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Oklahoma!

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics and Book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on LYNN RIGG's Green Grow the Lilacs

First opened in New York at the St. James Theatre, March 31, 1943

Plot Synopsis

In the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), during the land rush just after the turn of the century, Laurey, with the help of her Aunt Eller, is managing the family farm. She has two suitors: charming cowboy Curly McLain and Jud Fry, her dark, brooding farmhand. Though she favours Curly, to spite him she agrees to let Jud drive her to the Box Lunch Social.

Will Parker has returned from Kansas City where he has won fifty dollars in a steer roping contest and plans to claim man-crazy Ado Annie as his bride. Her father, Andrew Carnes, has told him that if he ever had that much money she would be his. Unfortunately, Will has spent the money on presents, and is broke again. Carnes insists she marry Ali Hakim, the peddler who has been pursuing her. Ali Hakim is not interested in marriage.

Curly visits Jud and tries to discourage him, but the rivalry intensifies. Laurey believing in the "Elixir of Egypt" bought from the peddler, sniffs it and has a dream that helps her make up her mind.

At the Box Lunch Social, while farm people and cattle folk socialize, Ali Hakim goes to great lengths to ensure that Will is once more worth fifty dollars. Jud and Curly engage in a bidding war in the auction for Laurey's lunch basket (and her company at lunch) and Curly proves his love by selling everything he owns to win.

Later, at the dance, Laurey spurns Jud's advances, which provokes a confrontation that results in Jud's dismissal and banishment from her ranch. She and Curly admit their love and they agree to marry.

Ado Annie and Will, with Ali Hakim out of the picture, reconcile and promise to be true to each other.

Laurey and Curly marry, and during the shivaree that follows, Jud returns and provokes a fight. In the scuffle, he is killed with his own knife. Curly is tried on the spot, pleads self-defence, and is acquitted.

Cast of Characters

Curly McLain

Alfred Drake

Laurey Williams

Joan Roberts

Will Parker

Lee Dixon

Jud Fry

Howard Da Silva

Ado Annie Carnes

Celeste Holm

Ali Hakim

Joseph Buloff

ALSO

Betty Garde, Joan McCracken, Bambi Linn, George S. Irving, George Church, Ralph Riggs, Marc Platt, Katharine Sergava

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

Orchestra

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'

Curly

The Surrey With the Fringe on Top

Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller

Kansas City

Will, Aunt Eller, and the Boys

The Surrey With the Fringe on Top (Reprise)

Curly

I Cain't Say No!

Ado Annie

I Cain't Say No! - Encore

Ado Annie

Many a New Day

Laurey and the Girls

It's a Scandal! It's an Outrage!

Ali Hakim and the Boys

People Will Say We're in Love

Curly and Laurey

Pore Jud is Daid

Curly and Jud

Lonely Room

Jud

Dream Sequence (Out of My Dreams Dance)

Laurey, Girls, Dream Figures

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'Acte

Orchestra

The Farmer and the Cowman

Carnes, Aunt Eller, Curly, Will, Ado Annie, Slim and Ensemble

All Er Nothin'

Ado Annie, Will and two Girls

People Will Say We're In Love - Reprise

Curly and Laurey

Oklahoma!

Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller, Ike, Fred, and Ensemble

