Date 18th May 2019
Society Abergavenny Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (AAODS)
Venue Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
Type of Production Musical
Director Snowy Clark
Musical Director Andrew Protherough-Jones
Choreographer Cait Davies


Author: Allan Mears [on behalf of Dee McIlroy]

Oklahoma! is one of those shows where you go home humming all the tunes.

Aunt Eller played by Deborah Harrington very much the rock of the show, had a homely warmth and authority, a role made for her.

Curly played by Matthew Bryant had an easy unselfconscious stage presence well suited to this role, lending charm to a character who at times seems too good and clean cut to be true. I loved Matthew’s characterisation of this role.  He was very likeable and had the appropriate charm, wit and sex appeal.

Laurey played by Lauren Barrett was a natural, Strong yet vulnerable and well cast. This role gave Lauren the chance to showcase her fine acting, great voice and excellent dance ability.

Will Parker played by John-Paul Price brought a different characterisation to Will that I have never seen before. A well timed comedy performance.

Jud Fry played by Chris Holt was very well conveyed and had just the right amount of menace and maintained in this characterisation throughout. Chris seamed to understand his characters inner demons very well which gave that added depth to his performance.

Ado Annie Carnes played by Shauna Barnhouse was highly amusing and obviously was having great fun. delightfully strident, but relatively innocent, running rings round her two “suitors” with just the right amount of excitement and disappointment in the right places. Shauna has a cracking voice and I loved her version of ‘I can’t say no’!

Ali Hakim played by Shane Bassett extracted all the humour in the role required and was true to the part, his well timed comedic moments added some lighter touches to the proceedings

Gertie Cummings played by Emily Harrington was the girl with the irritating laugh’ played to great effect.

The full cast were committed and put a great deal of energy into the singing, dancing and acting.

Choreography was appropriate for the company and cleverly executed so that everyone appeared to achieve what they set out to do. The orchestra led by Musical Director Andrew Protherough-Jones made a great sound playing the well-known music expertly. The direction throughout was highly commendable.

Congratulations AAODS