St. Mel’s Musical Society will stage Oklahoma! in April 2013, 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 Longford version of Oklahoma! will be performed in Backstage Theatre for a total of eight performances, opening on Friday April 19th and will run until Saturday April 27th, 2013.
The eagerly awaited production will be directed by Leonard Anderson, who will team up yet again with musical director Fintan Farrelly and both have enjoyed a long and successful association with the local musical society. Rehearsals will start in a few weeks time and for further details contact the chairperson June Belton, 087-7998621.
The classic musical is the story of Laurey and the two rivals for her affections: Curly, a cowboy, and Jud, the hired farmhand.
The play takes place in 1906 in an Indian territory of the American West during the time when Oklahoma was established as a state. It tackles class issues between the farmers and the cowmen in the still-developing, rugged landscape of a state in its infancy as characters struggle to find hope, love and the fulfillment of “the American Dream.”
It is also a romantic tale of love. Curly and Laurey both have feelings for each other but have difficulty expressing it because of their stubbornness. Just to spite Curly, Laurey accepts an invitation to the local dance from the evil Jud Fry. Eventually, Curly and Jud duel it out.
Meanwhile, Will Parker has returned early from his trip to Kansas City. Unfortunately, his girlfriend, Ado Annie, just can’t seem to say no to other men!