BAOS

Oklahoma 2008

​Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
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

Director SARAH WOOD
Musical Director COLIN WOOLMER
Dance Captain CARI DEAVES

PRINCIPALS

Aunt Eller KATHY MAY-MILLER
Curly DAVID IZZO
Laurey ALEX SELLERS
Ike Skidmore GORDON SUTTON
Slim CLIVER SLATTER
Will Parker JOSEPH PHILPOTTS
Fred BOB MCGHEE
Jud Fry IAN “SPUD” SMITH
Ado Annie Carnes LAUREN NEWMAN
Ali Hakim PETER CHIVERTON
Gertie Cummings KAREN MOORE HELEN PALMER
Andrew Carnes KEITH SHERGOLD
Cord Elam PETER 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 ManagersCAROLINE PRICE JULIE SUTTON
Stage CrewTIM ALLAN FRANK BELL JOHN HORTON IAIN STORES CRAIG PRALL
Lighting DesignVICKY ALLEN
Sound DesignDANIEL PAYNE
Set DesignANDY GUTTERIDGE
Set ConstructionANDY GUTTERIDGE JOHN BASTABLE BOB MCGHEE ALEX SELLERS KEITH SHERGOLD IAIN STORES MIKE TWIDDY NICK WILLIAMS
PropertiesDIANA HOUCHIN CORAL MINIFIE GRAHAM WELLER
WardrobeSHELAGH THOMPSON JULIE SUTTON
CostumesFUN ‘N’ FROLICS, READING
PhotographyDAVID CHADWICK
Sales and MarketingCARLIE COHEN
Publicity Materials and ProgrammeHELEN PALMER MARTIN PALMER
Materials printed byTOWER PRESS
Rehearsal PianistRON PICKERING
PromptSALLY AIREY HEIDI CHERRY

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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