P-O Drama Club to present "Oklahoma!"
Come join the P-O Drama Club on a trip back to the old west in this timeless classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" April 8, 9, & 10 at 7 p.m. at the High School auditorium.
Though the first time “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” was sung on a New York stage March 31, 1943, it has continued to bring crowds out to the theatre for the farmer and cowman conflicts, the perils of young love, the spectacular dances and memorable music.
The story revolves around the conflicts between the farmers and cowmen of the soon-to-be-state of Oklahoma. Of course, through those conflicts there must be underlying problems with love. Shy, farm girl Laurey, played by senior Debi Hirschbiel, is attracted to cowman Curly, portrayed by sophomore Devin Tekely. However, she tries to make him jealous by agreeing to go to the box social with the rude hired hand Jud, played by sophomore Chris Stine.
Meanwhile, bronco buster Will Parker, sophomore Corey Marks, tries to get flirtatious Ado Annie, freshman Emily McCafferty, to settle down, but she has mixed feelings for both Will and peddler man Ali Hakim, junior Daniel Davis. Aunt Eller, portrayed by senior Samantha Stiner, tries to keep the peace in the territory.
"Oklahoma!" is director Lisa Shore Chorle’s 20th show at P-O.
“When it came to choosing a musical, it wasn’t hard to be drawn to 'Oklahoma!' As a sixth grader, I remember falling in love with musical theatre when I attended the 1978 Howard Anderson production of 'Oklahoma!' at our own P-O high School," she said. "I was completely mesmerized by the phenomenal performances of Stewart Hollis as Curly, Rem Jackson as Jud, and P-O’s current band director Valerie (McKay) Stiner as Aunt Eller. (Ironically, it is her daughter Samantha reprising the role.) I got all of their autographs and truly knew that the stage was where I someday would be.”
Mrs. Chorle’s assistant director is Lisa Bock. The choreography is led by Brandy Williams, and the music vocals and pit are under the direction of Jenni Lazauskas. The technical director is senior Jerry Putillion. This cast and crew of more than 70 have been working hard since January,. So, come on out, kick up your cowboy boots, and let us take you on “The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top” from a “Beautiful Morning” to “Kansas City” to “Many a New Day” and then “Out of Your Dreams” to, finally,
O K L A H O M A!
Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, are available at Conklin’s Corner Antique & Gift Barn, Sharon & Kelly’s Beauty Salon, and at the door show nights.
Last Modified on April 5, 2010