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Butler Music and Theatre Departments Collaborate to Present "The Pajama Game"

Butler Music and Theatre students are rehearsing for the "The Pajama Game" production.
Published: Monday, November 15th, 2021

Tony Award winning musical to be presented at Fine Arts Theatre

Butler Community College’s Music and Theatre Departments will present “The Pajama Game,” a musical theatre production with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. It is based on the novel "7 ½ cents" by Richard Bissell.  This musical comedy is about a union strike at a pajama factory that generates plenty of steam heat in this toe-tapping, comedic love story.

The original production of “The Pajama Game” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1955, and the revival production won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2006. Butler’s production is directed by Professor of Theatre Samuel Sparks, choreographed by Professor of Music and Dance Valerie Lippoldt Mack, and music direction is by Professor of Music Matthew Udland. The show takes place in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Butler of El Dorado campus, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.

The show will include a 20-person orchestra made up of faculty and student musicians, a dance number by the Butler Headliners, and another number with four featured dancers. Nearly 100 students in total will work both onstage and offstage for the show.

Purchase tickets from 1-5 p.m. at the Box Office in the Fine Arts Building, call 316.322.3262 or go online at www.butlercc.edu/boxoffice. Cost is $5 per person. Butler students, staff and faculty get in free with Butler ID.

Cast Members Include:

Max.......................................................Dakota Beck

1st Helper/Ensemble...............................Jacob Phillips

2nd Helper/Ensemble..............................Jeremy Buckingham

Poopsie /Ensemble.................................Gwen Crank

Joe/Ensemble.........................................Samuel Downey

Pop........................................................Aiden Garrett

Gladys....................................................Kelsi Harris

Babe Williams.........................................Hannah Johnson

Brenda/Ensemble....................................Natalie McCoy

Mae........................................................Lizzy Portwood

Mabel......................................................Sofia Roszel

Prez........................................................Keaton Smith

Hines.......................................................Ryan Smith

Hasler.......................................................Tyler Truman

Charley/Ensemble......................................Ryan Vogel

Sid Sorokin................................................Christian Watkins

Ensemble: Aiden Alexander, AJ (Hallie) Hart, Ally Larkin, Caroline Birkhofer, Chloe Beth Welsh, David Allen, David Ingram, Elijah Turner, Emily Hernandez, Emma Dunn, Jade Darnell-McCoy, Jesse Pauley, Michael Jabara, Khaliyah Registe, Jordan Pryor, Madilyn Henderson, Reagen Heimgartner, Summer Ketcham, Rachel Christenson, Mason Lange, Nichelle Borman, Madison Ciesielski

Students by Hometown

Andover

Natalie McCoy, Keaton Smith

Augusta

Samuel Downey  

Bel Aire

Ryan Smith

Clearwater

Ryan Vogel

Conway Springs

Dakota Beck

Derby

Madilyn Henderson

El Dorado

Gwen Crank, Jade Darnell-McCoy, Reagen Heimgartner, Summer Ketcham

Eureka

Elijah Turner

Goddard

Aiden Garrett, Caroline Birkhofer, Jeremy Buckingham, Rachel Christenson

Junction City

Chloe Beth Welsh

Maize

Ally Larkin, Mason Lange

Minneapolis

Nichelle Borman

Newton

Jacob Phillips, Kelsi Harris

Park City

Jordan Pryor

Potwin

Hannah Johnson

Valley Center

Madison Ciesielski, Tyler Truman

Wichita

Aiden Alexander, AJ (Hallie) Hart, Christian Watkins, David Allen, David Ingram, Emily Hernandez, Khaliyah Registe, Michael Jabara, Sofia Roszel

Wilmore

Emma Dunn

Mass.

Brimfield

Lizzy Portwood

Mont.

Deer Lodge

Jesse Pauley