reserved, and tickets are on sale now for $10 per person at Orono High School.