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 www.pattersonrep.org 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
Lights and sound — Jose Garcia
Stage crew — Leigha Addington, Nikolas Hernandiz, Alberto Ramirez and Kolaya Wilson.
Makeup — Bidi Corral