Acton Amateur Operatic Society are busily putting the finishing touches to their latest production ‘Oklahoma’, which opens on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley.
Debbie Cornock takes the reins of this years show, making her debut as Director for this Rogers and Hammerstein classic, with Matt Davis as Musical Director and Stacey Louise Haughey as Choreographer.
Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, this musical tells the story of two pairs of would-be lovers.
Curly McLain and Laurey Williams both have trouble admitting their feelings for each other. Because of this, Judd Fry, the somewhat sinister hired hand at Laurey’s farm tries to come between them and take Laurey for his own.
Ado Annie Carnes is torn between Will Parker, a cowboy who has strong feelings for her, and Ali Hakim, a peddler and renowned ladies’ man who has no intentions of ‘getting hitched’.
This fast paced production featuring many well-known songs including ‘The Farmer and The Cowman’, ‘I Can’t Say No’, ‘Lonely Room’ and title ‘Oklahoma’, is one Musical not to be missed. The cast are amongst the best singers, dancers and actors in the area who have made the roles their own over six long months of demanding rehearsals.
In previous years, Acton Amateur Operatic Society have mainly staged shows at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe.
However financial restraints meant they have had to choose a new venue to stage Oklahoma, and The Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley was perfect for the Societies’ needs
Chairman Ian Hall told the Crewe News “The financial outlay for many societies like ours has spiralled over the years. With rehearsal room hire, costumes, scenery props, venue hire, lighting and sound, it can cost over £30,000 to stage a week long run of performance. The cast are all volunteers who work extremely hard to put on a good show for our audience, and we try to keep admission prices as low as possible. This means that fundraising by other means is very important to us and our survival”.
If you wish to help support Acton Amateur Operatic Society financially, you can donate using PayPal via their website – www.acton-aos.co.uk
Recently, some of the society members ‘saddled-up’ to complete a gruelling 50-mile bike ride from Acton Parish Hall to Mitchell Arts Centre and back. The team of Gareth Roberts, Debbie Cornock, Dean Cornock, Danny Froud, Adam Goode, Rob Earl and Megan Sheer raised more than £1,000 to help finance the production.
Oklahoma will run between Wednesday October 8th and Saturday October 11th 2014.
Evening shows start at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets cost £15 for all performances and are available from the Mitchell Arts Centre by calling on 01782 409307, or online at www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk
Members of Acton AOS pictured at the half-way point during their fundraising 50 mile cycle ride.
Adam Goode takes on the role of Judd Fry, the hired hand at Aunt Eller’s farm
The Principal cast getting into character- You’re looking fine Oklahoma…….Oklahoma OK!