S E Hintons novel The Outsiders was made into a movie years back by Francis Ford Coppola. Now, its being produced as a musical by Trinity Catholic College which has taken up The Outsiders this year as its major work. Each year in February, the senior drama, music and dance students stage a production as the culmination of their previous years course.
The Outsiders is the story of Ponyboy Curtis, his two brothers Sodapop and Darry as they strive to survive the gang upheavals in small town America of 1960s.
The boys find security in their own gang, the Greasers, but the death of a rival and then one of their own, brings a whole re-evaluation of who they are, why they are here and their future path.
Darryl Chute, who attended Lismore High School in the 70s, and Angela Martin, who now teaches at Trinity, adapted the novel into a musical some 20 years ago.
The Outsiders is directed by Peter Derrett and Genevieve Lewis and involves some 60 students and runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval.
Itll be staged at the Champagnat Centre for the Performing Arts in Lismore next Thursday to Saturday, February 1-3, at 7pm. Theres an extra performance on the Saturday, February 3, at 2pm.
Tickets are $15/10 and available from Caddies in Lismore (6621 7709) and Trinity Catholic College St Marys site (6621 8155).