High School Students Perform ‘Working’

Tazia Cole sings “Just a Housewife” in the Saturday night performance. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The Brentwood High School theater department performed the musical “Working” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the high school’s auditorium. A cast of 15 students directed by Anita Lippman brought to life the script, which was adapted from Studs Terkel’s 1974 book of the same name.

The book is a series of interviews with people about their jobs. In the BHS musical, the students played the workers talking and singing about their occupations. For instance, Gabe Lawrence played a UPS driver, Maria Fisher was a schoolteacher, Chris Palacios and Lary Walburn were truckers, Tazia Cole sang about being a housewife and Deja Price worked in a mill.

It was the final theatrical performance for seniors Cole, Price, Fisher and Gabrielle Zoellner. Cole and Price are honor thespians, each having studied theater for at least three years.

The set was designed by Tim Rempel, the production stage manager was Carol Rhodes, the musical director was Andrea Brauer and the choreographer was Danielle McKeirnan.

The cast, alphabetically: Kerry Clarke, Taiza Cole, Kayla Dillard, Maria Fisher, Ar’shay Lampkin, Abby Lawrence, Blake Lawrence, Gabe Lawrence, Emma Lochmoeller, Chris Palacios, Deja Price, Gracie Silch, Contessa Smith, Lary Walburn and Jill Yancey.

Andrea Brauer, musical director of the production, accompanies the singers on piano. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Chris Palacios sings in the opening number, “All the Live Long Day.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Corporate guy Lary Walburn talks business on a cell phone. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Maria Fisher sings about being a schoolteacher in “Nobody Tells Me How To.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Gracie Silch makes a point. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Chris Palacios (left) and Lary Walburn sit between the headlights of their 18-wheeler during “Brother Trucker.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Kayla Dillard (left) and Kerry Clarke. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Tazia Cole sings “Just a Housewife.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Blake Lawrence plays a UPS driver. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Gabe Lawrence delivers a line. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Kayla Dillard (left) and Abby Lawrence. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Abby Lawrence (left) and Kayla Dillard. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Deja Price sings the lead in “Cleanin’ Women.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
The brooms came out for the song “Cleanin’ Women.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
The singers in “Cleanin’ Women strike a pose at the end of the song. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Jill Yancey has no trouble expressing herself. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
The cast sings the final number, “Something to Point To.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Everyone took to the stage for the final song, “Something to Point To.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
The cast takes a bow on Saturday night, including seniors (from left) Deja Price, Tazia Cole and Maria Fisher. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Abby Lawrence and Lary Walburn single out Gracie Silch (far right) for applause at the end of the show. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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