Baldwin High set to present ‘Lucky Stiff’
It took a large inheritance, with a stipulation attached, but shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon's life is changed in the Baldwin High School's musical, "Lucky Stiff."
"It's basically a wake-up call for him," director Ryan Reed said. "He's been drifting, but he realizes he's ready to start living."
The musical comedy, performed by a 15-member cast, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
Reed said "Lucky Stiff" is not an average musical.
"It's quite a bit different," he said. "It's definitely something that's out of the ordinary."
Reed, who recently graduated from Southwest Missouri State with a bachelor's degree in theater performance, said he chose the musical after hearing a friend sing one of its songs.
"I thought it was a kind of neat song," he said. "So I read the script and I liked it a lot."
Senior cast member Glen Stansberry said he thought the audience will like it a lot as well.
"It's really funny and fast paced," Stansberry said. "The audience really has to think."
Junior cast member Ali Scott said she thinks the audience will enjoy the comedic nature of the musical.
"I think it's really funny," she said. "I'm looking forward to hearing the audience's reaction."
The cast, Stansberry said, has been working hard to have the production ready for this weekend.
"It's a difficult play to do. There are a lot of little things that could throw off the whole play if they're not right," he said. "We've put in a ton of work."
But the hard work has paid off, Reed said.
"The kids have been great," he said. "They're really starting to get excited about telling the story."
He said he is also a little excited. A 1996 BHS graduate, Reed is returning to the stage he performed on in high school, but to take on the role of director instead of actor.
"I'm really excited to be doing this. It's really an honor," he said. "I've never had to be in charge of it all, so it's a great learning experience."
He said he encourages the community to see "Lucky Stiff."
"It'll be fun for all," he said.
Cast members are Stansberry, Scott, Adam Turk, Matt Noonan, Jason Smith, Jason Curran, Andrea Arnold, Jamie Grosdidier, Lindsey Hitchcock, Lindsay Gastelum, Skye Ried, Jennifer Floersch, Casey Millstein, Cory Venable and Dennis Craig.