NEW Washington - Fair wages for workers has always been an issue in the United States and elsewhere. A wage dispute is at the core of the plot as the Buckeye Central High School production of "The Pajama Game."
"The Pajama Game" is based on Richard Bissell's novel, "7 1/2 Cents." Union workers in the Sleep Tite Pajama factory threaten to strike to obtain an hourly raise of 7 1/2 cents.
First produced in the late 1950s, the play depicts the workplace before the advent of modern technology and stricter government regulations regarding safety and equal opportunity employment.
PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS
Workers at Sleep Tite Pajama Factory socialize at the company picnic. Shown (from left) are Olivia Stadler, Megan Gwirtz, Emma Studer and Wyatt Kisor.
Three students from Bloomville are part of the cast. They are Cody Hepp as Sid Sorokin, Paul Ulmer as Prez and Annah Kalb as a member of the chorus.
The cast also includes Kirsten McCarthy as Babe; Graham Lewis as Hasler; Brittany Hushour as Gladys; Joey Baxter as Hines; Haley McCarthy as Mabel; Amy Rietschlin as Mae; Erin Dye as Poopsie; Denver Wright as Pops; and Wyatt Kisor as Joe.
Additional chorus members are Yali Sandino, Chelsea Ramey, Abby Von Stein, Megan Gwirtz, Olivia Stadler, Joe Ross, Zach Hiler and Emma Studer.
Mark Heydinger is directing the production, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased 6-9 p.m. today and at the door 30 minutes before each show. The school is at 938 S. Kibler St., New Washington. For details, call (419) 292-1023.