By Madeleine Powell
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“[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.”