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Oklahoma to take stage at FMHS

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Pictured (left to right) are: Dean Derebeew; Chandler Sinks, Curly; Caden Williams; Casey Kasal; Chad Sinks, Curly; Annie Sharp; Melanie Baxter; Simone Brazzini, Aunt Eller; and Bailee Goodman. (Photo by Abigail Templer)

The Flower Mound High School Performing Arts Department presents the classic musical “Oklahoma!” at the FMHS Jack and Donna Clark Auditorium, 3411 Peters Colony Road in Flower Mound.

The iconic musical, with book and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II and music composed by Richard Rodgers, is based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs.

Set in Oklahoma’s Western Indian Territory not long after the turn of the century, “Oklahoma!” is the story of two headstrong romantics—Curly and Laurey– and their bumpy journey to love.

“We hope to bring a slightly updated ‘Oklahoma!’ to our audiences,” said Scott Taylor, head of the FMHS Theatre Department. “Most productions focus entirely on the relationship between the leading man and woman. What we are hoping to show is the creation of a community. A group of forward thinking, yet different-thinking people coming together for the goodness of the new state of Oklahoma. I feel it is something being felt throughout our country today. And, so the themes of this show are still very relevant today.”

FMHS students in choir, orchestra, band and theater arts– as performers and backstage in such areas as costumes, props and technical areas like set design and building, lighting and sound– collaborate to mount the annual musical. There are more than 185 students in the cast and crew for “Oklahoma!”

Lead roles are played by Simone Brazzini as Aunt Eller, Chandler Sinks as Curly, Rachel Ditzig as Laurey, Chad Sinks as Will Parker, Matthew Spretz as Jud Fry, Bailee Goodman as Ado Annie, Taylor Egan as Ali Hakim and Emily Weems as Gertie Cummings.

Backstage crew members include: Lyzzie Andersen, stage manager; Abigail Templer and Alexis Wursten, assistant stage managers; and, Cameron Kimberlin, set design.

Performances run Jan. 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and January 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fmhstheatre.net. Tickets are all reserved and are $10, $15 and $20.

In-N-Out Burger will have a truck on campus starting at 5 p.m. for the Saturday show only.  Tickets for food must be purchased online when buying show tickets. Sale of meal tickets end on Jan. 24.

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