2003: Oklahoma

 

'Oklahoma!'  is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy called Curley and a hired hand named Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will Parker and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide plenty of laughs.

Curly expresses his feelings on how he would like to take Laurey to the box social that night. Meanwhile Will Parker has just returned from Kansas City. He along with other cowboys tell stories of the modern city to the onlooking ladies. Will is in fact in love with Ado Annie who herself is involved with a travelling salesman, Ali Hakim. Curly is upset to discover that Laurey has asked Jud Fry, a menacing field hand, to take her to the box social. To see what the fuss is over Jud, Curly makes a trip over to his smoke house. Laurey is now uncertain and she wishes she had not asked Jud Fry, and asked Curly instead. Onlookers bid on hampers containing home made food. When it comes to Laurey's hamper, Jud and Curly both fight over bids. Jud runs off with Laurey who, frustrated, fires him and breaks down. When Curly comes to her rescue they admit their love for each other. Three weeks later, they are married and Jud reappers. Curly frantically fights him and Jud falls on his own knife. Curly is announced not guilty in a court and the show ends happily as Laurey and Curly ride off in their surrey with the fringe on top.

The music and lyrics, by Rodgers and Hammerstein,  have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", People Will Say We're in Love, "I Can't Say No", "Oklahoma! and many more, making this a musical treat for all the family.

 

Linlithgow Gazette show review available here!

 


 

Our 2003 cast is:

 

Curly - Keith Gibson

Laurey - Shirley Hay

Aunt Eller - Sheila Rodgers

Jud Fry - Eric Brown

Will Parker - Craig Gourlay

Ado Annie Carnes - Susan McFarlane

Ali Hakim - David Wylie

Gertie Cummings - Fiona Deighton

Andrew Carnes - Bob Clark

Cord Elam - Jim Train

Ike Skidmore - David Mearns

Fred - Calum Fraser

Slim - Garry Withnell

 

Artistic Director/Choreographer...Nicola Hughes

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan