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Northwest Missouri State University presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10.

Northwest Missouri State University presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

March 2, 2012

Northwest students bringing ‘Oklahoma!’ to stage March 8-10

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

View more photos of Northwest's production of "Oklahoma!" by clicking here.

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Northwest Missouri State University will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” – which is frequently called the best musical in American stage history – Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 

General admission tickets are $11. Northwest students, employees, senior citizens and K-12 students are $9. Tickets may be purchased at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, or by phone at 660.562.1212. Tickets may be purchased with a Bearcat Card. Tickets also may be purchased at the door on the evenings of each performance.

Set in the pioneer days of the Oklahoma territory, this exuberant story of young love is pure Americana. A high-spirited rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly (played by student Bryce Davis), a handsome cowboy, and Laurey (played by student Mallory Brown), a winsome farm girl, fall in love. Filled with humor, romance and adventure, “Oklahoma!” is a timeless story of young love and adventure.

“Oklahoma!” contains some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most unforgettable songs, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin',” “People Will Say We’re in Love” and “Oklahoma!”

Northwest’s production is under the direction of Dr. Joseph Kreizinger, associate professor in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages. Dr. Brian Lanier, associate professor of the Department of Music is the musical director.

Northwest’s production of “Oklahoma!” is a collaboration of Theatre Northwest and the music department. Both departments bring a wealth of experiences and talents to the show.

“It is always a fantastic experience to be able to lead our students through the discovery and development of a musical production,” Lanier said. “Watching them grow as individuals as well as an entire cast before my eyes is very exciting and gratifying.”

The cast and crew have rehearsed five nights a week for more than three months. The students have poured their energy and talents into the creation of the production, and audiences are sure to be delighted and entertained by the performances, Kreizinger said.

“‘Oklahoma!’ is a classic American musical that combines great music and dance numbers with opportunities for creative characterizations,” Kreizinger said. “Even those who are not into plays will likely leave the theater humming these songs.”   

For more information contact, Theatre Northwest at 660.562.1321.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468