Drama Department to present “Working” May 1st – 4th

 

St. Charles 2014 spring Musical cast of WORKING pic

The St. Charles Preparatory Drama Department will present its spring musical, WORKING, May 1, 2 & 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Campus Theater. Adult tickets are $10.00, students, $5.00. For reservations call the school at 252-6714.   

 This is the fourth time St. Charles has produced the show. Previous productions were in 1989, 1996, and 2006. The creators of the show have updated the script to more accurately reflect the working class of 2014.

WORKING is a musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s Studs Terkel. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN and GODSPELL) from the original adaptation by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, WORKING is the working man’s A CHORUS LINE.  A musical exploration of  people from all walks of life, with songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award™ winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award™ winning James Taylor.

WORKING explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to a working person’s pride in having “something to point to.” Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso adapted Working into a stage play, mostly using the original words of some uncommon common men and women. In the musical, twenty-six workers, including a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, schoolteacher, gas man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, and sailor, sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations as well.

The show opened on Broadway 5/14/1978. Although it had a short run, the musical became popular for regional theatres, colleges, and high schools. The updated version (2012) introduces songs and content relevant to the technology-filled world of today (quite different from that of the 1970s). It includes new characters, monologues, and songs addressing aspects of 21st Century work life, such as outsourcing, technology, caregiving and fundraising. This version preserves earlier material that is still relevant to today’s world.

WORKING celebrates everyday people in a genuinely funny and touching way.  WORKING fills you with hope and inspiration and is the perfect musical for everyone who has ever worked a day in their lives.

 

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