Jack Bradford, Director
Oklahoma was a landmark musical in 1948 and is still an important piece of theatre in 2007 with Hugh Jackman‘s recent London and Broadway revival. Brisbane Junior Theatre’s version has been put together this week with a great cast of young professionals. We have had lots of fun and excitement watching the music, dance, costumes, sets and all the rest come together.
I want to express my gratitude to Debbie, George, Megan, Glenda, Geena, Lydia, Roz, Kylie, Karen and her team including Fred, Linda, Kerry UU, Bev and Debbie. I want to also thank all of our parents who have contributed their time and effort helping in various was. A big THANK YOU also goes to Pastor Ian Parker and Pastor David Bishop and the Albany Hills Christian Church who have worked with us so well in this new venue. I hope you, the audience, really enjoy Oklahoma and the message of hope and overcoming obstacles this play shares.
Based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs, Oklahoma! is set in Indian Territory soon after the turn of the century. The simple tale is mostly concerned with whether the decent Curly McLoin or the menacing Jud Fry will take Laurey Williams to the box social. Though in a fit of pique, Laurey chooses Jud, she really loves Curly and they soon make plans to marry. At their wedding, there is a joyous celebration of Oklahoma’s impending statehood, Jud is accidentally killed in a fight with Curly, and the newlyweds prepare to ride off in their surrey with the fringe on top. A comic secondary plot has to do with a romantic triangle involving man-crazy Ado Annie Carnes, cowboy Will Parker, and peddler Ali Hakim.
|Stage Set & Design Supervisor
|Karen Deandrade, U.U Sheraton, Kerry Smale, Debbie Barr, Bev Bryer, Margaret Mortensen, Fred & Linda Bingham
|Roslyn Mathieson, Lydia Varnier, Glenda Jackson