Musical feast for Kilcock with Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA will be staged by KilcockMusical and Dramatic Society from 25-29 April (8pm nightly).

OKLAHOMA will be staged by KilcockMusical and Dramatic Society from 25-29 April (8pm nightly).

The show, which will run from Wednesday to Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hall, is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie, a friend of Laurey’s. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. A box-office it ran ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances and was turned into an Academy Award-winning 1955 film.

Directed by Philippa Alford, the Musical Director for the Kilcock production is Dermot O’Callaghan and the choreographer is Julie Donnelly.

Peter Manning will play Curly McLain and Sharon Murphy is Laurey William.

Eamon Nolan plays Will Parker and Lorraine Murphy will portray Ado Annie.

Other lead roles are Aunt Eller (Marie Kelly), Jud Fry (Andrew Docherty), Ali Hakim (Rory Robinson), Gertie Cummings ( Maria Fowler, Ike Skidmore (Gary O’Shaughnessy) and Andrew Carnes (Robbie Kennedy).

William Lacey is playing Cord Elam. Ladies chorus members include Caitriona Bannon, Nicole Cassidy, Shauna Ennis, Bronagh Frayne, Grainne Heffron, Sandra Keane, Leah Kinnane, Melissa Noone, Claire Nolan, Fiona Shirran, Linda Tapley, Carmel Voelkin and Jennifer Whelan while the Mens Chorus comprises John Bowe, Kenny Cribbin, Sean Cunningham, Philip Darragh, Connor Griffin, Ronan Martin, Adam McCabe, James Parkes, Mark Nolan and and Aaron Stone.

Tickets for the show are: €15.00 for Adults, €12 for Children. All seats Sunday night €12. They are available from: Books & Gifts, The Chocolate Box & The Harbour Pharmacy or Call: 087 2475376 / email