March 23, 2012 —
“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” and bright spotlights in the middle school gym as more than 50 Hudson High School students prepare to perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! Curtains open at 7:00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as well as at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon. General admission tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the door, which will open approximately 45 minutes before each show. First and second row reserved tickets may be available on a first come, first served basis for $10.
Set in the Western territory, soon to be known as Oklahoma, before the turn of the century, the friendship and conflict between farmers and cowmen provide the perfect backdrop to the romance between cowboy Curly (played by sophomore Jordan Hayes) and feisty farm gal Laurey (senior Elizabeth Johnston). As in all stories, the road to happily ever after is anything but smooth, and Curly and Laurey experience many bumps along their surrey ride. The biggest obstacle, other than themselves, is Judd Fry (junior Zach Rieger) the farm hand whose interest in Laurey sparks much emotion. As the story unfolds, Aunt Eller (senior Erin Luma) teams with Andrew Carnes, the judge in the territory (played by Devan Marry) to keep the peace in the community.
Meanwhile, Carnes’ daughter Ado Annie (junior Hannah Schoonover) is finding adventure of her own. Promised to marry cowboy Will Parker (Nick Raeff, junior) once he earns fifty dollars, Ado Annie’s wandering eye has landed on the wandering Persian peddler who is visiting the area (senior Robert Stein). Upon his return, Parker must win back Annie’s hand and heart.
Come join us for a time of laughter and fun as these students and many more come together in song and dance. Concessions will be available during each performance. It will help brighten your day as you sing along, “Oh what a beautiful day!”