‘Oklahoma!’ Performed By Phs Theater Club This Weekend


Looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend? The Payson High School Musical Theatre Club will present “Oklahoma!” this Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

“Oklahoma!” was the first musical written by composer Richard Rogers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, “Green Grow the Lilie.” Set in the Oklahoma Territory, outside the town of Claremore, in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl, Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns flirtatious Ado Annie and her long-suffering fiance, Will Parker.

The original Broadway Theatre production opened on March 31, 1943. It was a box-office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, later enjoying award-winning revivals, national tours, foreign productions and an Academy Award-winning 1955 film adaptation. It has long been a popular choice for school and community productions.[1]

Our high school thespians, stagehands, musicians and many other adults and students have spent countless hours preparing for this musical extravaganza.

Please join me in giving our young folks the support they deserve by attending one of the performances.

I know they will appreciate it — and I’m sure you’ll walk away with a big “Oklahoma!” smile on your face.

Now, for this week’s music trivia question. The original “Oklahoma!” Broadway production presented 13 different musical numbers. Which of the following songs is NOT one of the musical numbers from the play? A) “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning,” B) “Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” C) “Some Enchanted Evening” or D) “People Will Say We’re In Love.”

If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $10 gift certificate to Macky’s Grill, where the food is mmm, mmm good and you can always count on friendly and courteous service.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the country duo who recorded the 2005 hit song, “Something To Be Proud Of?”

Is this duo A) Montgomery Gentry, B) Brooks & Dunn, C) Sugarland or D) Varner & Dunman?

The correct answer

The correct answer was A) Montgomery Gentry.

Did you know that Brooks & Dunn, country music’s long-standing and most popular country duo, won the Country Music Association’s vocal duo award from 1994 through 2007? Sugarland, the country duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, have won the award the last two years.

Rumor has it that Varner & Dunman (Julia Randall Elementary principal, Rob Varner, and Payson Elementary School principal, Will Dunman) perform on Saturday nights at the Buffalo Bar & Grill. I’m going to have to check this out to confirm that this is true.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Deb Dando.

Deb was born and raised in Marlboro, Mass. With a song in her voice, she told me that she met her husband, Sid, at a gas station.

He was filling up her tank (remember those olden days when gas stations provided that service?), and it was “love at first sight.” The couple has been married a blissful 31 years, have one son and two beautiful grandchildren, 4 and 2 years old.

While their family was traveling on vacation through the Rim Country 15 years ago, Sid was offered a job with a log cabin business. Loving the beautiful area here, they jumped at the chance to relocate.

Deb has worked the past three years at Finishing Touch Flowers.

Both Deb and Sid are members of the Tonto Rim Marauders and help with the group’s Cowboy Action Shooting event that takes place each May.

Deb also enjoys gardening, camping and attending Sunday service at the Payson First Assembly of God Church near Green Valley Park.

Deb also told me she is a big fan of classic country music. Her favorite artists are Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and Patsy Cline.

Lastly, new pictures that have been added to my Web site are from Jeff and Crystal Howard’s wedding in Round Valley this past Saturday. It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a kick-up-your-cowboy-heels-good-time reception.

See you in (or is that at?) “Oklahoma!”

You can contact DJ Craig by calling 468-1482, or visit his Web site at DJCraigInPayson.com.


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