“Oklahoma!” Sweeps Down the Plains of ACHS

Antioch Community High School’s spring musical is traveling to a place full of red dirt, wind and lots of tornadoes: “Oklahoma!” The play is open for public viewing from April 24-27 in the ACHS Auditorium and stars senior Wesley Skym as Curly, junior Abby Shepherd as Laurey and senior James Novack as Jud Fry.

“Oklahoma!” director Wanda Teddy said “Oklahoma!” is a “love story that doesn’t really make sense. There are multiple love stories that are being followed while, at the same time, Oklahoma is becoming a state.”

“Oklahoma!” is the story of two cowboys living in the Oklahoma territory during the early 1900’s who vie to win the heart of their similar love interest, Laurey Williams. Simultaneously, there is a second romance between Laurey’s friend Ado Annie and a peddler she has fallen in love with while her boyfriend was on a trip in Kansas City.

Skym said, “‘Oklahoma!’ is about a giant love triangle gone mad.”

He is particularly excited to see how the audience reacts to the end, which begs the question of who will end up with whom.

This classic musical is not expected to be well known by many young adults today, so ACHS bringing this production to the Antioch community is a great way to connect the older and younger generations in Antioch to Rodgers and Hammersterin classic.

Sophomore and show stage manager Josh Breezee said, “I’m excited for this production because it’s an older musical and my mom was involved with this musical when she was younger, so having an older musical is pretty fun to do the old dances and songs.”

“Oklahoma!” has one major change from any previous ACHS musical, and that is the orchestra. In “Oklahoma!”, the band will be sitting on the stage on hay bales performing as well as being dressed in costume. This change may take some getting used to as the orchestra is not used to being seen during the shows, but Teddy is confident that this adjustment will add some spice and originality to the musical.

Teddy said, “‘Oklahoma!’ is different and fun. There is such a multitude of dance and music involved in the musical.”

“Oklahoma!” is said to be filled with a lot of intense scenes that will most definitely have the audience on the edge of their seats. This timeless tale of love is sure to be a hit among all ages, as it is going to certainly be a musical remembered for years to come.

The first showing of “Oklahoma!” will be at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium on April 24. Be sure to attend if you would like to see how these crazy love triangles turn out.