Oklahoma! - Encore

Ensemble

Finale Ultimo

Entire Company

1955-1956 Production

Production Team

Musical Director

Robert Fleming

Dramatic Director

Bill Glenn

Scenery Director

W.E. Fancott

Production Supervisor

Margaret Fleming

Stage Manager

Tim Hynes

Prompt

Christine McCulloch-Allan

Accompanist

Winifred Canty

Business Manager

Lorne Rowebottom

Assistant Business Manager

Daisy Mae Checkley

House Manager

Ronald M. Craig

Publicity Manager

Frank Hamilton

Program Design and Layout

Douglas Johnson

Costumes designed by

Bill Glenn

Additional Costumes by

Malabar, Montreal

Dances by

Nesta Toumine

Workshop Chairman

Tim Hynes

Properties Chairman

Mary Barrette

Ushers

Girl Guides Association of Ottawa

Cast

Aunt Eller

Marjorie Stranks

Curly McLain

Ralph Roose

Laurey Williams

Esther Henry Hockin

Ike Skidmore

George Wetzstein

Slim

Stan White

Will Parker

William Dunning

Jud Fry

Des Gibson

Ado Annie Carnes

Freda Lyon

Ali Hakim

Douglas Johnson

Gertie Cummings

Barbara McKenna

Andrew Carnes

Jim Harker

Cord Elam

Al Hussey

Laurey

Beverley Bourguingon

Curly

David Maroni

Jud

Charlie Chalmers

Fall Down Girl

Gay Weir

Can Can Girls

Joanne Ashe, Merle Wallack, Donna McNaughton

Laurey Girls

Diane Purdy, Muriel Abbott, Diane Stevens, Toni Layton

Cowboys

Gerry Desbiens, Eddie Osborne, Allan Champagne

THE CHORUS

Mary Allen, Marilyn Arthur, Dorothy Beale, Betty Cowan, Dorothy Gough, Madeline Gratton, Beverley Hall, Jean Halley, Charlotte Ireland, Greta Jensen, Audrey Jordan, Irene Kennedy, Barbara Lepine, Betty McLellan, Shirley Shaver, Jean Sholds, Audrey Stewart, Marion Taylor, Doris Teal, Gail Wallace, Jean Wheeler, Lois Wright, Lloyd Burton, Jack Doolan, Stan Hicks, Earle Ingram, Bob King, Gordon Longstreet, Frank Milligan, Bill Murray, Mike Rees, Dick Romhild, George Winship.

 

1964-1965 Production

Presented April 2, 3 and 7-10, 1965 at Ottawa Technical High School Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Dramatic Director

Joe O'Brien

Musical Director

Cliff Hunt

Choreographer

Richard Jones

Set and Designer

George L. Palmer

Production Chairman and Dramatic Co-Director

Barry Stewart

Publicity Chairman

Kyle Graham

Stage Manager

James "Bud" May

Assistant Stage Manager

Guy Harrison

Make-up

Peter Brown

Properties Chairman

Carolynne Salter

Script Assistant

Michelle Savage

Costume Mistress

Riet Morel

Accompanists

Lorna Rice, Percy Scobie

Benevolent

Christine McCulloch Allan

Canteen Chairman

Louise Cameron

Ticket Manager

Faye Lavell

Programme Chairman

Peter A. Carter

House Manager (Technical Auditorium)

Pat McGee

Ushers

The Ottawa Technical High School Ushers Club

Hair Styles by

Florence, Universal Hair Design

Cast

Aunt Eller

Sally Weltman

Curly

Ralph Roose

Laurey

Freda Blain

Ike Skidmore

Jim Harker

Fred

Nick Michelis

Slim

Ed Kyle

Will Parker

Bill Baker

Jud Fry

John Andrusyk

Ado Annie Carnes

Cayla Mirsky

Ali Hakim

Allen Ireland

Gertie Cummings

Linda Berry

Kate

Pam Payant

Andrew Carnes

Barry Stewart

Cord Elam

Les Bonhower

Jess

Gerry Morris

THE BALLET

 

"Laurey"

Carla Katznelson

"Curly"

David Moroni

"Jud"

John Boschetti

CHORUS

Irene Aldrich, Ruth Argue, Wayne Blatchly, Les Bonhower, Rick Braden, Sylvia Carter, Connie Clark, Marg Cornish, Elizabeth Dickson, Edith Edgecombe, Dorothy Gough, Jim Harker, Jean Halley, Norma Jones, Nick Michelis, Gerry Morris, Sharron McCormick, Carole Meyers, Margaret Owens, Pam Payant, Michael Rees, Gerry Sheehan, Doug Smith, Sandi Thomas, Sandra Thompson, Walter Winges, Jean Wheeler

DANCERS

Gro Bjorgan, John Boschetti, Marcel Carriere, Bob Ethier, Ivan Groulx, Gloria Irvine, Eddie Kyle, Carla Katznelson, Paulette Roberts, John Pulkkinen, Linda Scovill, Jill Taylor, Anne Thompson

Mr. David Moroni appears by courtesy of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet

 

1979-1980 Production

Presented November 30 - December 1, 3-8, 1979 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Production Co-ordinator

Tom Sheilds

Artistic Director

James G. Mimnagh

Musical Director

Rod Holmes

Choreographer

Roberta Sametz

Set Designer

J. Barry Ryan

Costume Designer

Sharon Dove

Lighting Designer

Nancy Turner

Assistant to Director

Shirley Shaver

Assistant to Set Designer

Kornelia Meszaros

Scenic Artist

Dorothy Shaw

Costumes Mistress

Bev Whitehead

Accompanist

Lorna Rice

Workshop Chairman

Kazmier Krzyzanowski

Master Carpenter

Alf Davies

Sound

Bill Butterworth

Props

Malvary Cole

Stage Manager

John Solman

Assistant Stage Manager

Gerry Reynolds

Make-up

Vicki Leech

Hair Stylist

Cher Daley

Photographer

Chris Terry

Publicity Director

Judith Froome

Programme Director

Geoffrey Paterson

House Manager (Commerce)

