McNicholas High School theater will perform The Pajama Game, a musical based off the book 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell, at Anderson Town Center. The musical opens on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Following performances are on Fri., March 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Sat. March 3, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale during school lunches from Feb. 27 through March 2. Online tickets are available here. All tickets are $12.
The Pajama Game takes place in the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory in 1950. “It is a love story that takes place at the factory during a tense time when workers are waiting for a 7 and a half [cents] on the hour raise, but management is holding back. The union is planning a strike,” Theater Director Teresa De Zarn said. “Sid, the supervisor who is in love with Babe, the laborers’ Grievance Committee, finds a way to save their relationship and get the workers their raises.”
Seniors Sam Veeneman and Katie Taylor lead the cast as Sid and Babe.
“My character’s name is Catherine ‘Babe’ Williams and she’s the head of the Grievance Committee for the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. She is taken through a journey where she finds love unexpectedly, experiences a loss of work, and her growth to become more determined to strike for a fair pay,” Taylor said. “This production has a bunch of super fun scenes in it where it varies from romance to comedy. There’s scenes where the characters are joking around with one another, but there are also serious moments where they can show some disagreement.”
“My character is Sid Sorokin. In a world where Sid is the new superintendent and is looking for a fresh start, a pajama factory is the logical choice,” Veeneman said. “His past is something that follows him like a shadow and he is trying to move on in life by finding a change of scenery. You can expect big dance numbers, hyped up picnics, and knives flying through the air.”
“[The Pajama Game] is full of great, fun characters, lots of beautiful songs, and lively dance numbers. It is an old time, feel good musical with lots of laughs and great performances by our cast,” De Zarn said. “While coming out to support the McNick students who have worked hard to put on a great show, you will enjoy a fun filled evening of song and dance.”
“People should come see The Pajama Game because it has McNick’s biggest student stars and talented individuals along with the finest crew we could ask for. Come support all those who put hard work and dedication into this production for all fair viewers to enjoy,” Veeneman added.
“Buy your tickets soon,” De Zarn added. “We tend to sell out.”