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OTH plans tryouts for 'Pajama Game'

It's a struggle between labor and management set in post World War II America.

It's also a love story and it represents a return to grown-up musical comedy for Sunnyside's Over The Hill (OTH) theater group.

"Annie, Cinderella and Wizard of Oz are out of the norm for us," Sheila Hazzard, director for the group's upcoming production of "The Pajama Game", said of OTH's recent productions. "We normally have more adult type of plays, but it's so much fun for adults to be little kids."

True to the original musical, OTH's performance of "The Pajama Game" is set in 1940s and 1950s and centers around a threatened labor strike by workers seeking a raise.

Added to the mix is the fact a union worker and management employee are in love.

"It's labor and love," Hazzard remarked.

Like all OTH productions, though, "The Pajama Game" is a labor of love relying on volunteers to go forward.

To that end, OTH will conduct a tryout for "The Pajama Game" on Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. at Grace Brethren Church in Sunnyside.

Hazzard said tryouts are informal.

"We're real laid back. Our motto is if you're breathing you've got a part," she laughed. "If you're not, we'll prop you up!"

Help is not only needed in casting the play, but behind the scenes in areas such as lighting, ticket sales and the stage crew.

OTH tryouts are open for those 45 and older to perform. Any age is welcome to work behind the scenes.

Performances of "The Pajama Game" are set for Sept. 28, 29, 30 and Oct. 6 and 7.

Hazzard said the time frame is moved up from past performances because of scheduling needs with the high school auditorium, site of the OTH production.

To help out behind the scenes or for more information on try-outs, contact Hazzard at 839-3871.

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