Youth get all tied up in new production
by Maddy Houk / Patterson Irrigator
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Baily Sawyer is picked up by Ariel Escobar and Megan Cuellar during rehearsal Monday for "Tied to the Tracks" at the Patterson High School auditorium.  Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Sheriff Billy Bold and his crew will ride to the rescue of Dakota Melody in the Patterson Repertory Youth Theatre production of “Tied to the Tracks” this weekend.

The show will be a directorial debut for Patterson High School senior Moonisah Ali, who says she has been involved with almost every other aspect of theater. Her work on “Tied to the Tracks” is part of her Patterson Required Exit Project, aka P.R.E.P. Project, with the help of drama teacher Tori Scoles.

“I’ve been backstage, I’ve done lights and I’ve done scenery,” Ali said. “I really just watch Tori and see how things go. When she tells me how stressed out she is and about what made her stressed out about the play, it just sounds fun to me.”

Ali most recently starred in the high school’s “Guys and Dolls Jr.” and last year appeared in “The Outsiders,” among other productions.

This time, she is behind the scenes — choosing who will act in the play and rehearsing with them in the afternoons — all in preparation for opening night Thursday, April 22, at the high school auditorium.

Creekside Middle School student Baily Sawyer, 12, plays the hero, Sheriff Billy Bold.

“I love acting,” Baily said. “I’m trying to get an agent so I can move up to movies.”

Baily’s credits include roles in “The Aristocats,” “Cinderella Jr.” “Seussical Jr.” and “Aladdin,” all with the Youth Entertainment Stage Co. in Modesto. He also was in the Patterson Repertory Theatre production of “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.”

Fellow Creekside student Megan Cuellar, 11, plays a character named Mrs. Cornish. No stranger to the stage, she also appeared in the “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” last year.

“Acting is fun,” Megan said. “My grandpa, Sam Cuellar, told me about it, and I got interested.”

“Tied” is a Western comedy and melodrama by Tim Kelly that will feature a cast of 26 and crew of six, with actors ranging in age from 5 to 12. The story revolves around the heroine, Dakota Melody, who resists the evils of Silias Scavenger and his sidekick in a shoot-’em-up thriller.

Scoles and company co-founder Colton Dennis chose the play because of its proven track record.

“Colton remembered it to be a good show,” Scoles said. “He did it with elementary school children years ago. I read it and liked it.”

At a glance

• WHAT: “Tied to the Tracks"

• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 22 through 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25; box office opens 30 minutes before show time

• WHERE: Patterson High School Auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St.

• TICKETS: General admission, $7; students and seniors, $5

• INFO: 499-9363 or

The characters and their players

Jake — River Sprague

Caleb — Jordan Hoxie

Sarah — Jayden Larson

Tillie — Lorelie Sprague

Zenobia — Alyssa Smith

Mrs. Bradman — Alexis Zaragoza

Dakota Melody — Logan Larson

Running Water — Gabriel Gareva

Cassie — Tyler Sawyer

Theodora Barracuda — Makenna Hernandiz

Fifi — Jacinda Hernandiz

Laurette Julia Hoxie

Professor Silias Scavenger — Anthony Francis

Sheriff Billy Bold — Baily Sawyer

Peggy Sarah Clifford

April — Claire Hoxie

Imogene — Ariyanna Rico

Rufus Clang — Vanessa Sotelo

Prairie Rose — Jordyn Larson

Clint — Raina Padilla

Rawhide — Juniper Sprague

Johana — Sofia Gregoris

Mrs. Cornish — Megan Cuellar

Mrs. Riggs — Ariel Escobar

The crew  

Lights and sound — Jose Garcia

Stage crew — Leigha Addington, Nikolas Hernandiz, Alberto Ramirez and Kolaya Wilson.

Makeup — Bidi Corral
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