Thirty years ago John Hughes wrote and directed The
Breakfast Club. The film would ultimately define the decade of the 80's
and become a timeless classic to be rediscovered by successive generations
thanks to its honest portrayal of teenage angst and issues such as cliques,
bullying, abuse, and stereotypes. Oak Hall Theatre director William Eyerly has
adapted the screenplay for stage.
"I am so excited to play Claire and put my own spin
on it," says ACP Theatre senior Kelly Needles. "I know many people,
myself included, have grown up loving this film and Molly Ringwald's
performance, but I want to bring my own high school experience to the
Junior Alissa Osberg agrees. "My role as 'the brain'
was originally played by a boy. Dr. Will changed the gender so I get to show
the 'nerd' label from a girl's point of view."
The 'criminal' role of John Bender is played by senior
Kevin Johns and the 'athlete' is played by junior Daniel Sharkey. Daniella
Urdaneta takes on the challenging role of 'basket case' Allison. "I don't
really speak much for almost the whole first act but I'm on stage the entire
time and have to react in character to everything going on around me," she
explains. "I really have to listen to everything that's being said and
draw the audience's focus without detracting from the other characters'
This is the second time that Will Eyerly has staged his
adaption of the classic movie. "The themes are timeless. I directed a
production at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre ten years ago for the 20th
Anniversary," he says. "I cast students from several area high
schools including Oak Hall in the show and had adults in the adult roles. In
this Oak Hall production, students will also play the adult roles of the
Assistant Principal (Spencer Moreno) and the janitor (Avery Kitchens). I am
really proud of everyone's commitment to the show and their dedication to a
truthful performance that is truly their own and not just derived from the
The Breakfast Club will show for two nights only: Friday,
April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 PM. Saturday will also feature the
debut of ACP Theatre senior Sara Diamond's original play, A Sweet New
PLEASE NOTE: This stage adaptation of "The Breakfast
Club" is a lot like the movie and features strong language and discussions
of bullying, abuse, divorce, etc. The themes depicted are serious high school
issues and are not appropriate for young children.