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Oklahoma 2005

Oklahoma!

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Book & Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow The Lilacs"
Original Dances by AGNES DE MILLE

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD on behalf of
THE RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN THEATRE LIBRARY of New York

23 - 26 February 2005

7.30 p.m. each evening and 2.30 p.m. Saturday Matinee

Hind Leys Theatre
Forest St, Shepshed, Leics., LE12 9DB

 
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CAST

Curly Michael Daniels
Laurey Sarra Elliott
Aunt Eller Michelle Spencer
Will Parker Adam Daniels
Ado Annie Charlotte Hall
Jud Fry Chris Wilson
Ali Hakim Phil Pickering
Gertie Cummings Nina Henson
Andrew Carnes Adam "Ace" Painting
Ike Skidmore Jarrod Makin
Fred Daniel Lucas
Slim Elliot Whysall
Cord Elam Ryan Barnes
Ellen Charlotte Elliott
Kate Lucy Partridge
Vivian Hannah Mitchell
Virginia Suzie Hemstock
Sylvie Sophie Miller
Armina Frankie Smith
Jess Ebony Riley
Aggie Hayley Crane
Dream Laurey Lucy Partridge
Dream Curley Chris Brown
Dream Jud Jonathan Painting
Chorus Of Farmers, Cowmen, Townsfolk & Girls

Laura Bexon, Chris Brown, Lucy Burdett, Maddie Clark,
Rebecca Dobson, Bethan Evans, Michaela Griffiths,
Kimberley Haywood, Daisy Jarvis, Jordana Makin,
Sarah McDowell, Claire Moloney, Victoria Noseley,
Claire Oswin, Ellie Owen, Jonathan Painting, Emma Partridge, Charlotte Smith & Holly Wagg


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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Producer/Director Adrian Dobson
Choreographer Wendy Spencer
Musical Director John Budding
Costume Co-ordinator Sue Penver
Lighting, SFX & Sound Design James White
Lights Darren Spencer & James White
Followspot Scott Thornton
Sound Richard Budding
Stage Manager Linda Moulton
Stage Crew

Ashley Moulton, Alan Jamieson, Howard Rogerson,
Lee Brookes, Adrian Lungenmuss, Paul Whitmore,
Dave Warren, Steve Threlfall-Rogers, & Gary Cox

Front Of House Manager Julia Painting
Assistant Choreogrpahers Charlotte Hall & Michelle Spencer
Set ESNA Players
Box Office Julia Daniels & Helen Whysall
Properties Charmine Wagg
Make-Up Estelle Riley
Programme Photographs Julie Oswin
Rehearsal Photographs Ray Barratt
Poster & Programme Alix Ashurst
Public Relations Co-ordinator James White
Video Gordon Smith
Fundraising Sue Penver
Acknowledgements

Hind Leys Caretakers, theatre & community staff;
Vine House; ESNA Players; Brookside Nurseries;
Richard Budding; Stonehurst Farm; Pam Hall; Richard Perkins;
All parents, family & friends who have helped in any way


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SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE

On a radiant summer morning in Indian Territory not long after the turn of the century, Aunt Eller sits on her porch churning butter and looking out over her farmstead. Curly, a local ranch hand, comes to call. Curly and Eller's niece, Laurey, have a lot in common - both are equally smitten with the other, and both are too proud and stubborn to admit it. When Curly grandly offers to take Laurey to the box social that evening, Laurey claims that he can't escort her in style and refuses to believe that he has rented a classy rig for the occasion. Jud Fry, Laurey's hired hand, settles the matter by announcing that he will take her to the social and because she is scared of Jud, who has a morose, vindictive temperament, she is too frightened to turn him down. Curly invites Aunt Eller to ride with him.

Laurey's friend, Ado Annie, is caught between two fellows too. Will Parker has just returned from Kansas City where he earned $50 in a rodeo - the exact sum Ado Annie's father, Andrew Carnes, told Will he had to come up with if he wanted to marry her. However, during Will's absence Ado Annie has become transfixed by the Persian peddler man, Ali Hakim, whose sales pitches always leave her swooning. Ado Annie may not know which way to turn but her father does: Will, since he already spent the $50 on wedding gifts for Annie and technically no longer has the cash, has lost his chance at marriage - while Ali Hakim has been so forward with Annie that nothing short of a shotgun wedding will do!

Laurey is confused about her love for Curly, and about Jud, of whom she is terrified, but has used his invitation just to make Curly jealous. After a short reconciliation between the two, Curly goes to see Jud in his smokehouse. Curly paints a beautiful picture of just how popular Jud would be - at his own funeral and there is an angry confrontation about Laurey. Feeling mocked, alone now in his room, Jud confronts himself, his lonely fantasies, his bleak existence that fills him with anger and violence.

Laurey still wants to clear her mind between Curly and Jud. Her girl friends ridicule her and offer their own homely advice; she drifts into a dream - a ballet sequence in which she is to marry Curly, but he is killed by Jud, who abducts her. As she wakens, both men arrive, and Jud hauls her off to the party, leaving Curly dejected.

ACT TWO

At the box social that night lots of men bid for Laurey's hamper but, as the bidding rises, so does the tension as Jud and Curly square off. Curly sells his saddle, his horse and then even his gun to raise enough cash to buy the hamper and the right to escort Laurey, which frustrates and angers Jud. When Jud corners Laurey in the barn later on, her frightened calls for help bring Curly to her side. Jud runs off, and finally, Laurey and Curly confess their love for each other. Ali Hakim, still trying to manoeuvre his way out of marrying Ado Annie, contrives to bid $50 for all the gifts Will bought in Kansas City. With cash in hand, and a few rules in mind, Will approaches Ado Annie again, and this time they set the date.

Three weeks later, Laurey and Curly are married. Gertie Cummings, an annoying flirt who couldn't get her hands on Curly, has managed to also snare a husband - Ali Hakim. Will and Ado Annie are hitched as well and everyone is celebrating. The wedding festivities pall, however, when Jud Fry stumbles in, uninvited, unwelcome and drunk. He gets into a fight with Curly and, in the ensuing melée, the drunken Jud falls on his own knife and is killed. Curly's friends don't want him to have to spend his wedding night in jail and so, a trial is quickly held on the spot and Curly is acquitted. With their friends and loved ones waving them on, Curly and Laurey drive off on their honeymoon, "in a surrey with the fringe on top".

 


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MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE  
Overture Orchestra
Oh What A Beautiful Mornin' Curly
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top Curly, Laurey & Aunt Eller
Kansas City Will
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (Reprise) Curly
I Cain't Say No! Ado Annie
Many A New Day Laurey & Girls
People Will Say We're In Love Curly & Laurey
Poor Jud Is Daid Curly & Jud
Lonely Room Jud
Out Of My Dreams Laurey, Ellen, Kate, Vivian & Virginia
Dream Ballet Sequence Orchestra
   
ACT TWO  
Entr'Acte Orchestra
The Farmer & The Cowman Carnes, Aunt ELler, Curly, Will, Ado Annie & Slim
All 'Er Nothin' Ado Annie & Will
People Will Say We're In Love (Reprise) Curly & Laurey
Oklahoma! Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller, Ike & Fred
Finale Curly & Company
Oklahoma! (Reprise) Company

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