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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  • 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!
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    1 Apr. 2021
    A deliciously hilarious play. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember giving this a read. The dialogue pops along, the characters are flawed and relatable, and the main problem the play tackles feels both essentially junior high AND one that all of American Theatre is grappling with right now.
  • Audrey Lang:
    20 Mar. 2021
    Paul Michael Thomson has written an outrageously funny play that also manages to address a wide variety of serious issues in society, in theatre, and of course, in junior high school. The climax, and the way it was resolved, truly got me. This play never loses the trying-too-hard vibe of every junior high theatre kid, capturing them with humor and understanding, but also acknowledges the real hurt they cause each other in the process. Such a brilliantly written and constructed piece!

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