An award-winning novel, film and play will be brought to the stage this week as Mohave High School presents “The Outsiders.” The fall drama production is a coming-of-age story following two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who are divided by their socioeconomic status.
Four performances are open to the public: November 17, 18 and 19 at 7:00 pm, and a Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students with ID. A special performance has also been scheduled for elementary and middle school students.
The original novel by S.E. Hinton was written 50 years ago while she was a high school student. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, premiered in 1983 and featured a cast of up-and-coming stars, including C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and Diane Lane. “The Outsiders” was credited with helping launch the “brat pack” genre.
With nicknames such as Ponyboy, Sodapop and Two-Bit, “The Outsiders” characters are billed as “growing up on the outside of society – they weren’t looking for a fight, they were looking to belong.”
There are more than 40 characters performed by 33 students. Leads include Jeshua Adams, Alex Avelar, Koda Benavidez, Zach Burgess, Bradley Preston, Andrew Snider and Drake York. The production is directed by Mohave High School drama teacher Lori Garner and stage-managed by students Dylan Bender and Michelle Arteaga.
Tickets are available at the Mohave High School box office before show time. Additional information is available by calling Mohave High School at 928-758-3916, ext. 1247.
Mohave High School’s best-known drama alumnus are Seamus Dever, who has co-starred as Detective Kevin Ryan in the ABC series Castle, and Nicole Tubiola, who co-starred as Danielle Davis in the ABC Family series Wildfire. A more recent MHS graduate, J.D. Gish, received a theatre scholarship to Arizona State University following his widely-acclaimed 2014 lead in Phantom of the Opera; Gish is also working professionally while completing his education and recently starred in a Florida production of the superhero horror comedy musical “The Toxic Avenger” during his summer break.