Harwood Musical: Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! - Performed on April 7-9 2016. View and purchase professional photos from Gordon Miller.
Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain (Colin Holter) and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams (Olivia Wimble) who faces her own struggle with admirer Judd (Ben Burr). An energetic secondary romance between cowboy Will Parker (Matt Skelly) and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie (Emma Jean) adds levity and comedic moments to the plot.
Oklahoma! opened on Broadway 1943 and holds a special place in the history of the American musical as one of the first book musicals, in which the music and dance serve to advance the plot of the show, instead of acting as simple entertainment. Act I ends with a 10 minute ballet with featured dancer Grace Cavender playing the role of Dream Laurey. Abby Burfoot as Aunt Eller, and Griffin Crafts as Ali Hakim round out the cast of 40 with a talented group of singers and dancers.
The orchestra, led by Chris Rivers, is made up of both student and professional players and will highlight their skills at a special music showcase before theSaturday matinee. Audience members, young and old, will hear the different instruments in the orchestra before the show and will be invited on stage afterwards to meet the cast and see the beautiful set up close. The stage crew, led by Kevin Kelly, has been working tirelessly to transport us back in time to the golden fields of Oklahoma.
This show, led by Director Scott Weigand, has four Harwood alumni on the production team: Music Director Stefanie Weigand, Choreographer Amia Cervantes, Asst. Director Joe Meade, and Costume Designer Eliza Hill. 'Oklahoma!' runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday April 7-9 at 7:30pm with a special Saturdaymatinee at 1:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 (Adults) and $5 (Students).