Despite Oklahoma! (cast pictured) getting postponed due to last weekend’s severe weather, a large crowd came out to the Holland Theatre this Friday night to see the musical’s premiere.
Peggy Weiss directed the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which is based on a stage play by Lynn Riggs, Green Grow the Lilacs. Oklahoma! is set in 1906 Indian Territory. It tells the tale of cowhands and farmers finding love and a sense of community.
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Watch a clip from Oklahoma!
Laurey, played by Bellefontaine native Miriam Stoner, is a spunky character who helps look after her Aunt Eller’s (portrayed by Trena Craig, of West Liberty) farm. Laurey is courted by two different young men: Curly, played by Seth Mitchell, and Jud, portrayed by Steve Dietrich.
Listen to Mitchell discuss his character Curly
Oklahoma! provides romance and comedy in a setting of tough times. Craig says audience members can expect to get a good laugh from the show.
Listen to Craig talk about Oklahoma!
Last weekend’s severe thunderstorm left most of the region without power, so the show was rescheduled for this Friday and Saturday. Stoner says the cast is excited that the show will go on.
Listen to Stoner discuss rescheduling the show
If you missed Friday’s show, you can still attend Saturday’s show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.thehollandtheatre.org for $15, $12 or $7. All tickets purchased for last weekend’s shows will be honored at any show this weekend.