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Oklahoma!, by
You're Doing Fine Oklahoma
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
5.0
You’re doing fine Oklahoma…Better than fine in fact! I had the pleasure to see not only one but two of the performances of “Oklahoma” at the wonderful Holly Theatre. I did go on opening weekend and that show was so great that I went back this past Saturday night and took with me several friends. This show just keeps getting better. In fact, this Saturday nights show was a complete sell out!! Not only that, the standing ovation at the end of the program went on and on. Tim Quigley and Colleen Quigley have done an amazing job of putting together a superb cast. Let me start with Aunt Eller, played by Gloria Szokoly. She is probably of the the best Aunt Ellers I have ever seen! Her sassy and fun loving ways make her a joy to watch. She really brings Aunt Eller to life. Next is Curley, played by Steve Batchelor. He does a great job of showing both the stubborn and soft side of Curley. If he were singing to me, I would definitely ride in the Surrey with him!! Next we have Laurey, played by Leah Colston. I had a hard time believing that this was her debut in the performing arts. She has one of the hardest parts to play and sing being that many of Laurey's songs are very high soprano. She is as beautiful to listen to as she is so watch on stage. She is exactly what I picture Laurey being. Onto Ado Annie played by Karla Brookreson-Owens. She is so cute!! Her song “I Can’t Say No!” is one of the highlights of the show. She has just the right timing to hit every mark and she just gets funnier and funnier. Will Parker, played by Nick Demore also does a great job of playing Ado Annie’s love interest. He again fits the part so well! Ali Hakim played by Craig Lovell completes this crazy love triangle. His accent is so real sounding, even in his songs. Last but definitely not least is Jud, the sulky farm hand played wonderfully by David Pylate. He does such of wonderful job of making the audience dislike him and feel sorry for him at the same time. I would love to hear more of his voice!! All in all, I have to say this is the best show I have seen at the Holly! The chemistry between all of the performers seems real at times, and I hated to see it end. I also have to give a big smiley to the musicians who bring all the songs to life with the wonderful talent. This is definitely at must see for anyone who likes musical theater. The Holly has it all in this show! I just wish it were running a little longer. I hope to see many of the cast in future productions at the Holly and surrounding theaters. Two thumbs up to all of the cast and crew of Oklahoma!!

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