OKLAHOMA! – MARCH 2008

Music by
RICHARD RODGERS
Book by
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Lyrics by
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs
OKLAHOMA!
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatrical Europe

CREATIVE TEAM

DirectorSARAH WOOD
Musical DirectorCOLIN WOOLMER
Dance CaptainCARI DEAVES

CAST

PRINCIPALS

Aunt EllerKATHY MAY-MILLER
CurlyDAVID IZZO
LaureyALEX SELLERS
Ike SkidmoreGORDON SUTTON
SlimCLIVER SLATTER
Will ParkerJOSEPH PHILPOTTS
FredBOB MCGHEE
Jud FryIAN "SPUD" SMITH
Ado Annie CarnesLAUREN NEWMAN
Ali HakimPETER CHIVERTON
Gertie Cummings

KAREN MOORE

HELEN PALMER

Andrew CarnesKEITH SHERGOLD
Cord ElamPETER FRANCIS

DANCERS

HILARY ASTON
CHARLOTTE BARNES
LORRAINE BRENNAN
JUDE CLAY
CARLIE COHEN
CARI DEAVES
FLORENCE HOPKINS
KIM KNIGHTS
SARAH JEFFERY
JENNY MOSELEY
NAOMI STONE
FIONA WATTS

ENSEMBLE

RON BAGLEY
ANNE BELLE
SIMON EASTWOOD
CAROL ENGLISH
ADRIAN HYDE
DIANE LOVELOCK
CHERYL MCGHEE
CRAIG MITCHELL
JOY NEWMAN
HELEN PALMER
MARTIN PALMER
CAROLINE PRICE
YVONNE RABSON
FRANCES SMYTH
JULIE SUTTON
SHALEGH THOMPSON
MIKE TWIDDY
NICK WILLIAMS
SARAH WITTS

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Managers

CAROLINE PRICE

JULIE SUTTON

Stage Crew

TIM ALLAN

FRANK BELL

JOHN HORTON

IAIN STORES

CRAIG PRALL

Lighting DesignVICKY ALLEN
Sound DesignDANIEL PAYNE
Set DesignANDY GUTTERIDGE
Set Construction

ANDY GUTTERIDGE

JOHN BASTABLE

BOB MCGHEE

ALEX SELLERS

KEITH SHERGOLD

IAIN STORES

MIKE TWIDDY

NICK WILLIAMS

Properties

DIANA HOUCHIN

CORAL MINIFIE

GRAHAM WELLER

Wardrobe

SHELAGH THOMPSON

JULIE SUTTON

CostumesFUN 'N' FROLICS, READING
PhotographyDAVID CHADWICK
Sales and MarketingCARLIE COHEN
Publicity Materials and Programme

HELEN PALMER

MARTIN PALMER

Materials printed byTOWER PRESS
Rehearsal PianistRON PICKERING
Prompt

SALLY AIREY

HEIDI CHERRY

Oklahoma! was an instant success and ran for a record breaking 2,212 performances only to be beaten 15 years later by ‘My Fair Lady’. World War II delayed the opportunity for the show to be seen in London but when it arrived in 1947, starring a little known Harold (Howard) Keel, it had a profound affect on the British public. Brought up on a diet of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward, and living under the grey clouds of post-war austerity; audiences were won over by the upbeat, optimistic themes and colourful spectacle. From that moment, the American musical was to reign supreme for decades to come. The 1955 film, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, is still a popular favourite today and the show continues to be one of the most often revived by both professionals and amateurs. The recent National Theatre production, headed by Maureen Lipman, was critically acclaimed and a studio version was filmed specially for release on video.

Synopsis

In the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), during the land rush of 1907, Laurey, with the help of her Aunt Eller, is managing the family farm. She has two suitors: charming cowboy Curly McLain and Jud Fry, her dark, brooding farmhand. Though she favours Curly, to spite him she agrees to let Jud drive her to the Box Lunch Social.

Will Parker has returned from Kansas City where he has won fifty dollars in a steer roping contest and plans to claim man-crazy Ado Annie as his bride. Her father, Andrew Carnes, has told him that if he ever had that much money she would be his. Unfortunately, Will has spent the money on presents, and is broke again. Carnes insists Annie marry Ali Hakim, the peddler who has been pursuing her. Ali Hakim is not interested in marriage.

Curly visits Jud and tries to discourage him, but the rivalry intensifies. Laurey believing in the “Elixir of Egypt” bought from the peddler, sniffs it and has a dream that helps her make up her mind.

At the Box Lunch Social, while farm people and cattle folk socialize, Ali Hakim goes to great lengths to ensure that Will is once more worth fifty dollars. Jud and Curly engage in a bidding war in the auction for Laurey’s lunch basket (and her company at lunch) and Curly proves his love by selling everything he owns to win.

Later, at the dance, Laurey spurns Jud’s advances, which provokes a confrontation that results in Jud’s dismissal and banishment from her ranch. She and Curly admit their love and they agree to marry.

Ado Annie and Will, with Ali Hakim out of the picture, reconcile and promise to be true to each other.

Laurey and Curly marry, and during the shivaree that follows, Jud returns and provokes a fight. In the scuffle, he is killed with his own knife. Curly is tried on the spot, pleads self-defence, and is acquitted.

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