Panama Central To Perform ‘Oklahoma!’

PANAMA – The Panther Players of Panama Central School will present the musical “Oklahoma!” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium.

A dress rehearsal on Thursday is free to senior citizens and begins at 6 p.m.

Music and lyrics are written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and is based on the book Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

Featured in the production will be 37 middle and high school students in the classic story, set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906 of Laurey, played by Kennadee Woods, and the two rivals for her affections, Curley McLain, played by Michael Yuchnitz, and Jud Fry, played by Michael Rensel. It also tackles the class issues between the farmers and the cowmen in the still-developing landscape of a state in its infancy. Other characters include Will Parker, played by Ben Taylor; Ado Annie Carnes played by Chelsea Baron; Aunt Eller played by Cora Monroy; Ali Hakim played by Dustin Smouse; Andrew Carnes played by Patrick Radka; and Gertie Cummings played by Abby Taylor.

The production is directed by Stephen R. Swanson and Tabetha Butler. Choreography is by Molly Vine.

Tickets are $7 general admission and are available at the door.