Local playwright takes dramatic turn with ‘The Lucky Seven’
Salesha Wilken Claremore Progress
Friday the 13th may be traditionally a day associated with bad luck, but local playwright Mark Ogle is hoping it turns out to bring him good luck with the production of his newest play, “The Lucky Seven.”
Set in Neosho Falls High School in a small unassuming Midwestern town, “The Lucky Seven” tells the story of the graduating class of 1960 — a class which holds several distinctions, among them, they are 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 pony tails to disco to leisure suits to mullets to parachute pants and more, the play allows audience members to follow the trials and tribulations of these Baby Boomers on their journey from graduation day through the next 50 years of their lives.
Playwright Mark Ogle and director Dan Huey reunite to mount this original production which showcases the talents of local actors and actresses, many of whom have appeared in previous Ogle/Huey productions.
“The Lucky Seven” 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 John Newby.
“Mark had some reservations early on about doing such a serious play,” Huey said,” but after reading his script, I knew it was one we had to do. I’m sure that the audience will find it very moving.”
“This (’The Lucky Seven’) marks my first serious play —certainly a departure from the comedy murder mysteries I always write,” Ogle. “While there is no murder to solve in this play, there are definitely secrets which will be revealed, including, why are they called ‘The Lucky Seven’?”
“We’re very appreciative Pastor (Ray) Crawford and the people of First United Methodist Church (of Claremore) for their help and ongoing support of the American Red Cross,” he added.
“We’re so fortunate to have community partners like them.”
Performance of “The Lucky Seven” will be 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at FUMC of Claremore. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes dinner and the show.
Reservations are required and may 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, and/or visit their office at 400 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore.