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Sock hop to romance, pay raises
Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Photo by Megan Blume
Pajama workers dance their way to a seven and a half cent raise in the University Theatre production of "The Pajama Game."

'The Pajama Game' final production
of the year for
University Theatre


Catchy songs and energetic dancing bring “The Pajama Game” musical to life during the University Theatre’s final production of the year.

“It is a huge show and we wanted to end our season with a ‘feel-good’ musical,” said Janice Fronczak, director of the musical and theatre associate professor.

The workers of Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are desperate for a seven and a half cent raise, and they’re threatening to go on strike. Tensions run high with union workers, and love blossoms between two employees on opposite ends of the strike.

“The employees’ stormy relationship comes to a head, setting off a conflict between management and labor, as well as a hysterical battle of the sexes,” Fronczak said.

The cast and crew have been preparing for the musical since mid-February, practicing dance routines and memorizing song lyrics.

“Preparing for this musical has been rough,” said Natalie Burling, a junior theatre/organizational communications major from Kearney. “We rehearse six days a week for four hours each day. This cast is much larger, and the group scenes and dance numbers take a lot of time and a lot of patience.” The show has a cast of more than 20 students.

“This show is filled with a lot of dances,” Fronczak said. “The music is pure 1950s musical type--simple lyrics with catchy tunes.”

“The audience can expect to leave with a smile on their face,” Burling said. “The musical is full of energetic songs and dance numbers, as well as some laughs.”

The original musical opened on Broadway in 1954 and won a Tony for Best Musical. In 2006, the musical was revived and won a Tony for Best Revived Musical.

“This is a very fun, fast moving family show,” Fronczak said, “The songs are catchy and the dances are full of color and energy.”

“I am glad we are ending the year with this musical because it is so upbeat,” Burling said. “It also has a very summery feel to it, so it has been getting me in the mood for break.”

INFOGRAPHIC
“The Pajama Game” performances will be Wednesday-Saturday, April 13-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m., in the Miriam Drake Theatre, located in the UNK Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $3 for UNK students; $10 for adults; and $7 for UNK faculty/staff, non-UNK students and seniors. For tickets, or more information, contact the Theatre Box Office at 308.865.8417 or boxoffice@unk.edu.

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