NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford Playhouse will present ‘Up the Down Staircase’ beginning March 2.
Here we go again! Christopher Sergel’s fast-moving play, ‘Up the Down Staircase,’ is a ride! Imagine a setting like in the musical Grease. See it?... fabulous 1950s music, rowdy boys in leather jackets, gum chewing beauties in poodle skirts, an odd faculty of teachers and administrators.
Got it? Great- except this isn’t a musical. Now imagine throwing a brand new, idealistic, first-year English teacher into that high school setting, trying to survive her very first class period, facing all those rowdy students. Here we have all the elements for delightful interpersonal conflict, screaming right out of the first scene.
The attractive young teacher, Sylvia Barrett, (Nagorre Bermeosolo) takes immediate interest in her students, like Alice (Katie Schellhorn) who has a desperate crush on the handsome young teacher down the hall, Mr. Barringer, (Collin Mcbride). Another student is a serious troublemaker, Joe Ferone, (Kenny Spencer) who is highly intelligent, but distrusted, harassed and marginalized.
Wading in bewildering paperwork and conflicting directives, Sylvia struggles to help her students feel that they belong, but all the while Sylvia feels herself lost and alienated from the overworked faculty. She is terrified of the Assistant Principal, the ferocious Miss McCabe (Kylie Heisz).
Sylvia’s first real connection is with a motherly teacher, Bea Schacter, (Jasmine File) who guides her to survive in her new surroundings.
While the story begins rather light-hearted and fun, it becomes very serious and poignant. The ending is absolutely heart-warming and renews our faith in people, in community, and in education.
Up the Down Staircase is performed by permission of Dramatic Publishing Company. Suitable for all ages, we invite one and all to come join our crazy cast of 40 for an evening of joyful entertainment. Do come!
You can enjoy North Crawford Playhouse’s ‘Up the Down Staircase’ on March 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this special play are $7 for adults and $5 for students they are on sale now in the high school office. To make reservations call Lori at 608-735-4311 ext. 213.