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BYU brings 'Oklahoma!' to de Jong Concert Hall

Audiences will revisit turn-of-the-century Oklahoma Territory during Brigham Young University's production of "Oklahoma!," which will be performed Wednesday, Jan. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $14 for weeknights and $15 for weekend shows with a BYU or student ID. Dress rehearsals, which will be Jan. 24-25, as well as the Feb. 3 matinee at 2 p.m. are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center, at (801) 422-7664 or online at artstix.byu.edu.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's enduring musical is based on the play "How Green Grow the Lilacs," written in 1931 by Lynn Riggs. The BYU production will feature Andrea Williams as Laurey and Kevin Goertzen as Curly McLain, the young cowboy who courts Laurey even when the menacing farmhand Jud Fry, who will be played by Oren Mauldin, seems to get in the way.

Audiences will also drift away during Laurey's dream ballet, see Ado Annie (Brittany Williams) mourn over how she "cain't say no," consider whether the farmers and cowboys should actually be friends and watch Aunt Eller (Emily Summerhays) shake her head over it all as she takes care of Laurey.

The musical is directed by Tim Threlfall. Russell D. Richins and Tracey Woolley are the production manager and coordinator, respectively, and music direction will be by Gayle Lockwood. Lisa Stoddard is the choreographer.

Scenic designer Jennifer Mortensen is assisted by faculty advisor Rory Scanlon, and costume designer Priscilla Hao is assisted by faculty consultant Janet Swenson. Becca Bailey and Chelsea Toler are makeup and hair co-designers, while Michael Handley and Troy Streeter are designing the lighting and sound, respectively.

For more information, contact Tim Threlfall, (801) 422-8133, or visit cfac.byu.edu.

Writer: Brooke Eddington

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