Girls will be boys

MEMBERS OF THE CAST OF “THE OUTSIDERS” work on a scene during rehearsal last Wednesday. Pictured are Logan Burns (right) and Chandra Moua (left) in front, along with Marissa Johnson, Rachel Przybilla, Sophia Dieter and Annaka Hook (lying down). Photo / Per Peterson

A number of female actors will be filling male roles as TAHS takes on ‘The Outsiders’ for its fall production

When Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon and C. Thomas Howell teamed up in 1983 to be part of a coming-of-age drama called “The Outsiders,” it’s likely they knew they would spark what would become the Brat Pack genre.

Nearly 40 years later, Tracy Area High School students have formed their own Brat Pack, with a major twist — some of them are female.

Director Doria Drost said the original plan was to do a production of “Our Town,” but because of a moratorium placed on digital recreations of “Our Town,” TAHS had to do a last-minute switch two days before auditions were scheduled. And the gender reversals are not lost on Doria.

“Mostly everybody cast is going to be playing a male role, except for Jenna (Spanovich) and Kaylee (Campbell) — those are the only two that are actually cast into female roles.”

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