The musical "Working" presents a fresh take on the plight of the American employee.

By Ivey McDaniel | Staff Writer

Theatre is preparing to start the 2012 season on a high note. The cast will be presenting a musical called “Working”. The production is an ensemble performance about the struggles of the modern American workforce.

“It’s different than anything we’ve done here at Johnson. It’s character instead of plot-driven, and it’s focusing on the blue collar workers, and how nobody really pays attention to them. We switch to the different jobs they hold, and the characters tell their story about how they got where they are, what they do, and how they feel about their job. We go from a housewife to a parking lot manager to a corporate businessman, and a lot of others,” said junior stage manager Darbi Broadhead.

There are roughly 55 cast members, so practices have been challenging. Chorus member Katherine Brown has felt the toll of the strenuous and frequent practices.

“The choreography is so hard. Our choreographer doesn’t count beats, so it’s been pretty difficult. We have to sing, dance, and smile- it’s like being Beyoncé,” said Brown.

The play includes 18 songs, and will be roughly about an hour and a half long. Tickets go on pre-sale at the lunches the week on the 16th for $6, and $8 at the door. The performance opens Thursday Jan. 19 at 7:00 PM, Friday Jan. 20 and Saturday Jan. 21 at 7:00 PM, and on Sunday Jan. 22 at 2:00 PM.

“I just hope everything comes together on time, that people really enjoy it and understand that this is something we’re not used to doing; and everybody has fun,” Broadhead said.

 

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Ivey McDaniel is a senior at Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High school. This is her third year on in publications and is the Arts and Entertainment editor for the 2012-2013 school year. She is the president of Key Club, and an active member of Unity Club and NHS. Ivey works at the Garment Exchange and enjoys NPR, her cat Mochi, and the musical stylings of Neil Diamond.

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