If you've ever wondered what Gov. Mary Fallin might look like doing the popular dance “Gangnam Style,” here's your chance.
Local actors and actresses from the Oklahoma City metro will perform in this year's OKC Gridiron Show, portraying many of Oklahoma's state leaders.
The play, opening Wednesday, is full of political satire in the form of song, poking fun at Oklahoma's local, state and national lawmakers and newsmakers.
The OKC Gridiron Show has been performed every year since 1928, except for a few years during World War II. Proceeds from the show provide money for a series of scholarships awarded each year to journalism students who attend Oklahoma colleges or universities.
Since its founding in 1928, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club & Foundation has provided nearly $500,000 in scholarships to future journalists in Oklahoma.
The show is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Lyric Theatre at the Plaza at 1727 NW 16 St. Tickets are $35.50.
The theme of this year's show is a parody of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the 1986 comedy featuring Matthew Broderick as Ferris. The show is set in a classroom with Mr. Bueller as teacher.
In the first act of the play, national lawmakers, including President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney visit the class.
Vice President Joe Biden swings by the classroom to give the students a lesson on the nation's economy, teaching them about a “three-letter word” — jobs. He soon earns a dunce cap.
“If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong,” Biden tells the class.
The second half of the show takes a look at the past year of politics in Oklahoma.
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi meets an education mob, upset over her A-F grading policy. Barresi and the group soon face off in a parody of the song “Hard Knock Life.”
“All you teachers got to know, it's the hard-knock life I hoe, cuttin' budgets, out of schools, until you play by my rules, it's the hard-knock life!” Barresi sings.
Gov. Fallin swings by the classroom to teach students about her policies in transparency, noting that not all of her emails are for the public's eye.
“Hey, Secret Mary,” her entourage sings, bouncing to the beat of the viral Internet sensation known as “Gangnam Style.”
Fallin soon delivers her State of the State address, noting the success of Oklahoma since she took office.
The Gridiron cast takes note, wrapping up the play with a rendition of “Oh Happy Day.”