One former Oregon High School Performing Arts Center director and three OHS graduates are involved in upcoming Strollers Theatre, LTD productions of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
They will be held on the Drury Stage inside Madison’s Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St.
General admission tickets cost $20, while tickets for seniors, students and Strollers Theatre, LTD members cost $15.
Graduates Payton Cardella, Katrina Harms and Sarah Hassam, and former OHS PAC director and community education instructor Katie Monk, are all contributing to the play in different ways, director Kathleen Tissot told the Observer.
The story, based on a novel, follows 15-year-old Christopher, who is presumed to have autism spectrum disorder.
Since Tissot herself directed plays in Oregon from 2000-2015, she developed close connections with Cardella — whom she cast for the role of Christopher — Harms, Hassam and Monk. She said Harms will write original music for the play, Hassam will advise for the fight scenes and Monk will be the choreographer.
Tissot said she casted Cardella for the role of Christopher in particular, because he has ASD himself.
“Casting someone on the autism spectrum was important to me,” Tissot said. “He was the best one for the role.”
In the play, Christopher is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to understand his everyday life. He eventually finds himself standing next to his neighbor’s deceased dog, who was speared with a garden fork. Christopher then seeks to solve the mystery about the dog’s death.
“We tend to lump people according to their disabilities,” Tissot said. “The message I hope to get across is that everybody is different.”
For more information about the play, call 354-7034.