Windsor, N.J. -- Oh, what a beautiful morning it will be at
Mercer County Community College. The Yardley Players present
Rodger's and Hammerstein's timeless musical "Oklahoma!"
Fridays, July 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, July 16 and
23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, July 17 and 24 at
2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with
the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 15.
An immediate sensation when it opened on Broadway in 1943,
"Oklahoma" is set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906
as statehood approaches. It blends tales of love with simmering
tensions between farmers and cowmen in a rugged, still-developing
landscape. The charming romance between cowboy Curly and farm
girl Laurey produces some of the show's most memorable musical
numbers, including "The Surrey With The Fringe on Top"
and "People Will Say We're In Love," while the antics
of cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée,
Ado Annie, provide delightful comic moments. Ultimately, though,
the story is one of love for the land in a budding state that
will turn these pioneering people into a true community.
Featuring a cast of 38, the show stars Joanna Latini, of Hamilton
Square, as Laurey; Michael Niederer, of Pennington, as Curly;
Del Howard, of Lawrenceville, as Will Parker; Kate McCabe,
of Cookstown, as Ado Annie; Jack Petzko, of Cranbury, as Andrew
Carnes; Mark Swift, of Hamilton, as Ali Hakim; Kathleen Kutalek,
of Hightstown, as Aunt Eller; and Joe Zedeny, of East Windsor,
as Jud Fry.
cast members are Tara Wagner, of Hamilton, as Gertie Cummings;
Doug Eberhart, of Yardley, Pa., as Ike Skidmore; Benji Sills,
of Plainsboro, as Slim; Walter Smyth, of Trevose, Pa., as
Cord Elam; Laura Murey, of Hamilton Square, as Dream Laurey;
Kyle Sheehan, of Hamilton, as Dream Curly; Matt South, of
Levittown, Pa., as Fred/Soloist; Joseph Poliziano, of Robbinsville,
as Joe; Christopher McHugh, of Morrisville, Pa., as Farmer;
Andrew Millin, of Perrineville, as Mike; and Amy Zalot, of
Levittown, Pa., as Kate.
Featured ensemble members and dancers are: Alexa Agourides
of Hamilton, Holden Bihl of Robbinsville, Diana Cooper of
Hamilton, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Katie Downey of New Brunswick,
Justin Ghaffoor of Hamilton, Ethan Daniel Levy of Plainsboro,
Abby Oliver of Hamilton, Sally Page of Princeton, Ashley Patrick
of Langhorne, Pa., Lorraine Perri of Florence, Julia Procaccino
of Yardley, Pa., Cynthia Reynolds of Bordentown, Mollie Rubenstein
of West Windsor, Karlee Sangiovanni of Burlington, Ron Sangiovanni
of Burlington, Sarah Williams of Robbinsville, Erin Wurtz
of Levittown, Pa., and Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa.