North Warren to present Oklahoma

CHESTERTOWN Shes a tough old bird, but she keeps everyone in Oklahoma in line. Aunt Eller is Brittany Davidsons first lead part in a school play, and shes very excited about it. Ive never been in front of a live audience as a lead before, Davidson said. I have to try and capture them, and Im excited to try. North Warrens high school play is Oklahoma this year, with a cast of about 30 students. Directed by Maria Swartz and Sue Mead, the classic Rodgers and Hammersteins play features a love triangle, intrigue and lots of singing and dancing. Oklahoma will be presented at the North Warren School auditorium on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m. Theyre full of energy and very excited about the play, Mead said. They have beautiful voices. With several lead roles, the main love interests in the story are Curly and Laurey. Laureys being nonchalant about Curly who is wooing her, Mead said. Meanwhile, hired hand Jud, who lives in the barn, also wants Laurey and she has not refused his attentions. There are other sub plots, including Ado Annie, played by Kim Bennett. She cant say no to the men, Bennett said of her character. Shes Laureys friend, and her boyfriend has gone to Kansas City to raise $50 so he can marry Annie, but she finds another man while hes gone. That boyfriend is Will Parker, a cowboy played by Nathan Thomas. He wins $50 in Kansas City for roping a steer and has his heart set on Ado Annie, and he has to set her straight when he gets back. Laurey is played by Mary Beth Joyce, a junior who has had voice training. I think its coming along well, she said. We started rehearsing earlier so the progress were making is really visible, Im really looking forward to performing. Zack Smith plays Curly, who is wooing Laurey. Smith is not new at theatre, even as a junior in high school. This is my 12th play, he said. He has been a part of all the town youth theatre productions and recently went to Montana to a two-week performing arts camp. Theres just no other feeling like having a great start to finish performance, Smith said. Ive put a lot into theatre, and thought about maybe going into musicals or writing, acting, directing or producing movies. He is also considering a career in diplomacy and foreign affairs. Amy Baker is visiting as director of the pit band and costumes were made by Mary Lou Carstensen and Kris Mikeska.

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