By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013
Classmates Jake (actor David Barron) and Elizabeth (actress Celina Davis) each flash peace signs while reminiscing over their 1960 yearbook from Neosho Falls High School. They are two of the seven class members known as \"The Lucky Seven.\"
Friday the 13th may just prove to be one of the luckiest nights of the year for those who attend the production of “The Lucky Seven”, written by local playwright Mark Ogle.
The setting is Neosho Falls High School in a small unassuming Midwestern town. There is nothing special about either the school or town. What is special is the 1960 graduating class. This class holds many distinctions, including being the first class to graduate from the new high school building, as well as being the smallest graduating class ever with just seven class members. From tie dye and ponytails to disco to leisure suits and mullets to parachute pants and leg warmers to acid washed jeans to skinny jeans, the play allows audience members to follow and witness these Baby Boomers on their journey from graduation day through the next 50 years of their lives. Their trials and tribulations of just living life.
Mark Ogle and Dan Huey team up again to put on this production that includes many of the talented actresses and actors that audiences have enjoyed watching in different productions over the years. Cast members include: David Barron, Celina Davis, Dakie Reeder, Mark Karlovitz, Logan Fink, Sam Brassfield, Anthony Wolfe, Scott Worley, Johnny Messimore, Lisa Fink, Chris Harren, Tom Fink, Emily Keith, Dale Marlar, Beverlee Caraway, Kessiah Neff, Elizabeth Holden, MacKenzie Ogle, Lauren Worley, Misty Edwards-Matheson and Johnny Newby.
“I know Mark had some hesitation about doing such a serious play, but after reading it, I knew it was one we had to do,” said Dan Huey, the play’s director. “I think the audience will find it very moving.”
“This play is definitely a departure from the comedy murder mysteries I usually write,” said Ogle. “While there is no murder to solve in this play, there are definitely secrets that will be revealed, including why they are called ‘The Lucky Seven.’”
“I can’t thank Pastor Ray Crawford and everyone associated with the First United Methodist Church of Claremore enough for their continued support of the American Red Cross,” said Ogle. “The American Red Cross is so fortunate to have community partners like the church.
The performance will be on Friday, September 13 at the First United Methodist Church of Claremore. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 (includes dinner and show). Reservations are required and can be made by calling the church at (918)341-4580.
All money raised from the event will go to the American Red Cross to help provide immediate emergency assistance (temporary lodging, food and clothing) needed by those who experience a disaster. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org/easternoklahoma. To contact your local Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center, please call (918) 343-1803 or visit their office at 400 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook at facebook.com/redcrossclaremore.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.