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Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.
This new 2012 version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people's relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of Working allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians, working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.
May 13, 14, & 15
(*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Musical will look a little different this year. The performance will be pre-recorded and will be streamed online via showtix4u.com.)
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Preview of the Musical from The Sentinel
W-C musical Working: A Musical to be streamed 3 nights only
Like many others, Wheatland-Chili High School students were cheated out of doing their musical in 2020 because of COVID-19. W-C’s young thespians were just one week away from the curtain rising on their show Sister Act when schools in New York were shut down the weekend of March 14-15.
This year, the students won’t be cheated because Working: A Musical will be streamed online for three nights only May 13, May 14, and May 15 at 7 p.m. with an individual viewing pass (1 person) costing $10 and a family viewing pass costing $25. The performance was filmed on April 29 at the Wheatland-Chili Middle School/High School auditorium.
“Students were masked for the whole production but speak and sing all the songs in the show,” said artistic director Jason Ford. “The performance is dedicated to our front-line and essential workers who have kept our country moving during this global pandemic.”