Don Wheeler

Prompter

Fran Smith

Ticket Manager

Michael Gareau

Social Director

Mark Hudson

Show Illustration

Geoffrey Paterson

Cast

Aunt Eller

Sharron McGuirl

Curly

Stuart MacKinnon*

Laurey

Jocelyn Crain Spaull*

Ike Skidmore

Barry Bielby

Fred

Andy Robertson

Slim

Ken Kelly

Will Parker

Michael Gareau

Jud Fry

David Hayes

Ado Annie Carnes

Cayla Baylin

Ali Hakim

Bob Lutes

Gertie Cummings

Catherine Glen

Ellen

Lesley Lacroix

Vivienne

Dolores Gilmore

Faye

Diana Roach

Virginia

Mary-Anne Taylor

Laurey (Dancer)

Debbie Miller

Curly (Dancer)

Steve Young

Andrew Carnes

Stuart Rogers

Cord Elam

Richard Benneworth

DANCERS

Lise Anne Bourgeois, Joan Foster, Catherine Glen, Debbie Miller, Tania Sablatash, Denise Smith, Mary-Anne Taylor, Pat Weston, Richard Benneworth, Bob Corrigan, Andy Robertson, J. Barry Ryan, Dean Verger, Jack Wallace, Roger Webber-Taylor, Steve Young

CHORUS

Lise Anne Bourgeois, Sylvie Faulkner, Joan Foster, Dolores Gilmore, Lesley Lacroix, Lyse Lacroix, Debbie Miller, Diana Roach, Carolyn Russell, Tania Sablatash, Mary-Anne Taylor, Jacqueline Thillaye, Christina Thompson, Jean Wheeler, Barry Bielby, Peter Bennett, Les Bonhauer, John Griffiths, Glen Janzen, Ken Kelly, Alan Mainguy, Andre McArdle, Adam Shoemaker, Dean Verger, Jack Wallace

*Jocelyn Crain Spaull and Stuart MacKinnon are appearing by permisson of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Orchestra

Under the direction of Rod Holmes

Violins

Millicent Shaw, Niela Dickinson, Florence Dunne, Keith Milliken

Violas

Eliane Milliquet, Charlotte Covington

Cello

Steve Smith

Bass

Champ Champagne

Guitar/Banjo

Gino Scaddidi

Piano

Lorna Rice

Percussion

Neils Lund

Flute/Piccolo

Laurie Lund

Clarinet

Norman `Duke' McGuirl

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Michael Scorah

Oboe/English Horn

Veronica Milroy

Trumpets

Sid Arnold, Edward Hall

French Horns

Nat Battersby, Michael Fitzgerald

Trombone

Drummond Hudson

1994-1995 Production

Presented November 25 - December 3, 1994 at the Adult High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Production Team

Artistic Director

Sheila Shields

Musical Director

Rod Holmes

Choreographer

Chris Amott

Production Coordinator

Don Lambton

Assistant Director

Peter Messier

Assistant Musical Director

Marylen Milenkovic

Stage Manager

Carol Chamberlain

Assistant Stage Manager

Owen Allen

Set Designer

Tom Shields

Costume Designer

Millie Mallon, Bev Whitehead

Properties Mistress

Cathy McKechnie

Sound Designer

Neil Bateman

Lighting Designer

Mike Jotoff

Make-up Designer

Melva Scott, Barbara Seeton

Master Carpenter

Tom Mordasewicz

Workshop Chairman

John Solman

Accompanist

Lorna Rice

Cast

Aunt Eller

Charlotte Stewart

Curly

Ted Mann

Laurey

Carolyn Dunlop

Ike

Alec Connelly

Slim

Jim Morrison

Will

Bob Legare

Fred

Walt Conrad

Jud

Klaas van Weringh

Ado Annie

Kathryn Romanow

Ali Hakim

Jim Robertson

Gertie

Barb O'Connor

Carnes

Moe Romanow

Cord

Malcolm Wall

THE CHORUS

Rian-Stacy Bayne, Cindy Beaton, Laura Caswell, Amanda Corber, Sheila Craig, Shona Cranston, Patrick Donahue, Robin Guy, Minna Koch, Alex Latoche, Monique Legault, Annette MacDonald, Carol Martin, Anne Montgomery, Mark Munday, Francois-Michel Pelleceur, John Powell, Kraig Proulx

Orchestra

Under the direction of Rod Holmes

 

Oboe/English Horn

Veronica Milroy

Flute/Piccolo

Charles Hendricks

Clarinets

Michael Scorah, David Ward

Violins

Irving Thompson, Ioan Harea, Sophia Pan, Kevin James, Elaine Milliquet

Cello

Steve Smith

Bass

Sol Gunner

Trumpets

Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud

Trombone

Drummond Hudson

Guitar/Banjo

Craig Kennedy

Percussion

Art Beers

Links to Related Sites

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

R&H page: Oklahoma!

Musicals.net: Oklahoma!