MACEDONIA — The Drama Club at Nordonia High School will return to the Golden Age of Broadway with a trip to "Oklahoma!"
The musical, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, can be seen Friday through Sunday in the high school’s auditorium.
"We haven’t done a classic show for a long time, and I just love ‘Oklahoma,’" said Chris Simmons, the director and 2004 Nordonia High School graduate.
The musical opened on Broadway on March 31, 1943 and 75 years later, "I think it stands the test of time," Simmons said.
The story takes place in Oklahoma territory, where small town is getting ready to host a box social to raise funds for a school. The plot revolves around the rivalry between Curly (played by Bradford Zinn) and Jud Fry (played by Dan Bowser) for the affections of Laurey (played by Kayleigh Wisniewski).
There’s a second, more comical story: Will Parker (played by Nolan Tater) is trying to marry Ado Annie (played by Jamie Brasovich), who can’t choose between longtime beau Will and peddler Ali Hakim (played by Anthony Strong). Aunt Eller (played by Hannah Ford), the town matriarch, tries to keep the social organized and keep the peace among the different factions in the town, most notably the heated rivalry between the cowboys and farmers.
"It’s a classic," said Kayleigh, a senior. "Even though it was written in the ’40s, it’s still relevant today."
Kayleigh said a big challenge for her was the famous ballet at the end of Act I.
"It’s a lot of choreography to remember," she said. She added that she enjoyed the intricacies of the characters’ personalities and the character development.
Anthony, a junior, said this was his first major role in a high school production. He said his challenges were "getting over nerves" and learning to perform with an accept.
"He’s Persian, so I have to hold an accent," Anthony said. "It’s really weird to do an accent. I also have to sing with an accent. It was a big challenge for me to to that."
Kayleigh said she plans to attend Cleveland State University after she graduates from high school. She said she wasn’t set on a major, other than in the line of performing, but was leaning towards voice.
Anthony said "it was a toss up between teaching and performing."
"My dream job would be to be a voice actor," he said. Anthony added that he was considering either Cleveland State University or Kent State University.
"Chris did a really good job casting this year," Anthony said of the show.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Reserved tickets, for the first 10 rows in the auditorium, are $15. General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students.
For questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve tickets, visit www.nordoniadrama.com online. Tickets also will be available at the door.
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