South Seneca production of Up The Down Staircase debuts Friday night

“Hi, Teach!” are the first words to greet attractive Sylvia Barrett. There’s a special happiness in walking into the still-empty classroom and for the first time writing her name on the blackboard. Students pour into the classroom—cautious, testing, challenging. Simultaneously, there’s a blizzard of paperwork, warnings, contradictory orders, indecipherable instructions. Frantic, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn’t even understand the language. An experienced teacher translates: “Keep on file in numerical order” means throw in wastebasket. “Let it be a challenge” means you’re stuck with it. “Interpersonal relationships” means a fight between kids. And “It has come to my attention” means you’re in trouble. Soon Sylvia finds herself the most involved person in the school—involved in the start of a romance and in a near war with a discipline-over-everything administrator, but, most of all, involved in the unexpected, sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students.

The South Seneca production of Up The Down Staircase is an adaptation by Christopher Sergel of the 1964 book by Bel Kaufman. The original book spent 64 weeks on the NY Times Best Seller list and was later translated into a hit movie. Although we like to think that times have changed… The more things change, the more things stay the same! The story is as fresh and honest today as it was in 1964! As one critic said, “Seldom has a humorous work been at the same time so important.”

Come and join the cast of the South Seneca Falcon Players for their production of Up The Down Staircase! The play will be performed on December 7th, 8th, and 9th at the South Seneca Middle-Senior High School Auditorium in Ovid, NY. Curtain times for Friday and Saturday evenings are 7:30 pm. Curtain time for the Sunday matinee is 2pm.

Ticket prices are $6 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Director, Tina Coville-Bauder at 607-869-9636 for reservations.