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‘Oklahoma!’ auditions announced

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 1:04 p.m. CDT

HENRY — River Valley Players is announcing auditions for its spring musical, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” which will be at St. Mary’s Community Center in Henry. Auditions will be at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Community Center, 1301 Second St., Henry.

Directed by Ron Friedrich, the auditions are open to high school age and up. Participants should prepare a short musical selection of their choice that shows vocal range and strength. An accompanist will be provided.

The script calls for three women and four men in principal roles, one woman and two men in featured roles, plus a large singing-dancing ensemble with numerous small roles for all ages, races and sizes. Actors should be prepared for an amazing audition of singing, dancing, and reading from the script.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still followed today. Set in a Western Indian Territory, just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background for Curly, and handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, as they play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. 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.

Musical selections included in “Oklahoma!” include: “Oh What,” “Surrey With,” “People Will Say,” “Oklahoma,” “I Can’t Say No,” “All Er Nuthin,” “Many a New Day” and “The Farmer and the Cowman.”

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