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‘Oklahoma!’ opens Friday evening

Musical is director’s 50th play for Zillah

— The long- awaited Z Center Stage upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” opens at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Directing her 50th play for the drama department is Lynn Brant, a 27-year teaching veteran at the school.

She said the musical will take her high school actors to new challenges with the classic high-energy romp into the world of farmers.

Future shows are May 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on May 20 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a free ice cream social.

Brant said Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theater still being followed today.

Set in the Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Brant, is aided by Cheryl Crossley and Brittany Andrews with choreography, and music is directed by Victoria Lodahl. Sets are by Theresa Bell.

Audiences will get to enjoy classic tunes such as “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “I Cain’t Say No”, “Kansas City”, “The Farmer and the Cowman” and of course, “OKLAHOMA!” Brant said.

Tickets are available at the Zillah High School,1602 Second Ave., or at the door.

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