Reform School for Wayward Girls

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Reform School for Wayward Girls

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Theater The Hideout Theatre
Directed by Kaci Beeler
Run Sep/Oct 2014

Reform School for Wayward Girls was a mainstage show at The Hideout Theatre set in a 1970s all-girl reform school.


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The show took place in 1976 in St. Agatha's Reform School for Wayward Girls, a reform school in the fictional town of East Libertyville, Ohio. The show was based on old exploitation films such as Girl Gang, Reform School Girl, and Girls in Prison.

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Each performance opened with a hosted introduction from "Mitch Dawson", the superintendent of the East Libertyville Independent School District. The host welcomed the audience and got an audience volunteer to assign a set of six reform-school-girl archetypes (such as "the cheerleader" or "the daddy's girl") to six of that night's female cast members. (Each archetype came with a basic description and a set of accessories.) Then the show proper started with a choreographed dance number to the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb". The dance included the whole cast: the six students, one student-aged boy, and two adults (one male, one female).

The dance then segued to the first act, which was an improvised monoscene in which a teacher oversaw the six girls in detention. The scene opened with a roll call which established each girl's name. The scene then included pop-out flashbacks to earlier scenes from the girls' lives, which usually included information about how each one landed in the reform school. Typically, halfway through, there was a fight among the students that prompts the arrival of a sinister headmaster or similar authority figure. The first act ended with another fight among the girls and then the end of detention.

The host returned to announce a ten-minute intermission. The host had, by this point, come up with three loglines for improvised narratives -- he announced those to the audience and instructed them to vote on which story they wanted. At the end of intermission, the host returned to re-introduce the girls (with a WWE-style introduction) and announce the winning story. He then set up the first scene, performed a bit of scene-painting, and left the stage.

This began act two, which was an improvised narrative. The cast improvised the story the audience picked, typically with the six "reform-school girl" improvisors playing those same students throughout, and the other three performers playing every other character in the story. Often, the narrative included a montage-style scene where all the girls had to work together to achieve some complicated goal.

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