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Arts & Entertainment Star-studded production of ‘Oklahoma!’ headed to Franklin

Brad Thomason“Oklahoma!,” the first musical written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will soon envelope the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. An actor’s guild based in Atlanta, will present the musical under the direction of Broadway veteran, Robert Ray.

Six performances of this Broadway-scale production are scheduled; Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, and Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 29, and Friday, July 4, and Sunday, July 6, shows will begin at 4 p.m.

“Oklahoma!” tells the story of Curly McLain, a handsome, loveable, and bow-legged cowboy, and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. Curly must contend with an evil ranch hand and a travelling peddler for the heart of the woman he loves.

Curly will be played by television and film actor, Brad Thomason, who has been seen on TV shows such as “The Sopranos” and “Law and Order.” He also appeared in the hit film, “Remember the Titans.”

Camilla ZaepfelLaurey will be played by Camilla Zaepfel, who recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Boston Conservatory. She has worked at The Alliance, Lyric, and Legacy Theaters in Atlanta and also at the Highlands Playhouse. Many local talents will also be featured in this production of “Oklahoma!.” Several will sing in the chorus while others will serve as tech hands and stage crew.

“Oklahoma!” is famous for many reasons. Its writers, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, wrote the story while the country was in the middle of World War II. The duo wanted it to be a simple love story built around the lives of hardworking, early western settlers. Many popular musical hits such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and, of course, “Oklahoma,” accompany the story. Rogers and Hammerstein went on to write other classics such as “South Pacific,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” and “The Sound of Music.”

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call 866.273.4615.


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