Love is in the air for ‘Oklahoma!’
Before auditioning for El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!” Julia Adams was more than familiar with the lead role.
She has seen the musical on stage twice and borrowed the old film version from a friend.
“I watched it to get a feel for the characters,” said the Oak Ridge High School sophomore. “I wasn’t looking for any part in particular.”
The part she got was the role of Laurey Williams, a farm girl and love interest of cowboy Curly McLain, played by Jonathan Crammer. Adams describes Laurey as “sassy” and “tough” — a tom boy, who “really Loves Curly.”
“I’m excited to be in it,” said the 15-year-old.
Adams joins many young adults, ranging in age from 5 to 18, who will perform in “Oklahoma!” The musical is based on the musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, which is based on Lynn Riggs’ play, “Green Grow the Lilacs,” set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906.
The musical revolves around the Laurey and Curley, as well as the romantic lives of Ado Annie Carnes (Carly Speno) and Will Parker (Stefan Sorgea).
Go, go, go
Adams has performed in many plays in El Dorado and Sacramento counties. She’s been on stage since she was 6 years old.
“Auditions don’t scare me much anymore,” Adams said.
But rehearsals have been “nerve wracking” she added, especially since the EDMT’s production of “42nd Street” wrapped up the day before rehearsals began for “Oklahoma!” Despite the quick turnaround, Adams said, everyone is determined to put in more than a 100 percent effort to make sure they are ready for opening — Saturday, April 20.
“It’s just been, go, go, go,” Adams said. “Memorize lines as fast as you can. We want to have the best show we can. We’ve been working as a fast-pace.”
“Everyday it’s just one less rehearsal we have,” added Crammer, a Folsom High School senior. “It’s a fun process.”
Crammer has been acting for almost three years and said he has a good grasp on his character, describing Curly as “Your average charming, nice cowboy.”
Both he and Adams have done a lot of research on their leading roles outside of the rehearsal studio in El Dorado Hills
“I spend about a half-hour a day looking at different things,” Crammer said. “Videos of people (who played in “Oklahoma!”) and their takes on their roles.”
Producer Marylou Keane, a choregrapher since 1972, is producing her seventh “Oklahoma!” production. She points out that some cast members will play more than one part, although main characters like as Adams and Crammer are focused on their lead roles.
“It takes twice as long (to prepare),” Keane said.
The production staff is sticking with the original idea of the musical and not varations that have surfaced since the 1980s, Keane noted.
“They will be colorful, bright,” she said of the sets and costumes.
Cast & crew
Members of the cast are: Jud Fry (Braiden Wells), Aunt Eller Murphy (Kaileen Teter), Will Parker (Stefan Sorgea), Ado Annie Carnes (Carly Speno), Ali Hakim (Alex Levy), Andrew Carnes (Matt Surges), Gertie Cummings (Jillian Curry), Dream Laurey (Anjie Rose Wilson), Dream Curly (Andrew Wilson), Cord Elam (Asher Dubin), Ike Skidmore (Andrew Wilson), Slim (Jonathan Leadbetter), Fred (Zack Collins), Clyde (Jordan Peck), Mike (Taylor Presnall), Joe (Quintin Casl), Tom (Connor Ricketts), Billy Bob (Zach Wilson) and Zeke (Dylan Gray).
Out of my dream soloists are Olivia Kaufmann, Rikki Pratt, Kelly Maur, Haley Tangen, Lencia Kebede, Laura Allen, Jenna Lillywhite and Madeleine Kramer.
Dance hall girls in ballet are Jillian Curry, Kiersten Hunter, Nicole Sevey, Christina Vasile, Allie Frew, Christine Keane, Lencia Kebede, Jenna Lillywhite and Madeleine McConnell.
Laurey’s friends in the ballet are Selma Gebhardt, Kelly Maur, Haley Tangen, Alexis Vasile, Isabella Fay, Gabriella Griggs, Madeline Kramer and Madison Sykes.
Performing as farmers, cowmen, neighbors, dream dancers, wedding attendants and Oklahomans are Alexis Vasile, Abigail Jacobstein, Alexandra Fallovallita, Amanda Gomez, Allie Frew, Avery Speel, Ariel Sonenstein, Cami Lind, Audra Tucker, Carson Beards, Aurora Giacobbe, Christina Vasile, Brooke Bollengier, Claire Jacobs, Christine Keane, Clara Whetstone, Dylan Gray, Cora Harris, Emma Burrows, Dylan Gray, Gabriella Griggs, Ellyse Magnani, Hannah Tucker, Emily Martorana, Isabella Fay, Emma Harris, Jenna Lillywhite, Grace Hunter, Jessica Cain, Haley Tangen, Joslyn Stohl, Hannah Davis, Karine Swinehart, Jordan Soto, Katelyn Lane, Julianne Yonano, Kyle Anderson, Kamryn Tung, L Little, Katie Sharp, Laura Allen, Kayla Saraceni, Lencia Kebede, Kelly Maur, Liam Roberts, Kiersten Hunter, Madeline Kramer, Lindsay Vance, Madison Sykes, Lizzie Meggs, Marissa Wong, Nicole Sevey, Riley Price, Olivia Kaufmann, Sabrina Voeller, Owen Whetstone, Sophia Burrows, Rikki Pratt, Victoria Fay, Selma Gebhardt, Yazmeen Mirgoli, Taylor Okashima and Zaara Little.
Keane is the producer and Sue Maur is the assistant production. The rest of the production staff are Debbie Wilson, director/choreographer and artistic director; Jennifer Martin, vocal director; Christine Martorana, costumer; Trevor Frew, VP Business Operations; and Alicia Soto, parent volunteer coordinator.
The musical opens Friday, April 20, and runs through Sunday, May 6, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Thursday and Friday performances will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday shows will run at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 to $29 per person. For more information or purchase tickets call (916) 941-7464 or e-mail Keane at [email protected].