Student-actors throughout the Mexico School District No. 59 will transport visitors to the Oklahoma Territory on Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 as they present the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!”
Performances on Nov. 16 and 17 start 7 p.m. and the Nov. 18 performance is a 2:30 p.m. matinee. Tickets are now on sale at MHS and through cast members. They are $10 for adults and $5 for students through 12th grade. The show is directed by Sara Given. The assistant director and musical director are Sarah Murdock and Julie Pappas, respectively.
“Oklahoma!” tells the story of independent farm girl Laurey Williams, played by Sarah Kasubke, and her relationships with the handsome cowboy Curly McLain, Riley Given, and the fearsome Judd Fry, Nate Goff.
Gracelyn Penn, Abbie Smith, Jackson Unger, Steven Owings, Eleyena Samm and Aiden Harley round out the rest of the speaking cast.
Auditions were in mid-September. The 46-strong cast, which includes students from grades first through 12th, has been hard at work ever since. Pappas said she’s been impressed by the cast for their work ethic and knowledge of the material.
The cast is now in its technical rehearsals to work out any issues it may have with lighting, sound and costumes in preparation for opening night.
“I think it’s going to be one of the best musicals in Mexico, Missouri, that the high school has put on, at least,” Riley Given said.