Classic musical Oklahoma at The Playhouse

The cast of Oklahoma.

The cast of Oklahoma.

First published in What's On

OH what a beautiful show! Worle Operatic and Dramatic Society is bringing the much loved musical Oklahoma to The Playhouse Theatre in Weston to mark its 40th anniversary.

Featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous songs, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, I Cain’t Say No and Surrey with the Fringe on Top, the show has a time-tested charm which has enchanted audiences for decades.

The stage is set in Oklahoma territory at the turn of the 20th Century with farmers and cowboys battling to establish their rights in the pioneering south.

It follows Laurey, an endearing, yet independent, farm girl, and the two rivals for her affection – Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Jud, the hired farmhand, a mysterious and dangerous loner.

Curly and Laurey stubbornly refuse to acknowledge their feelings for each other, and the rivalry between Jud and Curly escalates with tragic consequences.

Meanwhile, another bickering threesome keeps things light as Ado Annie struggles to choose between the smooth-talking, but unscrupulous peddler, Ali Hakim, who has no interest in wedded bliss, and the simple but well-intentioned, Will Parker.

The talented cast, including Ollie Martin (Curly), Kirsty Davis (Laurey) and a hilarious Natalie Baker as the overly amorous Ado Annie promise to bring this classic to life with their golden voices and wonderful chemistry.

Watch out for Dave Bailey, who could steal the show as he conveys the myriad shades of longing, despair and barely controlled violence of Jud Fry.

Tickets for the show, on November 15-17, at 7.30pm, including a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, cost £12 at www.worleoperatic.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01934- 645544.

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