Oklahoma – Nov. 5, 6, 7, 2015


We hope you enjoyed our most recent production, the musical “Oklahoma!”.  Check  back soon for photos!  This is the first musical written by Rodgers & Hammerstein II which won them a special Pulitzer Prize in 1944.  This epic musical has a large cast with everything from lariat-twirling to a barn raising where the chorus sings and dances.  There is a dream ballet and many songs you will recognize like Oklahoma, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Surrey With The Fringe on Top, Kansas City and People Will Say We’re In Love, to name a few.  For our production, we welcome the return of Director Mark Hennessy and Choreographer Jason Celaya.  We also welcome Musical Director/Conductor George Welch.

Check out the 1999 revival version on YouTube, with Hugh Jackman.

PERFORMANCE DATES:  November 5, 6, & 7, 2015 – Pinedale High School Auditorium

**Date Night Child Care**
THANK YOU to Ms. Phyllis and PAC for providing this great service.


The Cast:
Andrew – Greg Allan
Townsgirl – Cassidy Bateman
Laurey – Kim Buchanan
Jud Fry – Shawn Buchanan
Kate – Kendra Cross
Joe – Matthew Daniels
Slim – Ian Douglas
Townsgirl – Bethany Essington
Mike – Wes Hathaway
Curly – Curt Haws
Will Parker – Gannett Loftus
Fred – Isaac Loftus
Aunt Eller – Lorie Loftus
Grandma Carnes – Ritamari Martin
Virginia – Lauren McKeever
Ado Annie – Taylor Ruckman
Gertie – Hayley Ruckman
Townsgirl – Preslie Ann Simkins
Ellen – Katie Smith
Ike Skidmore – Neil Stroklund
Vivian – Rebecca Stroklund
Ali Hakim – Adam Stucki
Cord Elam – Kelly Tegeler
Townswoman – Rachel Weksler
Townswoman – Michelle Helm

The Orchestra:
Conductor/Musical Director – George Welch
Pianist – Marianne Mrak
Violin/Viola – Chandra Stough
Violin – Erica Johannes

Percussion – Ryan Ptasnik, Jace Buchanan
Flute – Sue Holz
Tuba – Luke Myszewski
Trumpet – Justin Smith

Trumpet – Craig Sheppard
French Horns – Ann Stevens, Emily Anderson


Mark Hennessy, Director.  Mark was born and raised in the NYC metro area, trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and has worked on more than 150 theatrical productions as an actor, director, artistic director and producer in NY, LA, SF and Colorado. Directing credits include such musicals as Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain and Working, and plays ranging from Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor) to Shanley (Doubt). Mark is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and EQUITY.


Jason Celaya, Choreographer.  Jason received most of his training at Center Stage Performing Arts Studios in Utah and passionately studied all dance styles, from hip hop to jazz, to ballroom. His dancing has taken him all over the world, and most recently, he danced for Donny Osmond for his new music video, “Soldier of Love”. He danced in and choreographed music videos for the Pink Stilettos, Alex Boye, and Shaun Cannon. He danced professionally for 5 years with Origins Dance Company, and has collaborated with Odyssey Dance Theater, and even won a world ballroom dance title in Blackpool England.


George Welch, Musical Director.  George was the conductor of the nationally acclaimed Salt Lake Symphonic Choir for 31 years. With his fine tenor George sang in operas and musical productions including Madame Butterfly, Trial By Jury, Il Tabaro, Once Upon a Mattress, My Fair Lady, and The Music Man. He conducted the New America Symphony Orchestra at the Winter Olympics in 2002, was guest conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Symphony, Idaho Symphony, Berkley, CA, Symphony and British Columbia Symphony.

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