Based on Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Directed by Frieda Jacobowitz and Keith Day, Musical Director: Laurens van der Klis
Workshopped on 7th and 14th March 2015, presented on 14th March 2015
Badhuistheater. Andreas Bonnstraat 28, Amsterdam
Curly (cowboy) : Keith Day
Laurey (niece of Aunt Eller) : Iryna Garkushyna
Aunt Eller (farmer) : Frieda Jacobowitz
Jud Fry (farm hand) : Freek Wouters
Ado Annie (farm girl) : Meriel Overloop
Will Parker (cowboy) : Matthew Jamison
Ali Hakim (Persian peddler man) : Andy Cowie
Gertie Cummings (farm girl) : Christine Blakely
Andrew Carnes (father of Ado Annie)
Avril Day, Sarah Faulks, Alex McKenzie, Desiree Scholten, Lucy McCutcheon
About the workshop:
We spent two weekend days working on the songs and storyline. Instead of a script, we had a storyboard, so we knew what was supposed to happen when and which song to sing, but we improvised the dialogue.
After two days’ work, we presented the results to our non-paying audience, who enjoyed it immensely, as did we. We were all amazed at the quality of the work after just two days’ rehearsal.
About the show:
Oklahoma! (1943) was the first musical written by the successful team of Richard Rodgers and
Oscar Hammerstein. Set in Oklahoma before statehood (beginning of the 20th century), at the height of the conflict between the ranchers and the farmers.
The story: there's a box social coming up, and Curly asks Laurey if she'll be his date. Trouble is, Laurey thinks he's waited too long, and in a fit of pique accepts an offer from the boorish Jud instead. Meanwhile, Laurey's friend Ado Annie is also torn between two men: a cowboy named Will and a foreign peddler, Ali Hakim. Both women struggle to know their own hearts before it's too late.
(Photos courtesy of an audience member's mobile phone. Apologies for the quality but we're still very glad to have them.)