Westview Jr.-Sr. High School Music Department will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” on November 8, 9, and 10.
Students have been hard at work preparing for the performances with rehearsals since the beginning of September. While all roles were determined by audition, many of these students have experience from years of productions.
The show is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One between a cowboy called Curly and a hired hand named Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide many laughs!
Oklahoma! broke all box office records when it opened in 1943, as the first musical to tell a story with music, dance, and lyrics. Oklahoma! forever changed the form of musical theatre. It is considered by many to be the first musical comedy to have a plot, musical score, and dances that were necessary ingredients to advance the story line.
Oklahoma! was the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was the first musical to have its entire score recorded, thus creating the original cast album. Oklahoma! won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1944 and was the longest running musical during its day. It held the record for 15 years, until it was taken over by My Fair Lady.
The music and lyrics have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," “People Will Say We're in Love,” "I Can't Say No," the title song "Oklahoma!” and many more, making this a musical treat for all the family.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Westview High School at 260-768-4146.