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September 25, 2018

Quirk’s Players to Stage Oklahoma!


FULTON, NY – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School is proud to announce that it will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical Oklahoma!

Performances are scheduled for March 3, 4 and 5 in the Bodley High School  Auditorium.

Pictured from left (seated) are: David Houck, who plays the loveable Will Parker, Victoria Eckhard who plays Ado Annie, Erika Perwtiz who will appear as Laurey and Jeremy Herlowski who will assume the role of Curly. Standing (from left) are: Bayley Raponi who plays the role of Ike Skidmore; Alysa Rosenbarker who portrays Aunt Eller, Gina Babcock who will appear as Gertie Cummings and Michael Mankiewicz who will portray the traveling peddler Ali Hakim. Oklahoma! is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes.

Pictured from left (seated) are: David Houck, who plays the loveable Will Parker, Victoria Eckhard who plays Ado Annie, Erika Perwtiz who will appear as Laurey and Jeremy Herlowski who will assume the role of Curly. Standing (from left) are: Bayley Raponi who plays the role of Ike Skidmore; Alysa Rosenbarker who portrays Aunt Eller, Gina Babcock who will appear as Gertie Cummings and Michael Mankiewicz who will portray the traveling peddler Ali Hakim. Oklahoma! is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau with dances choreographed by Doreen Forbes.

Curtain time is set for 7:30 p.m. each day.

Additionally there will be a 2 p.m.  matinee on March 5.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and became an instant success. Based on Lynn Riggs’ folk play Green Grow The Lilacs, Oklahoma! depicts the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys set in a western Indian territory just after the turn of the 20th century.

The production tells the story of Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, who are in love but are too stubborn to admit that they have feelings for each other.

Their love is tested in many ways throughout the production, especially as the hired farm hand Jud Fry confesses romantic feelings for Laurey.

Laurey’s good friend, the flirtatious Ado Annie, is torn between cowboy Will Parker and the traveling peddler and ladies’ man Ali Hakim.

These head strong characters seek to work out their romantic predicaments and forge a new life together in a brand-new state.

Oklahoma! marked the first collaborative work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II who reigned on Broadway for years.

Their partnership provided some of America’s best loved musicals including South Pacific, State Fair, The King and I and The Sound of Music to name a few.

Their production of Oklahoma! created the modern American musical; the formula used by Rodgers & Hammerstein is still used on Broadway today.

Over the years Oklahoma! has earned dozens of awards and continually proves to be an American favorite.

The musical has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been performed all over the world.

Today, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization consistently licenses more than 600 productions of Oklahoma! in the United States and Canada each year alone.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! features a beautiful score that includes such notable Broadway classics as “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,”  “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,”  “Kansas City,”  “I Cain’t Say No,” “It’s A Scandal! It’s An Outrage!,”  “People Will Say We’re In Love,”  “Lonely Room,”  “All Er Nothin’,” and “Oklahoma” to name a few.

Starring in GRB’s musical this year is senior Erica Perwitz as Laurey and junior Jeremy Herlowski as Curly.  Laurey’s spirited Aunt Eller will be played by Alysa Rosenbarker while Brandon Webb assumes the role of the dark and threatening farmhand Jud. David Houck, a junior at Bodley, will play the carefree Will Parker who longs to marry the fun loving Ado Annie played by Victoria Eckhard. Michael Mankiewicz will portray Ali Hakim, the traveling peddler, whose character may prevent Will Parker from marrying his love.

Senior Gina Babcock will appear as Gertie Cummings.  Ben McKay will play the role of Andrew Carnes, Ado Annie’s father, and Bayley Raponi will play the role of Ike Skidmore.

Members of the ensemble will appear as farmers, cowboys and residents of the Oklahoma Indian Territory as well as other small character roles.  The ensemble includes Zachary Almeter, Justin Atwater, Alexis Barth, Nicholas Brown, Corinne Clarke, Briana Coakley, Jenna Coakley, Olivia Duca, Julie Duval, Mykenzie Finch, Sarah Fisch, Michael Gerth, Paula Robles Gonzales, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorne, Sean Hein, Kayleigh Hotaling, Chloe Hurlbut, Kaylee Hutchins, Haiden Johnson, Kylie Jones, Arthur Lincoln, Genesis Loetterle, Griffin Marriner, Caitlyn McAfee, Timothy McAfee, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Jaden Patterson, Alexis Phelps, Kelsey Rosenbarker, Emily Sohoski, Ean Stevenson, Chris Tetro, Wesley VanBuren, Hayley Vann and Emma Weaver.

Comprising the children’s ensemble are six elementary students in the Fulton schools:  Ella Halladay, Annyka Halligan, Tyler LaDue, Sutter Lewin, Andrew Mainville and Grady Marshall.

Student members of the backstage/technical crew include Addison Billion, McKenna Bourgeois, Julie Cieszeski, Andrew Gilbert, Brooke Halstead, Dominique Johnson, Sierra Sheldon and Caleb Trepasso.

Quirk’s Players’ production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School and faculty advisor to Quirk’s Players.

Thomas Nami, a member of the GRB Music Department, is music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.

Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will serve as technical director/stage manager.

Dances are being choreographed by Doreen Forbes, a fifth grade teacher at James R. Fairgrieve Elementary School.

Costumes are being designed by Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes.

Karen Procopio will coordinate/design wigs and hair pieces for the production.

Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School.  Named in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School. The organization presents two main productions a year and participates in at least one annual high school drama festival.

This fall Quirk’s Players presented the fast-paced farce What The Rabbi Saw and the entertaining Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie last spring.

For more information about Quirk’s Players, its history and upcoming production of Oklahoma!, visit www.quirksplayers.com

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