Oklahoma Jr. debuts tonight

Date:May 27, 2021 Ages: Price: Type: Location:

Provident Theater, a new community theater group, is putting on “Oklahoma Jr.,” the Roger and Hammerstein musical at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 27-29, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry.

Featuring a cast of 32 local youth and adults, “Oklahoma Jr.” is an author-approved condensed version of the timeless “Oklahoma,” the first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl.

The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together.

As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A – OKLAHOMA!

Directed by Kelly Collett, who directed Cheaper by the Dozen last year, Mathias Merril stars as Curley and Laurey is portrayed by Naomi Collett. Shirley Brooks is Aunt Eller, Muir Parsons plays Will, Darla Hyer is Ado Annie, Elizabeth Bourassa plays Gertie, Aidan Jacobson is the peddler and Eric Johnson plays Jud.

Other cast members include Sam Genys, Zane Owens, Jacob Genys, Jessica Collett, Abby Johnson, Hallie Galbraith, Emilie Bourassa, Talya Galbraith, Ryann Jacobson, Sydney Jacobson, June Marshall, John White, Max Hymas, Lincoln Hymas, Jaden Hyer, Esther Collett, Corina Johnson, Cheyanne Johnson, Sadie Newhouse, Violet Hyer, Mazie Hymas, Zamora Collett, Brenly Hymas and Hannah McLeish.

The play is choreographed by Jacqueline Schneider, Bethany Cavendar is costumer, Rachel Collett is on sound and Jenny Owens on lights, Ellora Caplinger is in charge backstage, Heather Malone is props master, Greg Collett handles the set and Esther Collett does hair and makeup.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors and are available at Bonners Books or at the door.