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What a beautiful way to entertain audience

December 4, 2013


OKLAHOMA! the musical love story is coming to Llanelli.

Regarded as the first fully integrated musical play, Rodgers and Hammerstein's show has been a favourite of theatre-goers since it opened on Broadway in 1943.

It was also the theatre legends' first collaborative effort and set the bar for shows combining acting, music, and dance. Now, for three nights only, Llanelli Musical Players are bringing this romance to life at Llanelli's Ffwrnes theatre.

Producer Joy Thomas said that the company had decided to do something more traditional in choosing Oklahoma!

"We thought it would suit our company really well," she said.

"It hasn't been done in the area for a long time either.

"And we were pleased because we can include the children as well."

Set in the USA, at the turn of the 20th century, Oklahoma! tells the story of the romantic rivalry between cowboys and farmers, who are trying to get the girl.

Opening with the famous Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', handsome cowboy Curly McLain hopes to win over farm girl Laurey Williams.

He wants to take her to the box social dance -- but Laurey is playing hard to get.

At the same time, farm hand Jud Fry also has his eyes set on Laurey, whose advances, to spite Curly, she accepts.

Meanwhile, another cowboy Will Parker returns broke from a trip to Kansas City having spent his wedding money on gifts for his beloved Ado Annie. But while Will has been away, Annie has fallen for a Persian peddler called Ali Hakim.

Through shotgun weddings, troubled decisions, and nightmarish dreams, the complicated love story resolves at the box social.

Llanelli Musical Players is pleased to announce that it has secured the touring set for this production, which will allow the company to make full use of the Ffwrnes stage.

With the addition of costumes and a full orchestra, Oklahoma! promises to deliver. Mrs Thomas said: "It's all round entertainment.

"We have got wonderful music, acting, dance, and the quality of the voices is fantastic."

Oklahoma! runs at Ffwrnes from Thursday December 12 to Saturday December 14 at 7:30pm.

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