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Lakeland High School to present ‘Oklahoma’


LakelandHigh School’s drama department is putting the finishing touches on its spring musical for 2012 – the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”

Performances will be in the school’s auditorium and are set for Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

Oklahoma! was the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein and, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established rules of musicals still being followed today.

Set in the western territory just after the turn of the century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Cast members include Kayla Smith as Aunt Eller, Brady Schrock as Curly, Nicole Bailey as Laurey, Brady Moore as Ike Skidmore, Chris Lehman as Fred, Matth McMullen as Slim, Jacob Rigelman as Will Parker, Trevor Johnson as Jud Fry, Erin Miller as Ado Annie Carnes, and Avery Glick as Ali Hakim.

Also performing are Ashley Wallace as Gertie Cimmings, Jansen Parker as Andrew Carnes, Josiah Yoder as Cord Elam, Allie Kresse as Armina, Helynd Feltrin as Aggie, Michaela Mellinger as Ellen, and Violet Litke as the principal dancer.

The production is directed by Peggy Bailey with Jared Staub as music director.