Old-fashioned as it might seem, this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic never quite goes out of style, and its latest revival at Theatre 29 keeps on running as steadily as the wind that comes sweeping down the plain. (Hey, that should be a song!)
For the Theatre 29 “Best Of” 20th season, the prodigiously talented Charles Harvey directs this saga of dual romances and dueling suitors, complete with its famous dream ballet. When Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein debuted "Oklahoma!" in 1943, it changed the landscape of musical theatre like the plow transformed the prairie. The first musical to fully integrate music, lyrics, and story, the first to use dance to tell a dramatic story, the first to include a dream ballet, and the first to have real characters who sang because their feelings moved them to a more poetic plane of communication.
“Oklahoma!” at Theatre 29 is being greeted by audiences eager to celebrate both the pioneering spirit of characters building new lives on the frontier and the patriotism surrounding the territory’s impending statehood. A sold-out opening night set the tone as the enthusiastic cast featuring fresh new faces and Theatre 29 veterans delighted the first week crowds.
“OKLAHOMA!” will play Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00PM as well as Sunday matinees at 2:30PM through March 31st. Tickets for all performances (except the opening night gala) are available for purchase now at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Tickets are $15.00 Regular, $12.00 Seniors and Military, and $10.00 for Students with ID or children under 12. OKLAHOMA is a family musical, but does feature some dark images and simulated violence, and there will be gunshots fired.
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217).
The Cast of Oklahoma expound that “You’re Doing Fine Oklahoma, Oklahoma, OK” in a scene from “Oklahoma”, playing weekends through March 31 at Theatre 29 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)
Curly (Scott Clinkscales) woos his sweetheart Laurey (McKenna Seneshale) about the “Surrey with the fringe on top” in a scene from “Oklahoma”, playing weekends through March 31 at Theatre 29 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)
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