Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma!

Fourteen-year-old queer boy Chrysanthemum is the endearing know-it-all serving as president of the Drama Club Council and is based on no playwright in particular. His best friend is Vice President Phylicia, a coloratura soprano in every way. (If you’ve ever done musical theatre, you know what I'm talking about!!) They are best best friends, okay? They comment on each other’s posts out of desire, not...
Fourteen-year-old queer boy Chrysanthemum is the endearing know-it-all serving as president of the Drama Club Council and is based on no playwright in particular. His best friend is Vice President Phylicia, a coloratura soprano in every way. (If you’ve ever done musical theatre, you know what I'm talking about!!) They are best best friends, okay? They comment on each other’s posts out of desire, not obligation. But when FJHS announces the spring musical will be Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, our protagonists rift. Shoot! Now one of them is the antagonist. But which one?!
Phylicia wants to star in Oklahoma! as Laurey Williams. Having a Black womxn take on this iconic lead role in a classic American musical will make a statement—and she’s the only one qualified for the job. But Chrys wants to scrap the musical altogether: it’s too problematic, providing a revisionist history that not only degrades womxn, but completely erases and forgives the atrocities done to the Native American folx from whom the territory was stolen. “We know we belong to the land/ and the land we belong to is grand”? Bullshit! That land was not theirs!
The six members of the Drama Club Council must come to a vote by the end of the week, and right now it’s 50-50. How far will Phylicia and Chrys go to get their ways? Will Chrys resort to blackmailing Zac & Jack, Cutest Couple™ for three years running? Will Phylicia betray their ten-year friendship for the chance at a role? And where the eff is their teacher?!
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Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma!

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  • Toby Malone:
    12 Jan. 2022
    It's easy to see why this play has struck such a chord with people here on NPX: it's immediately, IMMEDIATELY familiar to theatre kids (or adults who grew up as theatre kids), where the stakes are so world-endingly large and the enthusiasm for theatre and its rituals is infectious. This is a great ensemble piece, cleverly featuring only the members of a middle school drama club (all adults are off-stage) over the course of a week. Discussing the problematic nature of 'Oklahoma' amongst interpersonal drama gives this piece rich material, and the final line is killer. Great work.
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    28 Sep. 2021
    This play is a treasure! It follows a week in the life of the Fremont Junior High Drama Club Council as they debate whether or not they should do "Oklahoma!" as their spring musical. It is funny and sweet and earnest, and perfectly captures that tween stage of life - especially that tween drama kid stage of life - when everything feels either fantastic or devastating. I loved every second. Even the stage directions made me laugh. I would follow these drama kids anywhere, no matter what play they're doing.
  • David Hansen:
    29 Apr. 2021
    (A) Do we produce a problematic yet popular American musical featuring a diverse cast, which may serve to undermine the worser aspects of the work and provide visibility and advantage to BIPOC these performers or (B) create a new, so-called divised play reflecting Gen Z anxiety and concerns which may not actually be good and no one’s going to want to see but at least it’s not fucking Oklahoma? This play is so funny, even Thomson’s stage directions are hilarious. Highly recommended!

Development History

Production History

  • Professional
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    Live Theatre Workshop
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    2022
  • Professional
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    Good Company Theatre
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    2021