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OKLAHOMA! Cast Announced, Summer Musical on Mainstage July 15 to 18

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


5/7/2015 - OKLAHOMA! Cast Announced, NWF State’s Summer Musical July 15 to 18, 2015

The cast for this summer’s production of OKLAHOMA!, one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, has been selected. The show will be presented July 15 to 19 in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College and is produced by the college’s renowned Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division.

Set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906, the musical tells the story of the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys and provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road! That they will succeed in making a new life together there is no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

As the first musical written by the legendary team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, OKLAHOMA! was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances on Broadway, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning film adaptation. Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards of musical theatre still being followed today.

Selected for the lead roles in OKLAHOMA! are:

Katie Pickler of Niceville as Laurey Williams;

Tristan Allen of Fort Walton Beach as Curly McLain;

Sean Royal of Mary Esther as Will Parker;

Megan Garofalo of Santa Rosa Beach as Ado Annie Carnes;

Daniel Thornton of Baker as Jud Fry;

Gretchen Erickson Niceville as Aunt Eller;

Jason Mueller of Fort Walton Beach as Ali Hakim;

Clayton Reed of Crestview as Ike Skidmore (Ranch Owner);

Dylan Garofalo of Santa Rosa Beach as Andrew Carnes (Farmer);

Victoria Mullins of Santa Rosa Beach as Gertie Cummings;

The Women’s Chorus roles in OKLAHOMA! will be played by:

Holly Johnson of Niceville as Kate;

Brittany Castle of Fort Walton Beach as Ellen;

Arin Walker of Niceville as Virginia;

Brittany Parry of Crestview as Vivian;

Jordan Van Dyke of Niceville as Sylvie;

Madalyn Wilson of Santa Rosa Beach as Armina;

Isabel Rivera of Niceville as Aggie;

Wesley Urbanczyk of Niceville as Wilhemina (Dancer);

Ansley Walker of Fort Walton Beach as Edwina (Dancer);

Joleigh Jarvis of Niceville as Becky Sue and Laurey double in ballet;

The Men’s Chorus roles in OKLAHOMA! will include: Donovan Black of Niceville as Cord Elam (Ranch Foreman);

and various men’s roles: James Meadows of Fort Walton Beach;

Wesley Barlow of Crestview;

Zachary Phillips of Niceville;

Richard McWhorter of Niceville;

Shelby Steverson of Crestview;

and Nick Watson of Crestview.

Tickets for OKLAHOMA! are now on sale through the Mattie Kelly Art Center’s Box Office, by phone, web or in-person. Call (850) 729-6000 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. or purchase online through the center’s website at Tickets are $25 adult and $20 for youth age 18 and younger.

As the college's summer musicals are always very popular and often sell out, early advance purchase is strongly recommended for best selection of night and seating. NWF students may request one free ticket per student ID, space permitting, in person from the Box Office starting June 1.

The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard, East and is a non-profit entity of Northwest Florida State College. A portion of all ticket sales support NWF State College scholarships.

OKLAHOMA! is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs, with original dances by Agnes de Mille.