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Wolfpack Players bring classic musical ‘Oklahoma’ to Wilkes-Barre Area High School March 3-6

Wolfpack Players bring classic musical ‘Oklahoma’ to Wilkes-Barre Area High School March 3-6
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From a press release:

The Wolfpack Players of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” on Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, March 6.

This high school drama club consists of not only students from Wilkes-Barre Area but the Wilkes-Barre Area Creative and Performing Arts Academy, which includes students from Dallas, Crestwood, Northwest Area, Holy Redeemer, and Wyoming Area.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards and rules of modern musical theatre. In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story.

Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination, and the promise of a new land. With songs such as “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” and the title track, “Oklahoma,” audiences are often dancing and singing their way out of the theater.

Show dates at Wilkes-Barre Area High School (2021 Wolfpack Way, Plains) are Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 (cash only) on the day of the show.

Reestablished when Alice Y. Lyons took over the helm of advisor/director during the 2003-2004 school year, the Wolfpack Players Drama Club has blossomed into one of the best high school drama clubs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through extreme dedication and talent, the players put on three productions a year – two main stage musicals and a main stage play.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Wilkes-Barre’s James M. Coughlin High School, Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School, and GAR High School combined to form the Wolfpack Players.

For more information, contact Alice Lyons via email at or by phone at 570-826-7111, ext. 5201, and leave a message.

Cast list
Curly McLain: Nate Scullion
Laurey Williams: Abby Olander (Thursday/Saturday), Gracie J. Sinclair (Friday/Sunday)
Will Parker: Jesse Kosierowski
Ado Annie Carnes: Hannah Fox (Thursday/Saturday), Trinity Hull (Friday/Sunday)
Aunt Eller: Sarah Pugliese (Thursday/Saturday), Cora Vanderhoof (Friday/Sunday)
Jud Fry: Kaiden Harris
Ali Hakim: Isaiah Diaz
Judge Andrew Carnes: Michael Gooding
Gertie Cummings: Alivia Serkosky (Thursday/Saturday), Jenna Vincenti (Friday/Sunday)
Ike Skidmore: Cade Williams
Cord Elam/Ali Hakim understudy: Jason Berlew
Laurey’s dream ballet dancing double: Emma Christianson
Ellen: Kaylene Vasquez
Kate: Allison Lussi
Vivien: Makayla Kazoun
Virginia: Julia Litwin
Fred: Job Daniel Almonte
Slim: Lauren Martin
Joe: Mickey Durkin
Mike: Serenity Cruz

Ensemble of gals, cowboys, and farmers
Lanashia Blyther (featured dancer)
Emma Chirstianson (featured dancer)
Olivia Connell
Camila De Los Santos
Ijahnae Giddings (featured dancer)
Lily Grymko
Ian Haupt
Jillian Kita
Paola Lebron
Maria Lugo (featured dancer)
Donia Nazmy
Olivia Robatin (featured dancer)
Mayby Suero
Victoria White
Ellen “Duck” Wilkinson

Production staff
Director: Alice Y. Lyons
Musical Director: Joelle DeLuca
Choreographer: Jamie Burns
Assistant Director: Lou Lyons
Costumer: Lisa Yvonne Fink
Dance Captain: Emma Christianson
Assistant Dance Captain: Olivia Robatin