Anderson and Farrelly putting Oklahoma! in the right direction

Director/Choreographer Leonard Anderson, a native of Scarva, near Banbridge, Co Down and Musical Director Fintan Farrelly from Longford have enjoyed a long association with St. Mel’s Musical Society and the well established production team are back at the helm for the 2013 production, Oklahoma! which opens in Backstage Theatre on Saturday April 20th and will run for a total of eight performances.

Director/Choreographer Leonard Anderson, a native of Scarva, near Banbridge, Co Down and Musical Director Fintan Farrelly from Longford have enjoyed a long association with St. Mel’s Musical Society and the well established production team are back at the helm for the 2013 production, Oklahoma! which opens in Backstage Theatre on Saturday April 20th and will run for a total of eight performances.

With all their vast experience in musicals, Anderson and Farrelly are putting in the usual high energy and immense workrate at the rehearsals in blending the cast of Oklahoma! together for what promises to be yet another successful show. Three newcomers to the musical society are featuring in principal roles – notably the leading lady Kate Larkin (Laurey Williams) and the local girl will be joined on stage by Damien Bennett from Killoe (playing the part of Jud Fry) and Mohill native Jimmy Stenson (playing the part of Will Parker).

The following is the full list of the principal characters in the Longford version of Oklahoma!

Curly McLain (A cowboy in love with Laurey) . . . . Sean Rooney

Laurey Williams (Aunt Eller’s niece, an independent young woman) . . . . Kate Larkin

Jud Fry (A hired hand on Aunt Eller’s ranch, a mysterious and dangerous loner) . . . . Damien Bennett

Aunt Eller (Laurey’s aunt, a respected community leader) . . . . Aideen Mulligan

Ado Annie Carnes (A flirtatious, gullible young woman) . . . . Emer Reynolds

Will Parker (A simple young man in love with Ado Annie) . . . . Jimmy Stenson

Ali Hakim (A Persian peddler, enamoured of Ado Annie) . . . . Doug Fox Roberts

Andrew Carnes (Ado Annie’s father, eager to have her marry) . . . . John Kelly

Gertie Cummings (A local farm girl, fond of Curly, marries Ali Hakim) . . . . Michelle Kelly Conlon

Oklahoma! is the Rodgers and Hammerstein traditional classic featuring many famous songs such as Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, I Can’t Say No, The Farmer and the Cowman, Poor Jud is Dead and the showstopper theme number Oklahoma!

The dates for the show are as follows: Saturday April 20th 8pm; Sunday April 21st Matinee 2.30pm; Monday April 22nd 8pm, Tuesday April 23rd 8pm; Wednesday April 24th 8pm; Thursday April 25th 8pm; Sunday April 28th Matinee 2.30pm; Sunday April 28th 8pm.

Tickets for the St. Mel’s Musical Society production of Oklahoma! are now on sale at the Backstage Theatre Box Office (043-3347888). Tickets also available at Farrell Coy and booking also online at www.backstage.ie