Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking musical “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway nearly 70 years ago, but many of the themes of class, culture and land control remain relevant today. Clackamas Repertory Theatre (CRT) presents the show that began a revolution in American musical theater for four weeks beginning Saturday, August 6.
Oklahoma! opened in 1943 for a five-year run. The musical integrated music, dance and plot for story telling and included Agnes DeMille’s pioneering dream ballet, gorgeous songs that contain real dialogue and further the action of the plot. The New York Times described the show as “the great American musical.”
The creative team behind CRT’s 2010 sellout hit “Fiddler on the Roof” is back for “Oklahoma!,” including director David Smith-English, choreographer Wes Hanson, award-winning set and lighting designer Chris Whitten, music director Rick Modlin and costumer Alva Bradford. Also returning is the orchestra that The Oregonian referred to last season as “one of the best musical-theater ensembles in the land.”
Favorites from CRT’s past musicals return for “Oklahoma!” Dru Rutledge plays the lead as Laurey with Stephen Ecklemann as Curly, Brianna Rouse as Ado Annie, James Sharinghousen as Will Parker and Michael Mitchell as Jud. Also featured are Corey Brunish as Ali Hakim, Cyndy Smith-English as Aunt Eller and Ernie Casciato as Carnes.
The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, August 4-28, with a special-priced preview on Aug 4. The August 5 performance is sold out. Opening night is Saturday, Aug. 6. Evening performances Thursday through Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 to $24 and may be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047
Clackamas Community College history instructor Dr. Jackie Flowers provides historical context 45 minutes before every performance. All performances take place in the Osterman Theatre in the Niemeyer Center at CCC’s Oregon City Campus.
The CRT production of “Oklahoma!” is sponsored by Jim and Janice Osterman and The James F and Marion L Miller Foundation.
For information, contact CRT managing director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915, 971-270-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org