By Cody Willoughby
TROY — Troy Civic Theatre will be presenting a new production, “The Pajama Game,” set to open today.
Set in 1953 Iowa, the “Pajama Game” is the story of factory superintendent Sid and committee head Babe, two workers at a pajama factory who fall in love amidst growing labor troubles.
Barrie Van Kirk, director of “The Pajama Game,” feels this is the perfect time to present this story to the public.
“With times the way they are, this show’s a wonderful diversion,” Van Kirk said. “It takes you back to a gentler, friendlier time when a full tank of gas and a black-and-white television were considered luxuries. It debuted in 1955, and was one of the first plays that featured songs, which added directly to the plot. It’s a fun, family-friendly show with great music and a lot of talent.”
The cast, which is made up of actors who hail from Troy, Sidney, Piqua, and the greater Dayton area, includes Tom Caldwell, Jude Couser, Julia Couser, Susan Couser, Steve Dietrich, Sydney Edington, Gage Emerson, Pam Haislip, Kevin Jones, Meaghann Joseph, Don Kutchta, Emma Littlejohn, Susan Littlejohn, Bonnie Lurie, Josh Lurie, Liz Maxson, Mike Maxon, Mallory Pappas, Amber Robinson, Carla Robinson, Michelle Robinson, Paul Robinson, Annie Stemen, and Jenny Weber.
“The cast of this show gelled early on, not only professionally, but personally,” said Liz Maxson, who plays Babe in the show. “It’s been a lot of fun creating and being a part of the process with this group of people.”
The “Pajama Game” is presented by permission from Music Theatre International, and is sponsored by UTC. Performances run Nov. 10- at the Barn in the Park on Adams Street. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are on sale for $14 each.
Troy Civic Theatre is a non-profit community organization.
To purchase tickets and for more information, call (937) 339-7700, or visit www.troycivictheatre.com.