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Herndon High Students Begin Work on 'Working'

Herndon's upcoming production is not your usual high school fall play. An ensemble cast of 25 actors is working together to bring a portrayal of what it is really like to work in America. "Working" is based on actual interviews from the best selling book of the same name by Studs Terkel.

Stephen Schwartz, composer of "Godspell" and "Pippin," adapted the book to the stage and incorporated original music by him and other composers including James Taylor. The show consists of interweaving songs, monologues and scenes taking you into the minds and hearts of workers in professions ranging from custodian to CEO; housewife to migrant worker. Each character in the play is a based upon an actual person explaining their work, their life and why the do what they do. All of the characters dialogue and song lyrics are the actual words of those interviewed by Terkel, Schwartz and co-adapter Nina Faso. The show combines elements of drama, comedy and musical theater in a unique format. "Working" helps the audience to see the people around them as individual human beings, not just people doing a job.

"Working" will be performed in the Herndon High School auditorium Nov. 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets $7 students and senior citizens $5.

To become a member of the Herndon High School Drama Boosters access their website at http://www.herndondrama.org or contact the Herndon Theatre Department at 703-810-2341.