Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre at William Woods University, is preparing student and community actors and actresses to give mid-Missouri an American musical theatre classic. His season opener will be the nationally acclaimed “Oklahoma!”
Leading roles will be played by six William Woods University students: Diane Discher as Aunt Eller, Grant Lierheimer as Curley, Kate Eaker as Laurey, Jason Flauaus as Will Parker, Jamie Heisler as Ado Annie Carnes and Jared Krichevsky as Ali Hakim.
A number of mid-Missouri residents have roles in the musical. They are: George Spratt as Ike Skidmore, Shawn Campbell as Slim, Michael Wilson as Jud Fry, Don Weiss as Andrew Carnes, Shawn Fennewald as Cord Elam, Jody Paschal as Farmer and Ben Mosley as Tom.
Other WWU students in the musical are: Alice Larson as Gertie Cummings, Kylee Weber as Ellen, Christy Pinz as Kate, Philip Ricketts as Joe, Lindsey Pace as Vivian, Bethany Campbell as Dream Laurey, Lindsey Mertes as Girl #1/Act 1, Leah Novack as Girl #1/Act ll, Erin Hux as 2nd Girl and Sharree LaMerre as Virginia.
“Farmer’s daughters and rancher’s gals” are: Jamaica McClain and JoAnn Benfield of WWU; Ellen Pahl and Emmy Potter of Fulton.
The musical can be seen in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p. m. A matinee performance is scheduled for Oct. 21, at 2:30 p.m.
Music is by Richard Rodgers and the book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs and original dance choreography is by Agnes de Mille.
Assisting Potter will be guest musical director Yvonne Hayes and choreographer Mary Safire, who is an adjunct dance instructor at WWU.