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'Oklahoma!' at Paramount this week

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 4, 2008 1:45 PM

Stagestruck Children's Theatre will be presenting Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It will be the first production held in the newly rebuilt Paramount on Center Street.

The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased now at the Arts Council and also at the door. Prices are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

Auditions for this Premiere Show began in December 2007 and 77 children were cast in the show and began rehearsals in early January in a temporary studio on James Street. The cast have rehearsed daily for months.

The musical features a number of classic songs: "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "People Will Say We're In Love," and the beloved standby "Oklahoma."

Meanwhile, construction on a new Stagestruck building located directly behind the theater is underway, with plans to move in in late spring or early summer. Donations to help with the cost are still being accepted.

The production team for the play includes: Brenda Baldwin and Caroline Bell as producers, Russell Vacanti as artistic director, Beth Bouchard as assistant director, Angela Santucci and Karen Patzer as co-music directors, Tom Vacanti as choreographer, Joan Stafford as stage manager, Pat Biggers and Tammy Lee as costume designers and Jason Sharpe as technical director and lighting design as Jason Sharpe and Russell Vacanti.

The cast includes: Katie Anderson, Michael Atkins, Dylan Atwood, Savannah Baber, Allison Bailey, Payton Bailey, Macie Bell, Hailey Best, Khiry Best, Sara Boltinhouse, Nick Britt, Natalie Bryan, Shelton Carter, Jalesia Carter, A. J. Coley, Sidney Cox., Nick Cunningham, Olivia de Araujo, Ali DeFazio, Alexandra Draughon, Annie Draughon, Kalyn George, Sidney Giefer, Whitney Grantham, Zachary Green, Margaret Guijarro, Lisa Hankins, Jordan Harris, Corey Harris, Karis Hawkins, Emily Huffman, Jamie Huffman, Hallie Hulse, Leigh Johnson, Kelsey Kearney, Katie Knotts, Jesse Knotts, Sara Letchworth, Diana Li, Stephen Ligon, Rebecca Lowder, Brooke Mayo, Michael McKnight, Kelly Miller, Betsy Mitchell, Debbie Mitchell, Andrew Patzer, Clark Peacock, Lindsay Player, Kayla Poland, Mariah Poland, Marley Price, Meredith Roethling, Rebekah Royall, Victoria Royall, Jeremy Sanders, Kyla Sanderson, Lillian Sarvey, Casey Scarboro, Madeline Smith, Julia Stamper, Jessie Stewart, Kenan Stewart, Luke Teague, Emily Tucker, Olivia Tucker, Ana Gabriela Vigil, Bernardo Vigil, Essence Wagstaff, McKayla Wallace, Will Walters, Corey Wellmer, Elizabeth West, Hanna West, Samuel Wilkerson.