One of the most important pieces of musical theatre of the 20th Century, Oklahoma! is set in the Indian Territory at the turn of the century, when cattlemen and farmers fought over fences and water rights...and the women they love. As the sun rises over the rolling fields of Oklahoma, we hear the voice of cowboy Curley McLain singing the beautiful ballad "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." And so begins Oklahoma! With its timeless and relevant undercurrent of hope and prosperity for the future, Oklahoma! is a musical treat for the whole family. The music and lyrics have proven to be some of the best loved in musical theatre with songs that include "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", "People Will Say We're in Love", "I Cain't Say No", and of course "Oklahoma!" The iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein score inspired a new generation of Broadway musicals, and pushed the boundaries of the genre.
"...a rare gift to audience members who yearn to lose themselves in big, old-fashioned, satisfyingly structured musicals."
- LA Times
Aunt Eller - JACKI STAHR * +
Curly - JOSH DANKS +
Laurey - BRITTIN SCHUMAKER +
Fred / Chorus - MATTHEW RYAN ROSS *
Slim / Dancer - JOHN CULBERTSON +
Will Parker - DAN LAFFERTY +
Jud Fry - JAY KURTIS OETMAN *
Ado Annie Carnes - NATALIE BURDICK
Ali Hakim - RICHARD JOHNSON +
Gertie Cummings - COURTNEY AWE *
Ellen / Chorus - SABRINA FRENCH * +
Sylvie / Dancer - BRI SMITH
Aggie / Chorus - GWEN MCNETT * +
Andrew Carnes - NORMAN FRAZIER *
Cord Elam / Dancer - ZACH HUSAK
Jess Chalmers / Chorus - GARY WILLOUGHBY +
Mike / Chorus - MIKE C. SALERNO +
Dream Curly - PATRICK HILL *
Dream Laurey - KATELYN LANGWITH +
JENCIEN HONEYCUTT +
MATTHEW LANYI *
CASH MACIEL *
McKENSEY OBERTHALER *+
ALLIE RUPPERT +
GRACE SCHAFER *
CARLEE STOKER +
Assistant Stage Manager/Floor Manager
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
* Denotes Civic Debut | v Denotes First Time Crew Member | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Director - BEN ZYLMAN
Music Director - MARTHA HESSE
Choreographer - GEORGIE RIEGEL
Scenic Designer - DAVID KYHN
Costume Designer - BARBARA B. MOELAART
Lighting & Sound Designer - ANNMARIE MILLER
Properties Master - STACY BARTELL
Technical Director- PHILLIP A. MILLER
Stage Manager - KELSEY DUNNE
Friday, September 23rd at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 24th at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 25th at 2:00pm
Friday, September 30th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, October 1st at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00pm
Friday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 8th at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9th at 2:00pm
Water-based haze and live gunshots may be used during this performance.
Approximate Run Time for this performance is 2 hours 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
The Bronson Children's Hospital Walk and Run will be occurring in downtown Kalamazoo on Sunday, September 25th between 1:00pm and 2:30pm. This may affect some of our patrons ability to get to the theatre for the 2:00pm curtain for 'Oklahoma!''.
Please click here to view route map.
This classic American musical is a celebration of the founding of the west and the high spirited men and women who created new lives there. The pleasing romance between cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams is contrasted with the darker story of Jud Fry s obsession for Laurey. These elements come together with the songs and dances to craft an entertaining and well-made story with thoughtful dramatic ends. Oklahoma! will captivate and enthrall audiences of all ages.
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos Courtesy of Fred Western