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Saturday, May 30, 2015

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"Oklahoma!"

June 4 to 28, 2015

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Taste of Theater -- One Night Only! -- Saturday, May 31, 2014

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

  • One day only: Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 4 p.m.
Taste of Theater -- One Night Only! -- Saturday, May 31, 2014

Taste of Theater
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gather your family and friends and come to the Playhouse to experience a unique, behind-the-scenes fundraising party!

Whet your appetite for the techniques behind the magic!

Acme Fresh Market

Sponsored by
Acme Fresh Market

You'll tour the backstage areas of the Playhouse to find out how props, lights, set design, sound and costumes are created!

You'll also enjoy a delicious picnic-style dinner!

"Oklahoma!" -- June 4 to 28, 2015Wine will also be available (for an additional purchase).

You'll be treated to a sneek peek into one of the final rehearsals of Oklahoma!

And you'll also receive a special discount on tickets for this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical (on stage from June 4 to 28, 2015).

All proceeds from the event will benefit the operating fund of Weathervane Playhouse — thus ensuring that the show will always "go on!"

The Event's Timeline
3:45 p.m.
Check-In begins

4 p.m.
Backstage tours begin

5:30 p.m. The Picnic Dinner begins!
Tossed salad
Beef brisket or pulled-pork sandwiches
A vegetarian entree
Fruit salad
Dessert

Followed by a sneek peek into the rehearsal of Oklahoma!

EVENT TICKETS

Individual Guest Tickets
$35* per person
* $25 is tax deductible

Group Tickets
$120* for FOUR people
*$80 is tax deductible

Suggested Attire
Casual, summer-time attire

GET TICKETS

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE

► Get tickets via telephone at 330-836-2626 or visit the Weathervane Box Office during the following hours:
Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

"Oklahoma!" — June 4 to 28, 2015

Running June 4 to 28, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — June 4, 11, 18 and 25 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — June 5, 12, 19 and 26 — at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — June 6, 13, 20 and 27 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — June 7, 14, 21 and 28 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Oklahoma!" — June 4 to 28, 2015

A musical
Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Elaine Bailey
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Dream Ballet Choreography by Marissa Montigney-Leenaarts
Fight Choreography by John Davis

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

A groundbreaking masterpiece that launched the golden age of the Broadway musical, Oklahoma! spins the tale of the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys in the Indian territory of Oklahoma at the turn of the twentieth century. This provides a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

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Considered a revolutionary show in its 1943 debut, Oklahoma! challenged theatrical boundaries, traditions and conventions. The show was the first to introduce a “dream ballet,” in which a character’s inner thoughts are expressed through an extended dance sequence. And because the musical’s song lyrics were written before the music, the show became one of the first musicals in which the songs drove the dramatic action of the play. In so doing, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II chose a notable departure from the popular musical plays and operettas of their day, in which songs were often just “dropped in” between plot-driving scenes of dialogue and action.

Featuring such unforgettable songs as “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “I Can’t Say No” and the show’s stirring title song, Oklahoma! celebrates young love, the enduring spirit of American optimism and the triumph of hope over pessimism.

About the Show's Production History
Oklahoma! launched a new era in the American musical. It also began the most successful songwriting partnership in Broadway history.

In 1942, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were at the top of their field, writing musical comedies universally praised for their wit, sophistication and innovation. A decade earlier Oscar Hammerstein II had been at the top of his field, writing operettas that consistently challenged and reshaped the art form; his Show Boat, written with Jerome Kern in 1927, is considered a landmark of the American stage.

Independent of each other, both Rodgers and Hammerstein were attracted to Lynn Riggs’ folk play of life in his native Oklahoma entitled Green Grow the Lilacs. When Kern declined Hammerstein’s invitation to write the musical adaptation with him, and when Hart bowed out of his commitment to musicalize the work with Rodgers, it was only inevitable that the ensuing musical play would become the first work by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian — and choreographed by a then-unknown ballet choreographer named Agnes de Mille — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical version of Green Grow the Lilacs was first entitled Away We Go, and was given its world-premiere engagement at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in March of 1943. Only a few changes were made on the road, but they were significant. One number, “Boys and Girls Like You and Me,” was cut, and a song about the land originally planned as a duet for Laurey and Curly became instead a show-stopping chorale called “Oklahoma!” So successful was this number during the musical’s pre-Broadway engagement in Boston that the decision was made to add an exclamation point to the title. The show’s creative team also decided to make it the name of the show.

Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway on March 31, 1943. At that time, the longest-running show in Broadway history had run for three years. Oklahoma! surpassed that record by two more years, running for a marathon 2,212 performances before closing on May 29, 1948. The national tour played across the United States for an unprecedented 10 and a half years, visiting every single state, and playing before a combined audience of more than 10 million people. In 1947, Oklahoma! opened at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London, where it ran for 1,548 performances, the longest run of any show up to that time in the 267-year history of the theatre. In 1953, the Oklahoma State Legislature named “Oklahoma!” the official state song. In 1955, the motion picture version of Oklahoma!, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones and produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was released to great success. Broadway has seen four revivals of the musical (in 1951, 1953, 1979 and 2002).

Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company (formerly known as The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) reports that more than 600 production of Oklahoma! are licensed every year in the United States and Canada alone. Internationally, productions of Oklahoma! Worldwide, Oklahoma! has been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Hungarian, Estonian, Dutch and Polish. English-language productions have been seen in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa.

SOURCE: Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $26

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, June 4 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after June 4
$26 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$22 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$13 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$20 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$18 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

MEG HOPP
Aunt Eller

JONATHAN GRUICH
Curly

ABBEY KANE
Laurey

KEVIN LAMBES
Ike Skidmore

KARDIERRE ALLEN
Fred

ZACHARY TROYER
Slim

JAY SIGLER
Will Parker

JASON CALVERT
Jud Fry

TIFFANY CAGWIN
Ado Annie Carnes

JONATHAN MERECHANT
Ali Hakim

JACQUELINE LEACH
Gertie Cummings

CHRIS MACCHIONE
Andrew Carnes

HANNAH VINOGRAD
Ellen

JANE ADAMS
Kate

KAITLYN HARRIS
Sylvie

JULIA FIGLER
Aggie

HAILEY GINESI
Edna LaRue

SARAH MONTGOMERY
Mertie Mae

DANIELLE GRUHLER
Dottie

ERIN ROSE HUNTER
Irene

BRAD FERGUSON
Cord Elam

SCOTT THANASIU
Mike

DANIEL WALKER
Joe

FRANK CASTORENA
Sam

LOGAN CHAPMAN
Billy

ANNA CLAWSON
Josephine

ALEXIS ROBLES
Dot

GIOVANNA ABUCEJO
Bessie

ANNABELLE OTTO
Myrtle

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
Director and Choreographer

SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON
Musical Director

MARISSA MONTIGNEY-LEENAARTS
Dream Ballet Choreographer

JOHN DAVIS
Fight Choreographer

JERRY DORTON
Stage Manager

TODD DIERINGER
Assistant Stage Manager

JAMIE ORITI
Assistant Stage Manager

CHRIS SIMMONS
Properties Designer

HAZEN TOBAR
Sound Designer

JONATHON HUNTER
Lighting Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

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