Rockville Musical Theatre Oklahoma!By Laura & Mike Clark • Jul 18th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Rockville Musical Theatre’s Oklahoma! [MP3 4:03 1.2MB].
Mike: Oklahoma! is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906. It tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farmer girl Laurey Williams. Their love is challenged by Laurey’s threatening farm hand, Jud Fry. Much of the play follows the tension generated by this conflict.
Laura: I enjoyed this show. The singing and dancing were very good. Everybody seemed to have a good time. They seemed very comfortable on stage. The audience really enjoyed the performance.
Mike: This was a very solid production. The casting was very well done. The dancing was incredible, very complicated movements. I think the whole thing worked together very well.
Laura: Aunt Eller was played by Liz Weber. I was very impressed by her performance. She did an outstanding job. She had a very strong voice, lots of emotion. The reactions to Curly teasing her in the opening scene I thought were very real. She looked like she was having a really good time.
Mike: Curly the cowboy was played by Kevin Zarcone. I really liked his performance. The singing was solid. I think he added a lot of subtleties to the role. For example when he was talking to Jud inside Jud’s house. That scene was very nicely done. Also when he was talking to Laurey and teasing her about the surrey. She was getting kind of upset I liked how he kind of winked and had fun with the role. It was a pretty good performance.
Laura: Laurey Williams the farm girl was played by Erin Zimberg. I liked her portrayal of Laurey very much. She had a really nice soprano voice. She got along well with Curly. They teased each other right along, but at the same time they seemed very comfortable with each other. At the end when she realized that she really did love Curly, she was afraid of Jud. That emotion in her voice during that scene I thought was very powerful and very emotional.
Mike: At the end of the first act there is a sequence called “The Dream Ballet.” Laurey fell asleep and has a dream (or a nightmare). The entire company comes out and does a ballet sequence. I really liked how they did that whole thing. Laurey falling asleep on the log was very nicely done. The Dream Laurey was played by Adrienne Larsen-Silva. The Dream Curly was played by Colin Conrad. I really liked the whole dance they had together. The other characters came out on stage and did the dance around them and different types of square dancing and things like that. It worked really well. I especially liked how the entire set turned black and white during the dream sequence. That was very effective and a very innovative concept to get across. The show was choreographed by the director Duane Monahan and Victoria Hutter.
Laura: The set for Oklahoma! I thought was also very well done. The Set Designers were Robert J. Jones and Steven Welsh. There were several different pieces that actually wheeled on and off the stage. The area of the Fitzgerald Theatre was large enough that there was enough room to have pretty solid sets built. Yet it didn’t feel like the stage crew was having to run five mile to get the pieces on and off the stage in a timely manner. I thought it was really well done.
Mike: The show runs about two hours and forty-five minutes with one intermission. It plays through Sunday July 29th. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 2 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, Maryland.
Laura: This was a very friendly show. I think you will enjoy it and I recommend you go see this show.
Mike: It seemed like the show was almost sold out. The auditorium was very full. Definitely call ahead and order tickets if you’re interested in going. I think you’ll have a really good time if you go see this show.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Aunt Eller: Liz Weber
- Curly: Kevin Zarcone
- Laurey: Erin Zimberg
- Ike Skidmore: Tom Lane
- Slim: Scott Cicero
- Fred: Jesse Keeover
- Jess: Nikki Duong
- Mike: Colin Conrad
- Cord Elam: Peter Greenfield
- Will Parker: Derek Tatum
- Jud Fry: Brian Lingenfelter
- Ado Annie: Cara Pellegrino
- Ali Hakim: David Fair
- Gertie Cummings: Alexis Mitchell
- Margaret: Michelle Hessel
- Sylvie: Cynthia E. Zarcone
- Ingrid: Adrienne Larsen-Silva
- Aggie: Luisa Barone
- Vivian: Meaghan Tarquinio
- Virginia: Casie Terry
- Andrew Carnes: Micky Goldstein
- Dream Laurey: Adrienne Larsen-Silva
- Dream Curly: Colin Conrad
- Producer: Andrew R. Dodge
- Director: Duane Monahan
- Musical Director: Ellen Auer
- Choreographers: Duane Monahan, Victoria Hutter
- Conductor: Scott Richards
- Stage Manager: Erin Lashof
- Asst. Stage Manager: Noam Lautman
- Set Designers: Robert J. Jones & Steven Welsh
- Lighting Designer: Robert J. Jones
- Costume Designer: Richard “Bat” Battistelli
- Costume Assistant: Eleanor Dicks
- Sound Designers: Robert Schaffer & Chuck Terlizzi
- Properties: Margie Henry
- Hair & Makeup Designer: Cynthia E. Zarcone
- Publicity: Andrew R. Dodge
- Technical Director: Robert J. Jones
- Set Construction crew: Robert J. Jones, Robert R. Jones, Matthew Jones, Gayle Jones, Alex Henry, Eric Henry, Andrew R. Dodge, Cara Pellegrino, Adrienne Larsen-Silva, Duane Monahan, Erin Lashof
- Audition Pianist: Josh Boker & Marci Shegogue
- Audition Assistants: Robert J. Jones, Denise Gilmore, Scott Richards
- Rehearsal Pianist: Claire Crabtree
- Program Designer: Andrew R. Dodge
- Press Reception: Judith Dodge
- Intermission: Richard Montgomery HS
- Refreshments: Band Boosters
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.