Teens relate to ‘The Outsider’

ON STAGE—Young actors rehearse for the upcoming performance of “The Outsiders,” a play produced, directed and acted by teens. Courtesy photo

ON STAGE—Young actors rehearse for the upcoming performance of “The Outsiders,” a play produced, directed and acted by teens. Courtesy photo

True Hazel Productions presents “The Outsiders,” a play written by Christopher Sergel and based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., April 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., April 7 and 8 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers, is perpetually at odds with the Socs (a shortened term for “social”), a rival group.

When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Soc, the boys go into hiding.

Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.

True Hazel Productions is made up entirely of area teens.

“So now to be a bunch of teens banding together to produce something that’s going to be so special, not just for kids but for adults as well, it’s a dream come true for all of us,” says 15-year-old director Micah Meyers.

“‘The Outsiders’ is a classic with themes that hold even truer today with the Greasers, the Socs and the meaning of family,” says Micah. “In 2018, going to high school, we have cliques and stereotypes too. Plus, the Conejo Valley is all about family, so the cast and I feel that the story of ‘The Outsiders’ is totally relevant to what we’re all going through as well.”

Tickets are $15 for reserved seating. Parking is free. To arrange accessible seating, call the number below.

To buy tickets, go to the Hillcrest Center for the Arts box office or call (805) 381-1246 or go to hillcrestarts.com.