Oklahoma

Date 18th May 2012
Society Richmond Operatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre, Richmond?
Type of Production Musical?
Director Rhoda Fraser
Musical Director Jonathan Heitler

Report

Author: Fred Piggford

It never ceases to amaze what ROS manage to achieve on the tiny Georgian Theatre stage, and ‘Oklahoma!’ was no exception. This was an excellent production with a cast of almost 40 people and was very much appreciated by the large audience. Rhoda’s direction, Jonathan’s music, and Pru’s and Maureen’s choreography ensured that it would be another success for the society.
As it said in the Chairman’s programme notes, some of the cast were playing the parts they took the last time the society did the show in 1996, and they did as well this time as they did then.

Steph Solley, as Laurey, and Chris Wellings, as Curly, both sang and acted their parts well and worked well together. John Holliday, as Will Parker, showed how versatile he has become over the years in his dancing as well as his singing, and he was very ably accompanied by Emily Wilson as the scatty Ado Annie. They both worked well together. Linda Baldry was warm and kindly as Aunt Eller. Brian Martin was believable as the Pedlar Ali Hakim (would you put your trust in him?) and Andy Gaines was a typically menacing Jud Fry. There were some excellent performances from the rest of the principals who all combined with the chorus and dancers to make this a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment for us all.

Congratulations to the set builders and the stage manager Amanda for making this show work and very well done to all concerned. Apologies for the delay in writing this report but as you can imagine life has been just a little hectic this year.