May 6, 2011

Playing May 6-15 in Carson City

"Oklahoma!" To Take the Stage

Cast members for the 2011 production of Oklahoma!
Cast members for the 2011 production of Oklahoma!

Audiences just "cain't say no" to the American classic musical "Oklahoma!"

Rodgers and Hammerstein's ground-breaking show, Oklahoma!, was a box office smash when it opened in 1943 and has captivated the heart of America ever since. The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company brings the production to the Carson City Community Center weekends, May 6-15.

Set in Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Enduring numbers include People Will Say We're In Love, Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' and I Cain't Say No.

Rodgers and Hammerstein changed their approach to creating musicals by writing the lyrics to this show first and building all the songs and dances around the story. What resulted was the first fully integrated musical, garnering Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and ushering in the Golden Age of American musical theatre.

"What's unusual about this production is that the leads in this cast are all close, personal friends," said Stephanie Arrigotti, producer and director of the show. "While everyone in our company is close knit, I don't ever remember casting a tight group of friends simultaneously. It makes for very strong chemistry in the scenes."

Leading the group is Lynette Brown as Laurey and James McDuffie as Curly. Their comic friends, Ado Annie and Will Parker, are played by Melody Ricketts and Thomas Fisk. Leoney Berg is the surly farmhand, Jud, Christopher Willson is the traveling peddler, Ali Hakim, and Carla Wilson is Aunt Eller.

Some 45 performers complete the cast, accompanied by a 14-piece professional orchestra. Gina Kaskie-Davis is the choreographer.

Tickets are available at Realty Executives, 1071 South Carson Street or by phone at 775-445-4249. There is no service fee for charging by phone.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. There is also a Saturday matinee on May 14 at 2 p.m. Admission is $22 general, $20 for students and seniors and $18 for youth 17 and under. For more information, check the website at www.wnmtc.com or call 775-445-4249.

Press Release: April 8, 2011

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