The Redlands East Valley Thespian Troupe 5847 recently performed the play “Wild Oats” on October 13, 14, and 15. “Wild Oats” is a “melodrama set in the wild west that includes elements of Shakespeare,” explains Redlands East Valley senior and President of the Thespian Troupe Katie Hayes. The plot follows a man named Jack Rover who falls in love with a woman named Kate Thunder --- but then he pretends to be her cousin. It is the wild west after all.
“It’s a whole case of mistaken identity,” Hayes surmises.
The theater department puts a lot of time and effort into the entire procedure. From making sets to learning lines, more than 90 hours of practice time can be accounted for. And these hours are accumulated after school -- not during class time -- meaning that the kids involved in the play are dedicated, passionate, and hard-working individuals.
And their hard work translate directly into the production quality. “I’m really happy with how it turned out… It turned out really really well,” Hayes concludes. And others agree: Senior Cameron Kroetz talks about the play with a flourish. “I think it was really funny. It was so in your face … and I loved it.” Fellow Senior Savanna Patino shares similar sentiments. “I thought it was really interesting and really crazy -- but in a good way. The entire cast was [also] really good.”
While Wild Oats has had their last performance, the theater program is now starting to prep for their spring musical “The Wizard of Oz”. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information!