Perrysburg grads write, stage ‘Ottville’Written by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A pair of recently graduated Perrysburg High School students are putting on the original musical “Ottville.” Performances will take place from July 8-9 at 8 p.m. and July 10 at 2 p.m. in the Juliet Beck Auditorium of the Commodore Building in Perrysburg.
“Ottville” follows the story of a town in turmoil as the poor segment of the population begins a revolt against the government.
“There’s a harsh social vision between the rich and the poor,” said co-producer Trevor Dorner. “The story follows the revolutionary leader of the poor as he leads the revolt against the government, mostly aimed at the military. It’s very much a militaristic government, just there oppressing the people, and he thought he could lead a revolt against it. Interwoven through that he ends up falling in love with the leader of the town’s niece.”
Dorner, 18, worked on the musical with his friend and classmate Edward Bean. Bean approached Dorner three years ago with the idea and a rough plot outline and the two decided to put the idea into motion.
“The original concept was to just write a book but then he decided that wasn’t really what he wanted to do so he enlisted me and we decided to make it into a musical,” Dorner said. “We were both involved in musicals at Perrysburg High School so both of us have a passion for music and musical theater as a whole. We just thought that would be the most effective way of presenting the story, in a musical fashion.”
As for the name “Ottville,” Bean was inspired to name the town after a furniture piece, the ottoman.
“He looked at an ottoman and thought it was such a random piece of furniture to have,” Dorner said. “It was just there to be there. That is kind of like the city in the musical, it’s there because it’s always been there and there’s really no reason why it is the way it is. It’s just kind of tradition.”
The talent in the musical will be made up of 25 local students who were picked after auditions ranging from college to middle school. The actors have rehearsed five days a week since May.
Tickets will be on sale — $8 for adults and $5 for students — on July 6-7 from 8-9 p.m. in the Commodore Building at 140 E. Indiana Ave.