The Lyric Theatre is presenting Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” this year as its summer musical production.
The perennially popular musical will run through two weekends, and opens Thursday, May 31 at the Howard Payne University Theatre. The schedule includes 7:30 p.m. performances May 31, June 1 and 2 and 2:30 p.m. matinees June 2 and 3. The schedule repeats the next week with 7:30 p.m. performances June 7, 8 and 9 and 2:30 p.m. matinees June 9 and 10.
“Rodgers and Hammer-stein’s ‘Oklahoma!’ was the inaugural work in the golden age of the American musical,” said Nancy Jo Humfeld, director of the play, who also will play the part of Aunt Eller.
“The songs of the musical have remained popular now for decades, and are familiar and beloved to so many,” Humfeld said. “They’re just incredible — ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,’ ‘People Will Say We’re in Love,’ ‘Oklahoma!’ ‘The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,’ ‘I Cain’t Say No,’ and ‘Pore Jud is Daid.’”
According to Humfeld, “Oklahoma!” was originally produced in 1943, and has been performed for years for adoring audiences.
Humfeld said the cast for this year’s production is “just outstanding, some new and some familiar to Brownwood audiences.”
Christopher Rosborough, plays Curly; Laurey is being played by Joy Renee Blackstock; playing the role of Will Parker is Luke Austin; the part of Ado Annie is played by Caitlyn Ervin Tidwell; Lance Kilpatrick returns to the Lyric’s stage, this time as Jud Frye; Ben Sword is back as Ali Hakim; and Arielle Sword is playing Gertie.
The choreography in the show has been created and taught by Humfeld and Austin.
“The beautiful and inspiring songs combined with a story of romance, desire and fun make it a delight for audience members of all ages,” Humfeld said.
Tickets for “Oklahoma!” are $10 and may be purchased online at brownwoodlyrictheatre.com or at the Brownwood Area Chamber. Reservations may also be made by calling the Box Office at (325) 649-8516.
Major sponsor for the production is The Arts Council of Brownwood. Corporate sponsors include Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Randolph Chrysler, Moore Printing, Mears Ford Lincoln Mercury and Citizens National Bank.