The curtain goes up Friday and Saturday nights, April 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen D. Young Central School (ODY) gymnasium for this year’s musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” The cast of 17 students is under the musical direction of music teacher Thomas MacMillan and library media-specialist Megan McCoy. Art teacher Katie Perue and her students assisted with set design and props.
“It’s a fun show and it’s coming together,” said MacMillan. “The cast is largely a group of young actors who have been a lot of fun to work with.”
The cast of students, choreographers and the support staff of teachers at Owen D. Young Central School (ODY) recently paused before rehearsing after school for Oklahoma, which will be staged this coming Friday and Saturday night in the school’s gymnasium/auditorium. (Photo by Bruce Watson)
Taking place in Oklahoma territory just before Oklahoma becomes a state in 1907, the story line revolves around the love stories of Curly and Laurie, played by ODY students Andrew Sorensen and Ashley Congdon, and the characters of Will Parker and Ado Annie, played by Johnathon Willsey and Naomi Wulff.
Former ODY student Jennifer Collins has assisted in staging the show.
“Jennifer took a workshop or class in acting and learned how to stage fight scenes that look real and true to form,” added MacMillan. “The fight scenes in the play are wonderful thanks to her.”
In addition to the principle leads in the cast, Jud Fry is played by David Oldick, Aunt Eller by Cassie Frasier, Andrew Carnes by seventh grader Marty Collins, and the role of Ali Hakim is played by Andrew Starring. Students Victoria Crockett and Gina Magnone have assisted with the choreography in the dance numbers.
Adult admission to Oklahoma is $5 with student admission $4. On Friday night, the senior class will be holding a spaghetti dinner prior to the curtain going up.
Some of the show tunes to be performed include “Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” and “The Farmer and the Cowman.”
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer for The Mercury and currently substitutes for ODY. He is a recent retiree of RSCS.