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Snow Camp dazzles with 'Oklahoma'

August 14, 2014

By Charity Apple, Times-News, Burlington, N.C.



Aug. 14--SNOW CAMP -- One of the most captivating scenes in the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre's performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" is "Laurey's Dream Ballet" in which a mirror image of the central character struggles with her feelings for two men.

Alexandra "Alex" Stroud (Laurey) looks on as Madison Warren-Coombs (Dream Laurey) dances cheek-to-cheek with the handsome cowboy Curly (Vaughn Stevens), only to be interrupted by farmhand Jud (Curtis Brown). Laurey clearly is afraid of Jud but accepts his invitation to the dance in hopes that Curly will be jealous.

"Oklahoma!" often brings to mind the lively theme song, but there are some deep, dark emotions -- especially where the disturbed farmhand Jud is concerned. Despite the drama, a number of families attended the show's opening Wednesday night and were delighted by the talent on stage.

Director Kevin Reams has assembled a group of talented singers and dancers who display their versatility in this show. Reams played Hannibal Quave in "Pathway To Freedom," Simon Dixon in "The Sword of Peace" and Simon in the children's show, "Princess and the Pea."

Stroud and Stevens have an incredible on-stage chemistry and Brown, who has been featured in shows this summer ranging from historical dramas to children's productions, captures Jud's emotional anguish beautifully in the song, "Lonely Room."

Known for songs such as "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin,' " "People Will Say We're In Love" and the iconic "Oklahoma," this show is so much more than catchy tunes. As in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel," which followed "Oklahoma," this show has a ballet sequence to interpret the feelings of the female lead. The musical theater writing team had the ability to focus on people's hopes, dreams and fears through music, acting and dance. The popular musical is often performed by theater groups, but the outdoor theater's production is not only appealing, but delightful.

Given the death of the theater's beloved co-founder James Wilson last September, the theater and its organizers have endured a lot this past year but have continued to produce quality shows. Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre's musical, to me, signifies the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Take the opportunity to see this amazing show during its short run; you'll be glad you did.

Performances are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and Aug. 20-23, 2014, at the drama site, 301 Drama Road. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and $14 for seniors 60 and up. For more details, call

(336) 376-6948 or visit snowcampdrama.com.

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