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March 17, 2010 > Theatre Preview: Oklahoma!

Theatre Preview: Oklahoma!

By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By William Mancebo

Mission San Jose High School's spring musical, Oklahoma! has opened with a literal bang (in true cowboy style) at the MSJ Little Theater. Featuring a live orchestra, talented actors, and fabulous productions of song and dance, Oklahoma! directed by Ann Crosbie, is a musical sure to be enjoyed by all.

As the play begins, the audience is taken back in time and introduced to the lead characters, Curly McLain (Lance Smith), Aunt Eller (Sonia Dassapa), and Laurey Williams (Amy Mendonca) on an Indian-territory farm during the early 1900s. Smith's vocals shine in the opening number, "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," as he struts up to the farmhouse to invite Laurey to the box social that night. However, both Curly and Laurey are too stubborn to admit their feelings for each other outright, so in the end, farmhand-turned-bad-guy Jud Fry (Karthik Raman) ends up asking Laurey to the social.

And as if one love triangle isn't enough, Laurey's overly-exuberant friend, Ado Annie Carnes (Lizzy Bode), and her two men are thrown into the mix. Caught between "All Er Nothing" Will Parker (Scott Kavanagh) and the Persian peddler Ali Hakim (hilariously portrayed by Michael Feurman), Annie simply can't help falling love with whatever man is currently "saying purdy words" to her. As you can imagine, both hilarity and chaos ensue as the townspeople prepare for the social.

The audience can clearly feel the actors' excitement in standout numbers "Kansas City" and "All Er Nothing," for both were highly entertaining and showcased fun-filled dancing and singing. And although the crew was having difficulties with the sound system on opening night, the problems didn't detract from the overall experience.

Oklahoma! will be playing Friday, March 19 and 26, and Saturday, March 20 and 27. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for Universal performers members (you must present your UP card), seniors, and children ages 12 and under. For tickets and information please email msjup@fremont.k12.ca.us or call 510-668-6077.

Oklahoma!
Friday & Saturday, March 19, 20, 26, 27
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Mission San Jose High School Little Theater
41717 Palm Ave., Fremont
(510) 688-6077
msjup@fremont.k12.ca.us

$12 general admission, $10 for UP members, seniors, and children ages 12 and under

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