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Newark Amateur Operatic society announce the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! as spring show


By Connor Thompson


Newark Amateur Operatic Society is pleased to announce that its spring show for 2019 will be the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!

It will be performed at the Palace Theatre, Newark, from Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 6.

The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow The Lilacs.

Oklahoma! cast. (7064324)
Oklahoma! cast. (7064324)

Set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry.

A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

Returning to the stage following the highly-successful performances of Cats last year are Dan Spendlow as Curly and William Dewick. who will be playing Will Parker.

Laurey Williams will be played by society newcomer Emily Stevens.

Also returning to the stage is society stalwart Jo Dewberry, who is playing the part of Aunt Eller.

Pete Merrick will be playing Jud, Lyndon Warnsby is Ali Hakim, and a returning Julia Raine is Ado Annie

The show has many memorable numbers, including Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, I Cain’t Say No, and People Will Say We’re In Love, as well as the iconic show- stopper, Oklahoma.

The show will be directed by David Taylor, who last directed South Pacific with the society.

Andy Raine will be returning to his role as musical director, having taken a short break for Cats, supported by Rupert Trippett.

The choreography for the show is being provided by Christina Phillips-Kelly, who many may remember as playing the part of Jennyanydots in Cats last year.

The chairman of the society, Rita Crowe, said: “We are delighted to be performing this fantastic show, which we last performed around 20 years ago.

“This show follows on from our highly-successful run last year of Cats, a show that has many fond memories for us all.

“ I am sure that this show will have the audience leaving the theatre with that real feel good factor”.

Anyone interested in helping out, either backstage, front of house, or on stage, is invited to get in touch as the society is always looking for new members.

Visit ww.newarkoperatic@yahoo.co.uk for more information.



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