March 28, 29, April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2008

Cast (in alphatetical order)
Andrew CarnesFred Broadbent
Ali HakimNick Englesson
Aunt EllerCindy Ernst
Ike SkidmoreWally Field
Will ParkerJoe Fortunato
Laurey WilliamsMelissa Frey
Marshal Cord ElamBruce Gilbert
JoeJewel Gilbert
SamJorne Gilbert
KateTaryn Gilbert
SylvieTasia Gilbert
AggieTeara Gilbert
Curly McLainColin Hooker-Haring
SlimMiles Lahue
Gertie CummingsErin McMaster
ArminaKelli Robinson
Ado AnnieMarnie Santaniello
EllenSavanah Simeone
FredPeter Smith
Jud FryJim Tully
"Out of my Dreams" girlStephanie Hughes
"Out of my Dreams" girlAngelita Wood
Bethann Flick
Andrea Hegedus
Whitney Neilson
Jessica Reich
Nancy Sturm
Cheryl Wenhold
Production Staff
Director/ChoreographerBill Mutimer
Musical DirectorJoe Fink
Ballet ChoreographerLindsey Howard
State ManagerErica Rachel Hunt
Lighting DesignerJacob Nelson
Costume DesignerDanielle Yavorski
Property MasterCheryl Christensen

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Charming 'Oklahoma's' a beautiful evening on stage

By Myra Yellin Outwater
Special to The Morning Call

April 1, 2008

''Oklahoma!,'' now at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, has been staged with wit, humanity and insight. Director Bill Mutimer has created a simplified, but charming vision of youthful innocence and romantic illusions.

Mutimer has struck gold with a cast whose voices soar in Rodgers and Hammerstein classics -- ''The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,'' ''People Will Say We're in Love,'' ''I Cain't Say No'' and the grand finale, ''Oklahoma!''

From the moment you hear the offstage voice of Colin Hooker-Haring as Curly, singing ''Oh What a Beautiful Morning,'' you know that it will be a beautiful evening on stage.

Hooker-Haring is a natural to play the young cowboy, so smitten with love that he is willing to sacrifice everything -- his saddle, his horse and even his gun -- to buy his true love a picnic basket. Hooker-Haring brings a boyish charm, a heroic bravado and a clear and thrilling voice to the role.

Melissa Frey, who plays Laurey, his outspoken love, with a pert and sassy indecisiveness, has a voice to match as the two duel musically in ''People Will Say We're in Love.''

Frey is so eager to show her independence that she agrees to go to the picnic with Jud Frey, a man she detests and fears rather than let Curly know she loves him.

Jim Tully brings a sulky humanity to the role of the melancholy Frey, making him less a threatening villain than an misunderstood misfit. And his duet with Curly, ''Pore Jud is Daid,'' is one of the show's musical highlights.

Cindy Ernst is a marvelous no nonsense, heart of gold Aunt Eller, equally at home singing as she is spreading happiness among her feuding neighbors, the farmers and ranchers of early 20th-century Oklahoma.

Marnie Santaniello is an enthusiastic and flirtatious Ado Annie. Santaniello steals the show every time she sashays on stage, shaking her ribbons as she flirts with suitors Will Parker and the peddler Ali Hakim.

Joe Fortunato is well-cast as the gangly, clumsy and naïve Parker. Nick Englesson is wily and coy as the slippery peddler Hakim. Fred Broadbent is a gruff, cagey and take charge Andrew Carnes eager to get rid of his lovestruck daughter, Ado Annie.

Jacob Nelson's lighting of the ballet scene dream dance adds an erotic tension to Lindsey Howard's interpretation of the famous DeMille choreography. It is enhanced by Heather Fox's graceful dancing as the dream Laurey.

Mutimer has a gift for staging large ensembles and it's evident in this show.

Myra Yellin Outwater is a freelance writer.
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