Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 26, 2013

'Oklahoma!' plays at Northport, Interlochen

BY LORAINE ANDERSON landers@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — It’s a bonanza year for “Oklahoma!” fans.

Two local productions of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical open this weekend and next.

The Northport Community Arts Center production starts Saturday and Sunday in the center’s 434-seat auditorium and continues the weekends of Aug. 3- 4, Aug. 10-11, and Aug. 17-18. The High School Musical Theatre Co. at Interlochen Center for the Arts stages its own version of the show Aug. 1-4 at Corson Auditorium.

“Oklahoma!” is the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, it tells the love story of cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances.

The Northport cast stars Cady Lewis of Traverse City as Laurey and Scott Carter, choir director at St. Francis High School, as Curly. St. Francis Catholic Church Music Director Fred Szczepanski is director, Ann Bloomquist is producer and assistant director, and Doug Scripps is orchestra director.

Carter said props include a real surrey that will make its way across the stage in the production number “The Surrey with the Fringe On Top.”

Ten percent of the show’s ticket sales will benefit the Oklahoma tornado relief effort.

Lead actors in Interlochen’s “Oklahoma!” are Emily Harkins of Brighton, Mich. as Laurey and Jacob Smith of Atlanta, Ga. as Curly. Theater director is Greg Hellems and Rick Church is musical director.

Tickets for the performances — at 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3 and at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 — are $24 adults, $20 seniors and $9 students. They’re available online at https://tickets.interlochen.org, in person at the Interlochen Box Office and over the phone by calling (800) 681-5920 or 276-7800.

Tickets for the Northport show are $20 adults and $5 students, at the NCAC office in Room 202 at the Northport Public School, or by calling 386-5001. All Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday shows start at 3 p.m.