‘Ok­la­homa!’ opens Thurs­day at McKenna Theatre

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW - FROM PAGE 6

“Ok­la­homa!” — Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning mu­si­cal — opens Thurs­day, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. at the McKenna Theatre on the cam­pus of SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz.

Set be­fore the 1906 an­nex­a­tion of the West­ern ter­ri­tory, “Ok­la­homa!” cen­ters on the bumpy love jour­ney in­volv­ing two young, high-spir­ited cow­boys vy­ing with an evil ranch hand and a trav­el­ing ped­dler for the hearts of the women they love.

Lau­rey Wil­liams, a strong-willed farm girl, is torn be­tween her an­tag­o­nis­tic flir­ta­tion with cow­boy Cur­ley McLain and the brood­ing at­ten­tion of farm­hand Judd Fry. A se­cond love tri­an­gle in­volv­ing Lau­rey’s friend, Ado An­nie Carnes, cow­boy Will Parker and the Per­sian ped­dler, Ali Hakim, adds lay­ers of comic depth and con­fu­sion. As a highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial event ap­proaches, the char­ac­ters make choices with life-or­death con­se­quences.

The drama is car­ried

along by iconic songs such as “The Sur­rey with the Fringe on Top,” “Peo­ple Will Say We’re in Love,” “Oh What a Beau­ti­ful Mornin’” and the rous­ing ti­tle an­them, “Ok­la­homa!”

Ad­di­tional 8 p.m. per­for­mances will take place Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. There will also be Sun­day mati­nee per­for­mances on Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults, $18 for se­niors ages 62 and older, SUNY New Paltz fac­ulty and staff and non-SUNY New Paltz stu­dents. Ad­mis­sion is $10 for SUNY New Paltz stu­dents.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the Parker Theatre box of­fice from Mon­day to Fri­day from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can also be pur­chased by vis­it­ing new­paltz.edu/theatre/

Call (845) 257-3880 or send an email to box­of­fice@new­paltz.edu for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED A scene from “Ok­la­homa!”

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