‘Pajama’ cast donates time

Things may be getting stressful for the cast of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s upcoming production of “The Pajama Game,” which opens April 10.

As any show would experience in its last weeks of practice, time is running out, and the pressure is on to ensure that the production will not only be of a high quality but that it will be something that leaves its audience with something to take home.

Regardless of the final product, this cast can rest easy knowing that, before their show even opens, they’ve already given back.

The cast of the Theater-by-the-Grove and IUP music department production will be taking time out of their rehearsals to perform at the “11 a.m. Coffee Break Cabaret” 11 a.m. Saturday at The Artists Hand Gallery on Philadelphia Street.

The event marks the beginning of a three-week-long pajama and book drive and is arranged with the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Pajama Program.

The Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many of whom are orphans waiting to be adopted.

In cabaret style, the cast will sing selections from “The Pajama Game” along with other golden age musical-theater songs.

Briana Thomas (junior, musical theater and sociology), who plays Babe Williams in the show, will be singing at the event and said she feels grateful to be doing so.

“I love to sing, and the fact that I get to sing for a good cause is awesome,” Thomas said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to the event.

Those who do will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to one of the musical’s upcoming performances.

Sarah Geisweit (senior, theater), who is stage manager of both Saturday’s event and the musical itself, said that there is something to be offered even to those who don’t wish to donate or are unable to do so.

“At the very least, it’s a chance to get some coffee and just enjoy show tunes,” Geisweit said.