COAST REP THEATRE SCHOOL STAGES
HINTON CLASSIC, ‘THE OUTSIDERS”
Prompted by Lobbying from Teen Actors
most middle schoolers in San Diego County, Geoff Geissinger read “The
Outsiders,” S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel about honor and acceptance
emerging from a teen-age turf war between the working-class “greasers” and
wealthy “socs” in 1960s Tulsa.
Geissinger, then a 7th grader at Earl Warren
Junior High in Solana Beach, liked the book, liked it a lot.
He liked it so much, in fact, that he needled the North Coast Rep Theatre School staff to produce the stage version while he was performing “Charlotte’s Web” last season.
“I thought, ‘That would be such a fun show to do,’”
said Geissinger, who turns 14 Nov. 24 and is in 8th grade at Earl
Warren. “It was different from the shows we usually do. It was more of a manly
actor Gabe Krut also often lobbied the school's director to select a
coming-of-age play with a serious plot that kids his age could relate to, and is
pleased to see “The Outsiders,”
which Hinton wrote when she was 16 years old, produced.
“It takes the book to another level,” said Krut, 13, an
8th grader at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla of Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation.
“It satisfies that need in a reader to see the character, to put the name
together with a face.”
Theatre School staff happily relented to the Geissinger’s
enthusiasm for the characters and insistence that the story of social outcasts
resonates today, and are producing “The Outsiders” at the Solana Beach
theater November 29 to December 2.
“I have been so
impressed by the talent, drive and professionalism of all the young actors in
‘The Outsiders’ cast,” said Siobhan Sullivan, the show’s director.
“Their spirit is alive in each of the characters. . .truly bringing the book
“The Outsiders” marks Sullivan’s debut as a director
for the Theatre School and her inaugural show as its Director of Theatre School
Education and Outreach. She has 20 years experience as a director for adults
(both in Chicago and for several local theaters) and youth, most recently
serving as Artistic Director of
Broadway Theatre Arts Academy and Performing Arts Manager/Artistic Director for
the Joan B. Kroc School of the Arts, Kroc Kids and Verge Theatre Company.
Local actor Brian Mackey (named 2011 Actor of the Year by the San Diego Theatre
Critic Circle) plays Dallas and serves as a mentor for the student actors.
The story revolves around Ponyboy (played by Krut), Johnny
(played by Geissinger), their fellow greasers and a vicious attack by the Socs
(short for “socials” and pronounced "soashes") that sets off a
turbulent chain of conflict and death, ending with a understanding of the power
of the written word.
production drew teen-agers from La Mesa to Vista to join the cast. The
student cast is made up of: Creston Brown (Two-Bit) from Vista; Claire Chiswell
(Mrs. O’Briant/Assistant Director/Dramaturg) La Mesa; Amanda Dodson (Assistant
Director/Cherry understudy) Encinitas; Bryan Dorman (Bob/Paul) Lakeside; Tanner
Erdem (Jerry/Ponyboy understudy) Encinitas; Geoff Geissinger (Johnny) Carmel
Valley; Isa Guilfoyle (Sandy) Del Mar; Audrey Hebert (Mrs. Syme) Encinitas; Gabe
Krut (Ponyboy) Del Mar; Phillip Magin (Sodapop) Solana Beach; Henry Pedersen (Randy)
Rancho Santa Fe; Jennifer Richards (Cherry) Carmel Valley; Ann Ryan (Assistant
Director/Sandy understudy) Carmel Valley; Cayla Surovsky (Marcia) Carmel Valley;
and, Noah Yatsko (Darry) La Mesa.
Performances: 5 p.m. Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 and 5 p.m.
Dec. 1 and 2 at The North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Santa Fe Drive, Solana
Beach, CA 92075.
Tickets: $10 for children (up to age 17) and $14 for
adults. Call (858) 481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org/.
Caption IDs: Front
Row from left: Gabe Krut (Ponyboy) and Geoff Geissinger (Johnny). Back Row
from left: Brian Mackey (Dallas), Noah Yatsko (Darry), Tanner Erdem (Jerry,
Ponyboy understudy), Phillip Magin (Sodapop), and Creston Brown (Two-Bit)
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