Oklahoma!

DESCRIPTION

The Theatre Guild committee were delighted to present Oklahoma! as our 2004 production. This was only the second time in the club’s history that we had presented this classic musical (the first being back in 1995 in Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre)! With an all new production team, a new theatre, a largely new cast (and a significantly larger budget – £25k) we hoped to bring something fresh to our patrons. Audience figures finalised at around 84% and feedback was extremely positive. The production raised a total of £726 for Accord Hospice – a Renfrewshire based charity. We almost doubled our membership remaining from the previous year’s Sweet Charity for this show. All in all it was noted that 2004 was a very good year for Theatre Guild!

 

SYNOPSIS

The story follows Curly’s romantic pursuit of Laurey in the weeks leading up to the territory’s declaration as a state in the early 20th century. Laurey is secretly happy to be pursued but Curly has a rival in the form of rough farm hand Jud Fry.

Meanwhile, Will Parker has returned from a trip to the big city hoping to woo his love Ado Annie. Unfortunately for Will she is the proverbial girl who can’t say “no” and hasn’t said “no” to any man since he left! Will finds that he has to romance Ado Annie away from the attentions of the Persian peddler – Ali Hakim.

The two love stories meet at the picnic basket auction where tradition dictates that a man who really loves a woman will bid highest for her basket since he wins not only the food but her company when he eats it! Jud and Curly rage a fierce bidding war for Laurey’s basket but Curly sacrifices everything to win. Jud is a bad loser and tries to kill Curly. There is a fight and Jud is killed. Curly is cleared of wrongdoing and they all live happily ever after (aw!).

Songs include Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re In Love, Kansas City, The Farmer and the Cowman and Oklahoma!

 

VENUE

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Athenaeum Theatre
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
G2 3DB
United Kingdom
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CAST

Curly McLain Cameron Lowe
Aunt Eller Norma Fingland
Laurey Williams Caroline Patterson
Ike Skidmore Tony Smith
Slim David McCurrach
Will Parker Sean Stirling
Fred Jim Munro
Jud Fry John Cuthbertson
Ado Annie Suzanne Lowe
Ali Hakim Wilson Paterson
Gertie Cummings Sharon Curley
Andrew Carnes Les Hooper
Singing Girls Alyson Steel
Suzanne Wilson
Victoria Ridyard
Dream Laurey Sarah MacKay
Cord Elam David Sturgeon
Mike Chris Potter
Joe Hamish Fingland
Tom Stephen Armour

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Team
Artistic Director Alasdair Hawthorn
Musical Director Julie Ballantyne
Choreographer Margaret Carr
Rehearsal Pianist Maryam Sherhan
Stage Director Ian Purves
Stage Manager Mark Ridyard
Properties Jackie Garden
Colin Hooper
Wardrobe Christine Hooper
Prompt Dorothy Bedford
Professional Services
Set Albemarle, London
Costume Utopia, Dundee

 

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