GROTON -- Even before the Sandy Hook tragedy, Lawrence Academy students had decided to explore the human experience of such an event in their original theatrical production Oklahoma! City.

Sadly the December events in Newtown, Conn., added more poignancy to the production, which will be presented Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center.

The setting is in an Oklahoma City high school in April 1995, where students are rehearsing a production of the musical Oklahoma! in the days before and after the Murrah Building is bombed in the largest single act of domestic terrorism this country has known.

The story is about what the students rehearsing the show go through as their lives are thrown into tumult when the terrorism occurs. It also considers how they deal with it as a community and individually.

Theater director Joel Sugerman and dance director Brian Feigenbaum have guided the students as they created this original work. It was created from student writings and improvisations, interviews with Oklahoma residents who were teenagers at the time of the bombing and an original student-composed score.


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On the marquee

  • LAUGHS A-PLENTY: Lowell High School Drama Club presents the comedy Greater Tuna on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, upstairs from the cafeteria. Director Sharon Glazer Bisantz and the cast promise laughs as they introduce audiences to the daily lives of the zany citizens of Tuna, Texas. $5 at door.
  • MURDER ON MENU: Theatre with a Twist introduces Dessert and Drinks to Die For, a new Murder Mystery Theatre. The first escapade is the comedy Café Murder on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the TWT headquarters at 278 Great Road, Acton. The plot involves Rosemary Saint John, a loud hypochondriac who is presumed murdered during her birthday celebration. The audience has to figure out whodunit. $25, includes dessert and tea/coffee. BYOB. 978-302-0985 or www.theatrewithatwist.org.
  • KID STUFF: Boston Children's Theatre presents Honk!, the musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic story The Ugly Duckling. Performances Feb. 9-24 in The Roberts Studio Theatre at Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. $25 at 617-424-6634 or www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
  • FUN-RAISER: Friends of MRT host a wine and beer tasting benefit on Tuesday, March 19, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Richard and Nancy Donahue Center at Bagshaw Mills, 132 Warren St., Lowell. Tutto Bene and Lowell Beer Works provide the tastes. Visit www.MRT.org or call 978-654-7552 for info.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.