June 29-July 10 – Family Friendly
Comes Sweeping Down the Plains at The Little Theatre
Sullivan, IL – Oklahoma! the third show of the 2011 Summer Season opens Wednesday, June 29th and runs through July 10 at The Little Theatre On The Square. Oklahoma! will prove to be the top seller of the Summer and tickets are going very quickly.
Oklahoma! was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and was the first collaboration between these two giants of American musical theatre. Originally produced in 1943, Oklahoma! was a box office smash hit that saw an unprecedented 2212 performances before closing. The Little Theatre On The Square was thrilled to have the original Laurey, Joan Roberts here to perform in Follies the 50th Anniversary production at The Little Theatre in 2007.
Oklahoma! is now considered the birth of the modern American musical. Set in the Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the 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. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! stars Janie Wallace as Laurey and Matt Gibson as Curly. You will remember Janie from wonderful shows like White Christmas and Matt most recently was seen on Broadway in Gypsy with Patti LuPone. Therese Kincade from Charleston, IL stars as Aunt Eller. Pierce Cassedy plays Will Parker, Josh Dawson plays Jud Fry, Kelly Maier plays Ado Annie, John Kinney plays Ali Hakim, Martin C. Hurt plays Andrew Carnes, Jack Scott from Bethany, IL plays Ike Skidmore, Meg Benfield plays Gertie Cummings and the remainder of the cast is filled out by Dereck Seay, Tim Pare, Joe Rosko, Ryan Crimmins, Jonathan Kwock, Corey Hummerston, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Jen Elise, Lauren emery, Brittany Bohn, Ashley Kasunich, Lauren Patton and Tiffany Sparks.
Oklahoma! is directed and choreographed by Tralen Doler, the Artistic Director at The Little Theatre On The Square. Musical Directed by Joshua Zecher-Ross. Scenic Design by Matthew J. Fick, Lighting Design by Kimberly Klearman, Costume Design by Jeff Hendry and production stage management by Kimberly Crawley.