Students at Roosevelt Intermediate School will bring S.E. Hinton’s classic coming-of-age novel, The Outsiders, to the stage Nov. 14, 15 and 16.
Also known for the Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 classic movie of the same title, The Outsiders follows the turbulent lives of rival teen gangs in 1967 rural Oklahoma -- the working class, underprivileged “Greasers,” and the wealthy, have-it-all “Socs.”
The story is told through the eyes of sensitive Greaser, Ponyboy Curtis (Hudson Wilcomes), who is being raised along with brother Sodapop (Ben Dickerson), by eldest brother Darry (Danny Pierce).
When Ponyboy and his friend, quiet and meek Johnny Cade (Owen Ing) get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Soc, Bob (Josh Sackett), they seek guidance from tough, troubled Greaser Dallas (Skyler Lipkind) who sends them into hiding miles away from home. In the meantime, the Greaser and Soc rivalry escalates and both groups are forced to deal with the consequences of their violent lives. While some try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.
“I am thrilled to work with these talented students to bring this important piece of literature to life,” said Director, Kim Jonny. “The issues that the characters deal with are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.” “Performing The Outsiders, which is part of the 7th grade curriculum here in Westfield, also presents a wonderful opportunity to engage students in their learning in a unique and meaningful way.”
Other featured cast include Two Bit (Ryder Manson), Cherry (Annabel Barker), Randy (Keaton Shepherd), Sandy (Elizabeth Faragi), and Marcia (Sienna Tan).
Performances are Thursday, November 14 (4 pm), Friday, November 15 (7 pm), and Saturday, November 16 (7 pm). All performances are at Roosevelt Intermediate School, 301 Clark Street, Westfield, New Jersey. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance at ris.booktix.com or at the door. Advance purchase is recommended.
Special Student Matinee discount for Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. Only $5 at the door.