It’s just a stage, but Calrossy sings the praises of Oklahoma

WHILE its surry with a fringe on top might look a little more Bollywood than Hollywood, Calrossy is ready and raring to go with its dramatic production for 2014, Oklahoma, which opens this afternoon for three performances only.

A CHORUS LINE:  Katie de Jong, who plays Laurey Williams is out front of the chorus. Photo: Contributed

A CHORUS LINE: Katie de Jong, who plays Laurey Williams is out front of the chorus. Photo: Contributed

With roles for both boys and girls, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration proved an ideal choice, head of music Naomi Turner said.

“This is the first well-known musical we have produced in a few years and it has a great storyline and wonderful music that will appeal to audiences young and old,” Mrs Turner said.

“Our leads are well cast and well suited to their characters, confidently capturing each part with much personality, drama and musicality.”

There are more than 70 students involved in the production, with 45 students from years 7 to 11 on stage and 10 students in the 25-piece orchestra, which is supplemented by professional musicians and teachers.

The production not only relies on those on stage, but also behind-the-scenes where stage hands make props and co-ordinate lighting, curtains and prompting. 

“Students are using their talents in a real variety of ways and discovering a lot about working together to bring this musical to life,” drama director Brenda Newman said.

All performances will be held in the Peter Smart auditorium at the Brisbane St campus. There is a matinee this afternoon and a show tonight with the final show tomorrow night.

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