LOWER MAKEFIELD >> Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the Tony Award winning musical comedy by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, “Oklahoma!,” written right here in Bucks County, is coming to the Pennwood Middle School stage on March 9-10.
This high-spirited look back at the story of farm girl, Miss Laurey Williams, depicts how her tangle with two rival suitors, handsome cowboy Curly McClain, and brooding farmhand, Jud Fry, shakes up the territory.
More than 100 Pennwood rising stars and countless volunteer friends and families have contributed time, skills and creativity to present the classic story starring Carissa Salzano as Miss Laurey Williams, Ryan Torres as Curly McLain, Elise Carey as Ado Annie Carnes, Jacob Rea as Will Parker, Vanessa Nolan as Aunt Eller Murphy, Drew Matheson as Ali Hakim, Madison Russell as Agnes Carnes, Avery Mackey as Jud Fry, Lily Erdogan as Gertie Cummins, a large, talented, energetic Chorus, and a dramatic dream ballet performed by Abby Moser.
Directed by Brian Davis, the show is supported by a large student crew, and features live musicians and many custom-built stage sets.
“This cast and crew put their heart and soul into recreating this moment in time. The costumes, the sets, and the determination to get into character has really come together to deliver an exciting show,” said Davis. “Each year our musical takes a new direction, and our students continue to amaze me with their commitment to excellence. You won’t want to miss this one!”
Oklahoma! carries its audiences back to 1906 western Indian territory in Claremore, Oklahoma, before it was even a state. The area is raging with land boundary rivalries between farmers and ranchers. Amidst the feuds, the strong willed Miss Laurey Williams seems to struggle with saying “YES” to either of her eligible suitors, handsome and confident Curly McLain, and shy, misunderstood Jud Fry. Ironically, her friend, Ado Annie Carnes, seems to have trouble saying “NO” to anyone, including cowboy Will Parker and savvy traveling peddler, Ali Hakim.
The Pennwood actors will present the original score by Rodgers and Hammerstein, including “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” an energetic all cast performance of “The Farmer and the Cowman,” and an elegant dream ballet depicting Miss Laurey’s premonition of the battle of Jud and Curly. It’s an enthusiastic, blast to the past rendition of a classic musical with singing, dancing and fun for the whole family.
Show times for this smash hit family musical are March 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. All tickets are $10, reserved seating, and advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the door on performance nights, 45 minutes prior to curtain. The audience entrance and ticket sale location is through the double doors on Roelofs Road. For more information on tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.