Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts presented “Oklahoma!,” from Thursday, April 11-14, 2019, in OBU's Jones Performing Arts Center.
Written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, “Oklahoma!” tells the story of Laurey Williams, a farm girl from Oklahoma territory in 1906, and her courtship from two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and farmhand Jud Fry.
There are more than 120 cast and crew members involved in the production. Lauren Terry is assistant director for the production; Dr. Jon Secrest, Addie Mae Maddox Professor of Music, is serving as music director; Christina Johnson, assistant professor of theatre arts, as costume designer; Eric Philips, professor of theatre arts, as technical director; and Stacy Hawking, fine arts administrator and box office manager, as choreographer. Abi Anderson is serving as stage manager and will be assisted by Dani Thompson.
Lead members of the cast include: Kenzie Henderson as Aunt Eller; Clay Mobley as Curly; Michaela Finley as Laurey; Cedar Valdez as Will Parker; Micah Brooks as Jud Fry; Hannah Hill as Ado Annie Carnes; David Hudson as Ali Hakim; Autumn Romines as Gertie Cummings; Scotty Scott as Andrew Carnes; Dylan Blackwood as Ike Skidmore; Philip Robinson as Fred; Zach Myers as Slim; Emily Johnson as Ellen; Bonnie Gentry as Kate; Tyler Mann as Joe; Emma Lawyer as Vivian; Sammy Campione as Tom; Lizzy Griffin as Virginia; Cannon Fisher as Cord Elam.
Members of the ensemble include: Hannah Adair, Hannah Anderson, Carlin Campbell, Jess Crook, Elizabeth Dawson, Logan Dooley, Melodie Dubose, Danielle Hall, Payton Hickman, Molly Kennedy, Ashlynn Lockhart, Ryan Lynch, Madeline Martin, Raleigh Peterson, Paige Price, Elizabeth Ring, Hannah Saunders, Abby Shourd, Emily Siemens, Hailey Smith, Sharayah Wallace, Rachel Webber, Olivia Witcher, Meagan Woodard, and Jhonika Wright.
The cast also featured youth from the Arkadelphia community, including: Emmie Carozza as young Laurey; Cassie Carozza as middle Laurey; Morgan Lewis as young Ado Annie; Mallorie Carozza as middle Ado Annie; David Garrett as young Curly; Carson Carozza as middle Curly; Carly Carozza as middle Gertie; and Carson Lewis as middle Will Parker.
Crew leaders include: Mallory Cain is the follow-spot; Bailey Ellison, on scenery shift and props; Hannah Gothard as house management; Amy Jackson is in charge of audio backstage; Kailee Morehart is sound board operator; Kinsey Potts as house management; Makenna Schaeffer on scenery shift and props. Hair and makeup crew include: Bawo Asagba as makeup/hair crew head, and Briana Penn. Costume and makeup crew include: Abby Holland, Audrey Johnson, Jaden Rich, and Ashton Spence.