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Region’s Students to Perform ‘Oklahoma!’ at CAC This Weekend

The first-ever Student Summer Stock production at the Community Arts Center will be the classic musical, “Oklahoma!” with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. on July 24-25 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 26.

Three performances of "Oklahoma!" scheduled
Three performances of “Oklahoma!” scheduled

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set standards and established rules of musical theater still being followed. It is only fitting that this timeless production be the first of many for the newly developed Student Summer Stock with the cast comprised of local students ages 12-18 from across the region.

Chock full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and “People Will Say We’re in Love,” the production will thrill audiences young and old. Tickets are on sale now at the CAC for $10 for adults and $5 for students, thanks to the show sponsors Hudock Capital Group, LLC; Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Charline Pulizzi and Family and Yoder Insurance.

Area students brush up their choreography during a CAC rehearsal.
Area students brush up their choreography during a CAC rehearsal.

“The most amazing aspect of this year’s Student Summer Stock production of ‘Oklahoma!’ is the ‘heart’ of the show,” said Rob Steele, executive director of the CAC. “‘Oklahoma!’ is the quintessential classic American musical theater model. The energy of incredibly talented students from around the region, coupled with the experience and talent of a highly motivated production team, equals a Broadway-quality event with ridiculously affordable ticket prices! “The students and production team have come together in a magical way to create an experience that everyone will be talking about for some time to come. ‘Oklahoma!’ is a show that is ‘done often…but not often done well.’ The Student Summer Stock production of ‘Oklahoma!’  is not only done well…it is memorable.”

For more show information and to buy tickets, visit the CAC website. The Community Arts Center, at 220 W. Fourth St. (just a few blocks from campus), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn College.