Students from the Riverview High School theater department and the Newsome High School Chorus have combined their talents to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Oklahoma!" to South Shore.
The setting is the Oklahoma Territory, 1906. The story revolves around cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with headstrong farm girl Laurey Williams, who tries to avoid falling willingly into his arms. The musical score includes old standards such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Kansas City," "Oklahoma!" and "Surrey with the Fringe on Top."
"This musical allows for a big cast of students from two schools, and provides diversification from our normal curriculum," said Daron Hawkins, theater director at Riverview High. "It has been four years since we've done a classic show, and this one is the standard for modern American musicals."
The collaboration with Newsome gives students a chance to work with different teachers and styling, Hawkins said. The last time the schools presented jointly was "Les Miserables" in May 2011.
"'Oklahoma!' has a great story and music," Hawkins said. "It's a wholesome show for the entire family."
The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center's Helen and Hadley Hill Fund awarded a $2,000 grant, which provided partial funding for the show. Production costs will be between $16,000 and $18,000, Hawkins said. The balance is covered by show receipts and fundraisers.
If You Go
Who: Riverview High School drama students, Newsome High School chorus
What: Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Oklahoma!"
Where: Riverview High School auditorium, 11311 Boyette Road
When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13-15 and 20-22
Cost: $10 at the door beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Information: (813) 671-5011, ext. 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org