Oklahoma! rides in

St Annes on Sea Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society are busy putting the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated production of Rodgers & Hammersteins classic musical 'Oklahoma!

St Annes on Sea Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society are busy putting the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated production of Rodgers & Hammersteins classic musical 'Oklahoma!

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A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is set to gallop on to the stage in Lytham next month.

St Annes on Sea Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society are busy putting the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated production classic musical Oklahoma!

It is due to hit the stage at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham between June 13 and 16 and is a show not to be missed according to director Trevor Stone.

He said: “The countdown is now on to opening night and the cast are really excited about performing.

The production team has put together a really wonderful and exciting production and we have made sure we include something for everyone.

“There is comedy, tap, a wonderful ballet sequence, top class acting and some superb singing. It really will be a show not to be missed.”

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein. It was based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs and is set in 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.

But the path of true love doesn’t run smoothly and from potions and nightmares to knife fights and high drama, the musical has a gripping plot.

There are other subplots including the secondary romance of cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie, a friend of Laurey’s.

But the musical score, which contains much loved songs like Oh What A Beautiful Morning, I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No, The Farmer and The Cowman and the title song Oklahoma! is perhaps why it has remained such a firm favourite.

Trevor Stone added: “With so many wonderful songs its no wonder Oklahoma! has remained so popular over the years.

“The company has really enjoyed learning all the songs and we can’t wait to perform them on the stage.

“St Annes have lined up a wonderful cast headed by Michael Cosgrove and Sarah Appleton who take the roles of Curly and Laurey.

“These roles which have had some star names associated with them throughout the years. Booking is brisk so book yours now to avoid disappointment.“

Oklahoma! has a full chorus and they have been working with musical director Peter Weston and choreographer Julie Segev.

The show runs at Lowther Pavilion from Wednesday June 13 to Saturday June 16 at 7.30pm nightly.

There is also a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 16.

Tickets are £12 and are available from the box office on (01253) 794221 or you can book on line at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk.