Backstage with Russty: An Insider’s View of ‘Outsiders’

by Zac Russ.

Socs and Greasers enjoy each other's company in one place only: the green room. Cast members enjoy bonding with each other during green room chat sessions. (photo by Zac Russ)

Socs and Greasers enjoy each other’s company in one place only: the green room. Cast members of the Marian Players production of “The Outsiders” enjoy bonding with each other during green room chat sessions. (photo by Zac Russ)

Many people know of the glorious and magnificent plays that Denny Charbonnet puts on during the Fall every year. The fall play that was staged this year was “The Outsiders,” by Christopher Sergel.

The play consisted of 48 cast members and featured Anthony Bonano as Ponyboy, Isaac Hebert as Bob, Reagan Hill as Randy, Luke Vargas as Johnny, Brooks McMahon as Two-Bit, Logan Haydel as Sodapop, Bradley del Rio as Darry, Parker Layman as Dallas, and Margaret Baglow as Cherry. Although these people can be amazing on stage, you might wonder what goes on backstage in the “green room.”

After everyone is touched up with makeup and worked up in character, there are a variety of green room activities that come to life. They range from “Silent Go-Fish” to dancing to pre-1960s music. It is also a time to get to know people and bring them together.

“There’s nothing like being in an old theater building for hours during a rainstorm in the middle of downtown Covington that brings people together, you know?” senior Kurt Thompson, who played Paul Holden, said.

Greaser (Zac Russ) and Cherry Valance (Margaret Baglow) strike a killer pose. (photo courtesy Zac Russ)

Greaser (Zac Russ) and Cherry Valance (Margaret Baglow) strike a killer pose in the green room. (photo courtesy Zac Russ)

In the green room, one may see a Greaser and a Soc playing a game of cards or having a conversation, but some cast members will never break character even off stage, like Parker Layman. I’ll tell you that I spent more time talking to Dallas and not much time talking to Parker himself.

If you are looking to be a part of the Marian Players, it is certainly a great activity to do. Call-backs for the Spring musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” were held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, for boys. Girls’ call-backs were held this week on Tuesday, Dec. 1. But, there are still lots of opportunities to get involved as a member of the production crew. The musical is expected to run some time in March or April with practice starting before the end of the semester.

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