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
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatrical Europe
|Musical Director||COLIN WOOLMER|
|Dance Captain||CARI DEAVES|
|Aunt Eller||KATHY MAY-MILLER|
|Ike Skidmore||GORDON SUTTON|
|Will Parker||JOSEPH PHILPOTTS|
|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|
|Production Managers||CAROLINE PRICE JULIE SUTTON|
|Stage Crew||TIM ALLAN FRANK BELL JOHN HORTON IAIN STORES CRAIG PRALL|
|Lighting Design||VICKY ALLEN|
|Sound Design||DANIEL PAYNE|
|Set Design||ANDY 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|
|Costumes||FUN ‘N’ FROLICS, READING|
|Sales and Marketing||CARLIE COHEN|
|Publicity Materials and Programme||HELEN PALMER MARTIN PALMER|
|Materials printed by||TOWER PRESS|
|Rehearsal Pianist||RON PICKERING|
|Prompt||SALLY 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.