With auditions for next semester's productions still on-going, Illinois State University's Department of Theatre and Dance has finished casting for its version of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! ISU's production of Oklahoma! will brings all its cowboys and farmers to the Center for the Performing Arts in performances from February 22 to March 2, 2013.
Richard Corley, who directed last semester's Anon(ymous), takes the reins of Oklahoma! with Robbie Holden as Curly, the cowboy with the lovely locks who likes to sing about the bright golden haze on the meadow and those fetching surreys with the fringe on top. Laurey, the object of Curly's affections, will be played by Christie Duffer, while Lauren Sheffey will portray Laurey's Aunt Eller, and Ross Kugman will take on bad guy Judd Fry.
In terms of the subplot/second love triangle, Lauren Pfeiffer, who appeared in Mother Courage earlier this year and the Electra that went to Chicago, will play Ado Annie, the girl who cain't say no, with John Ramseyer as Will Parker, her cowboy beau, and Nico Tangorra, fresh off Noises Off, as peddler Ali Hakim, the other man in Ado Annie's life.
Tickets for ISU's Oklahoma! are already available, and it's probably not a bad idea to get them now if you're interested. It promises to be a hot item since ISU doesn't often choose this kind of material.