Renowned “Kindergarten” Play Takes USAO Stage
Eight college students from different walks of life have taken it upon themselves to teach others what they should have learned in grade school. On April 7-8, the University of Science and Arts Drama Club brings the comedic drama “Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” to the stage.
Based on the best-selling series of books by Robert Fulghum, “Kindergarten” reveals funny, insightful truths about everyday life. The world-renowned drama has been performed to audiences from Singapore to Prague, from L.A. to Washington, D.C.
Three public performances of the play will be staged in USAO’s Studio Theatre, which is across the hall from the Davis Hall Little Theatre. “Kindergarten” premiers April 7 at 8 p.m. with two additional performances on April 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Although the title refers to elementary school, student director Ryan Bell of Chickasha said that the play impacts people of all ages. “This is one of my favorite shows,” he said. “It shows people at every stage in life, from your youngest days in kindergarten to the end of the Golden Years.” Bell is studying drama during his sophomore year at USAO.
Surprisingly, the cast is composed of mostly non-drama majors. Communication majors C.W. Bardsher of Duncan, Chris Davis of Chickasha, and Meagan Peters of Marlow take the stage with Minco music senior Shannan Osborn. In addition, political science students Erika Cerda of Norman and Angela Jones of Frisco, Texas join the show’s only drama major, senior Meredith “DeeDee” Beard of Tulsa.
“Kindergarten” is a theatrical storytelling of heartwarming, real-life stories. Under Bell’s direction, the actors play characters they know well: themselves. However, the drama tells fun stories including a shy boy who insists on playing the role of a pig in his class production of “Cinderella;” a man who dreams of flying, only to find himself high above L.A. in a lawn chair strapped to weather balloons; a mother-of-the-bride whose perfect wedding plans are interrupted by a “bowling ball of fate;” and a modern philosopher who finds his meaning of life in a broken mirror from World War II.
These stories may sound too unique for the casual viewer to connect with, but Bell is confident that audiences will relate. “Audience members will fall in love with the stories and the characters they meet along the way,” he said. “It is a fun show to watch; everyone can relate to the stories.”
The performances of “Kindergarten” are free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. More information about the drama is available online at usao-kindergarten.tripod.com.