July 23, 2017

Drama, Tech Dept. open ‘Oklahoma’

Senior Isabel Gray performs as Laurey in the Mira Costa production of "Oklahoma" in the Costa auditorium on April 29. During this scene, Laurey sang of how she would never let a man influence her happiness.

By Madeleine Powell

Staff Writer

The 44-student cast of Mira Costa’s newest production, “Oklahoma!,” debuted its spring musical April 21 in the Costa auditorium, with shows continuing this weekend.

“Oklahoma!” tells the romantic story of cowboy Curly (junior Robert Diehl) and farm girl Laurey (senior Isabel Gray) in Oklahoma Territory at the start of the 20th century. Joining Diehl and Gray, other leads include seniors Daisy Hummer as Ado Annie, Cameron Plank as Will Parker and Connor Tree as Jud Fry.

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“This year there was an overabundance of talent,” drama teacher Carol Mathews said. “There are so many talented people that we [couldn’t] put everybody onstage.”

Photos: The Mira Costa Drama Department presents “Oklahoma!”

Since auditions on Jan. 9, members of the Drama and Tech Department have been rehearsing two to three times a week. Vocal trainer Jenny Graham and choreographer Christopher Albrecht helped train students for the musical.

Visit the Rodgers and Hammerstein website for more information on “Oklahoma!”

After “Oklahoma!,” the Costa Drama and Tech Department will be preparing for its annual showcase of senior scenes on May 30, where seniors will direct and participate in the production of scenes of their choosing. The remaining  “Oklahoma!” shows are tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

Visit the Mira Costa Drama Boosters website for more information on its upcoming events.

“[Oklahoma’s] plot is really interesting to flesh out what’s essentially an antique of musical theatre,” Gray said. “It’s like getting to bring a little piece of  that history to the stage.”

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