LFCHS to present award-winning musical ‘Oklahoma!’

Little Falls Community High School students who will present the musical “Oklahoma” include front row (from left: Mitchell Burr, Monica Kosovich, Brennan Norwood, Alexis Roy, Maria Kosovich, Jordan Petrone, Abby Segler and Kalli Kalpakoff. Second row: Cody Johnson, Mattia Hendrickson, Lauren Zimny, Lexi Zawatzke, Diana Kempenich, Carly Becker, Josie Lange, Casey Klinker, Carley Townsend, Tristen Zimmerman and Janey Walquist. Third row: Gunner Kleinschmidt, Gregory Ross, Connor Jorgenson, Owen Justin, Kallie Baumgartner, Kayla Stock, Ian Norwood, Savannah Abrams and Lilli Kolstad. Back row: John Gottwalt III, Matthew Massman, Brian McNamara, Garrett Horejsi, Joe Kornbaum, Seth Wester, Cameron Smith, Erin Thelander, Casey Johnson, Elizabeth Theis, Katie Stewart, Josh Drong and Christian Alex Thoms-Warzecha. Not pictured: Rachel Lambert and Nathan Voshall.

Little Falls Community High School students who will present the musical “Oklahoma” include front row (from left: Mitchell Burr, Monica Kosovich, Brennan Norwood, Alexis Roy, Maria Kosovich, Jordan Petrone, Abby Segler and Kalli Kalpakoff. Second row: Cody Johnson, Mattia Hendrickson, Lauren Zimny, Lexi Zawatzke, Diana Kempenich, Carly Becker, Josie Lange, Casey Klinker, Carley Townsend, Tristen Zimmerman and Janey Walquist. Third row: Gunner Kleinschmidt, Gregory Ross, Connor Jorgenson, Owen Justin, Kallie Baumgartner, Kayla Stock, Ian Norwood, Savannah Abrams and Lilli Kolstad. Back row: John Gottwalt III, Matthew Massman, Brian McNamara, Garrett Horejsi, Joe Kornbaum, Seth Wester, Cameron Smith, Erin Thelander, Casey Johnson, Elizabeth Theis, Katie Stewart, Josh Drong and Christian Alex Thoms-Warzecha. Not pictured: Rachel Lambert and Nathan Voshall.

Students at Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” This rollicking musical is based on the 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. The musical runs from Thursday – Saturday, May 2 – 4, in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium.

Oklahoma! is set in the pioneer days of the Oklahoma territory, this exuberant story of young love is pure Americana. A high-spirited rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background in the still-developing, rugged landscape of a state in its infancy as characters struggle to find hope, love, and the fulfillment of “the American Dream.”

It is also a romantic tale of love. Curly, a handsome cowboy (played by Brennan Norwood) and Laurey, a winsome farm girl (played by Alexis Roy) both have feelings for each other but have difficulty expressing it because of their stubbornness. Just to spite Curly, Laurey accepts an invitation to the local dance from her hired hand Jud Fry (played by Seth Wester). Meanwhile, Will Parker, a hapless young cowman (played by Garrett Horejsi) has returned early from his trip to Kansas City. Unfortunately, his girlfriend, Ado Annie (played by Lexi Zawatzke), just can’t seem to say no to other men. Filled with humor, romance and adventure, “Oklahoma!” is a timeless story of young love and adventure. Join us to learn how these happy couples sort it all out in Oklahoma!

The musical contains some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most unforgettable songs, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love’ and “Oklahoma!”

Little Falls’ production is under the direction of Camilla Larson, director of choral activities and Drama Club advisor. Jonathon Laflamme, director of bands, is the orchestra director, with choreography by Joy Kolstad.

“It is always a fantastic experience to be able to lead our students through the discovery and development of a musical production,” Larson said. “Watching them grow as individuals as well as an entire cast before my eyes is very exciting and gratifying.”

All show times begin at 7 p.m. in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at LFCHS. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the LFCHS Activities Office. All seats are reserved seating. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the evenings of each performance. For more information, contact the LFCHS Activities Office at (320) 616-2207.

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