OCAG to present Oklahoma!

Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry - Oklahoma! will be playing at the Tuttle Opera House in April.

Presented by the Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild, Oklahoma! will be shown in six performances April 15-18.

The show revolves around two love triangles. There is the romance between cocky cowboy Curly McLain and thoughtful Laurey. This is interrupted by the hired hand on Laurey's farm, the sullen and mysterious Jud Fry who dreams of escaping his postcard Paris women and getting himself a real wife. There is also the flirtatious Ado Annie who has to make the choice between happy-go-lucky cowman Will Parker and the shrewd Persian salesman Ali Hakim.

The show contains many other characters such as the matriarchal Aunt Eller; cowmen Ike Skidmore, Slim and Fred; the flirt Gertie Cummings and many others.

Oklahoma! is one of the all-time most popular classic musicals which, until surpassed by "My Fair Lady," was the longest running Broadway musical. It also held the title as the longest running continuous tour in North America until "Cats."

Famous songs from Oklahoma! include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Kansas City," "Out of My Dreams," "Many a New Day," "Pore Jud is Daid," "I Cain’t Say No," "People Will Say We’re in Love," "The Farmer and the Cowman," "All Ćer Nothin,’" and "Oklahoma."

The Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild, made up of children ages 4-18 from Tuttle and the Oklahoma City metro area, have been rehearsing this production for several months under the supervision of their director, Marissa Pace Winkelman.

"This will be the fourth show that I’ve directed in Tuttle, and I think it might just be the best," Winkelman said. "I know audiences will enjoy the storyline, the music, the dances - the whole show."

Oklahoma! stars Jessica Howard as Laurey and Bryce Richardson as Curly. Supporting cast members include Logan Johnson as Jud Fry, Krislyn Gottman as Ado Annie, James Young as Will Parker, Lindsey Phelps as Aunt Eller, Rich Kemmerly as Ali Hakim, Kevin Gottman as Andrew Carnes, Bailey Stringer as Gertie Cummings, Antonio Gloria as Ike Skidmore, Bo Weast as Cord Elam, Zachary Welch as Mike Chalmers, Gary Gottman as Slim, Chris Hill as Fred, Lauren Brown as Sylvie, Brittany Burnside as Armina, Jessica Greer as Vivian, Tia Lasiter as Miriam, Katey Sluder as Priscilla, Randi Rowland as Delilah, and Lenora Garvie as Kate.

Showtimes will be 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday April 18. School shows will be presented to the Tuttle Middle School on Thursday, April 15. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children older than 3. Children ages 3 and younger will be admitted for free. For advance tickets or group ticket information, call Winkelman at 381-3388.

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