September 30 – October 2 and October 6 – 9, 2016 at the Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Avenue
Cary Players Community Theatre Company wanted something special for their 50th show. Founder Dan Martschenko asked board members to find a crowd-pleasing musical with a big cast, great dance routines, and catchy, memorable show tunes. They asked Gina Winter, the recently retired Apex High School drama teacher, for ideas. She immediately said, “It has to be Oklahoma!” “Oklahoma! is a perfect choice for our fiftieth production,” Martschenko said, “because it follows our tradition of producing shows that entertain and that people want to see. The world seems so crazy and angry at times. We want to give folks a simple diversion for a couple hours to celebrate the joy in life.”
Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943 to rave reviews and sold-out houses. It ran for over five years and 2,200 performances and earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Critics’ Circle Theatre awards. Oklahoma! marked the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and it transformed musical theater. It pushed the social boundaries of the day and created new theatrical devices, such as a dream ballet. The lyrics to memorable tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” were written before the music, enabling the writers to cohesively blend song with story.
Cary Players’ high-stepping cast includes the talents of Seth Packham as the charismatic Curly McLain, Virginia O’Brien as feisty Aunt Eller, Randi Winter as the strong-willed farmer’s daughter, Laurey, Scott M. Peters as the menacing Jud Fry, Mark Anderson as the traveling salesman, Ali Hakim, Olivia Easly as the cackling Gertie Cummings, Ryan Miller as the love-struck Will Parker, and Harper Cleland as Ado Annie, the girl who “cain’t say no!”
Heather Copley is the music director. The set is a collaborative design by Gina Winter and Master Carpenter Ian Robson. Lighting is designed by Liz Dressler, costumes by Pam Marquie, and sound by Dan Chadwick. Carole Kelly and Yum Darling are collecting and creating the western-style props and set-dressing items. Darylene Hecht will conduct the live pit-band.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and seniors. (All Tickets purchased at the door are $20.00.) The rate for groups of 10 or more is $17.00 per person. Contact the box office at (919) 462-2051 for group sales. Tickets are available through Etix by ordering online at caryplayers.org. (Service charges apply.) Tickets may also be purchased at these box office locations:
The Cary Theatre – 122 E. Chatham Street
Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Avenue
Mondays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, September 30th – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1st – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 2nd – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 6th – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 7th – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 9th – 3:00 p.m.
Accommodations: Arts Access will provide audio description for the blind and visually impaired on Sunday, October 9 during the 3:00 p.m. performance. Audiences of all ages are welcome, but parents should note that the show contains an intense fight scene and some adult innuendos.
For more information, visit caryplayers.org.