Oklahoma!' tryouts set for Meridian Little Theatre

By Staff
July 25, 2004
special to The Star
Set in the Oklahoma Territory on the verge of statehood in the early 1900s, the show has a simple plot: the triangle of farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly, too proud to admit they are in love, and surly farmhand Jud, who comes between them.
The play stresses the social background of conflict between farmers and cattleman. The fight scenes are exciting, especially the climactic rumble between Curly and Jud, and a cat-fight between Ado Annie and rival Gertie.
The songs include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love" and the title song.
The theater is looking for a young man to play the lead role of Curley, all easy-going charm, jovial braggadocio and dogged perseverance. His singing should be fine, supple and strong.
Laurie, the lead female, is young and pretty, headstrong and romantic with a clean soprano voice.
Jud Fry is the menacing hired hand who is a wild-eyed outcast who joins in singing his own funeral song "Pore Jud is Daid."
Aunt Eller is feisty, tough, warm, wise and the salt of the earth. She sings with the chorus.
Will Parker is funny, athletic, a smooth singer and terrific dancer, and Ado Annie is the female who is vivacious and flirty and sings "Can't Say No." They will fill the romantic comedy roles.
Ali Hakim is the deadpan, faux-Persian peddler who has a crush on all the ladies and unwittingly comes between Will and Annie.
Others in the large cast include Gertie, a cute female who is a competitor of Laurie's for Curley's affection; Pigtails, a young girl who seems to get into everybody's way; and men Andrew Carnes, Cord Elam, Ike Skidmore and Slim. They should be 18 years or older.
People interested in working backstage should come Aug. 2 and 3 and sign in, specifying which area they are interested in working. Openings are available for all interested.

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