Rutland Senior Secondary Theatre 12 students present a trip to a gritty Tulsa, Oklahoma, circa 1962, in their upcoming play The Outsiders, a stage adaptation of the classic teen book by S.E. Hinton.
The play is an insightful, but often heartbreaking look at the life of teenagers who are left out of conventional society. The main characters are a band of lost boys that are left orphaned when their parents die in a car accident; so they create their own family.
In the community, the group of teens are considered hoods known simply as “The Greasers”.
“We have no money, no family and nowhere to go –so we lone it.”
Narrated by a sensitive and promising young writer named Ponyboy, played RSS stand out Sam Larsen, the play covers a tragic week in the life of a group, which is kept in check by Ponyboy’s older brother Darry (Nicholas Cooney) and drop-out brother Soda Pop (Danny Cromarty).
Unofficially adopted family members include an abused and bullied teen named Johnny (Ronan Matthew Bradford) and a wise-cracking comedian named Two-Bit (Tanner Melnychuk). Fiery friend Dallas (Tevin Draper), recently come out of jail, adds fuel to the fire and proves a lifeline for Ponyboy and his best friend Johnny when they get involved in a violent episode.
Many of the actresses (Kaitlynn Peterson, Devan Dalmann, Maria Fernanda Yurua Perez, Andriana Sukunda, Breezy Thiessen and Natasha Clement) also play double roles in this production—a real challenge for any actor. Grade 10 theatre students fill in the cast and several younger children from the community have cameo roles.
Audiences are invited to come out to the evening shows for this production next week, Tuesday-Friday, show time is 7 p.m. at the RSS Theatre. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Seating is limited, call the school at 250-765-1407 to reserve.