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Pine-Richland presents "Oklahoma"

Pine-Richland High School students are busy kicking up their boot heels, rehearsing their Midwestern drawls and harmonizing their vocals in preparation for several performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! The first musical created by famed composer Richard Rogers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! is one of the most celebrated musicals of all time since its 1943 opening. “It is considered the first ‘mature’ American musical, perfectly blending all the elements of the art form – orchestral and vocal music, acting, drama, comedy and dance,” said Director Sarah McGraw. “It’s been particularly compelling to see the cast use dance as a storytelling device, and it has required a great deal of energy from each of them.” The cast includes 60 Pine-Richland High School students, and the show features and an all-student orchestra and stage crew. Producer Kathy Morrissey said she’s often in awe of the students’ talent and their commitment to making the musical a spectacular production. “Oklahoma! is pushing the students to use all of their skills at a very high level,” said Morrissey, who added she was excited to discover that Oklahoma! is celebrating its 75th anniversary the same day as Pine-Richland’s opening night performance. In Pine-Richland’s Oklahoma!, seniors Helen Krushinski portrays Laurey and Gabe Schoone play Curly, while junior Bryan Bails is Jud Fry. Ado Annie Carnes (sophomore Paige Nelson) and Will Parker (junior Tyler Hepler) are the comic counterparts to Laurey and Curley, while Aunt Eller (senior Morgan Engle) is the matriarch and conscience of the show, and Andrew Carnes (junior Parker Schubert) serves as the patriarch. “Everyone is intertwined in this small community, and there is definitely a flow chart of characters and how they relate to each other,” McGraw said. “This piece of musical Americana gives us a positive message of unity in that, like the farmers and ranchers, we have more in common than we know and our differences should be appreciated and celebrated.” March 9, 10, 16 at 7:30 pm and March 17 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm $15/reserved ticket on the main floor (Purchase Online at www.pinerichland.org/musical or through the Box Office) $10/balcony general admission seating (Purchase through the Box Office ONLY)
Date & Time
  • 2nd Friday an and Saturday
  • Mar 09, 2018 through Mar 17, 2018
  • 7:30PM
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