11:56am Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Curtain
Call By Karen Robson.
THE exuberant musical with the shade of darkness, the story
revolves around rivalry between cattlemen and farmers and
two suitors for the same farm girl Laurey.
Stage One’s production effectively captured the shifts
in tone from light to dark with sure footed confidence. The
increasingly nightmarish and sinister dream sequence at the
culmination of Act 1 had real force and the power to disconcert.
While the choreography was occasionally a little over fussy
when it counted the show delivered on perfectly formed, rumbustious
company numbers. The production was anchored by some impressive
From the very first notes of Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’
Matt Fisher (Curly) announced the arrival of a significant
stage presence and commanded proceedings for the rest of the
night. He was well matched by Ellie Jones as Laurey.
People Will Say We're In Love (With Stage One).
Here is the gist, a practical list of dont's for you...don't
praise my charm too much and don't laugh at my jokes too much....
It was Oh, such a beautiful morning, many
months ago I was woken out of my dreams by
Dave and Jacqui phoning to say that the next show would be
Oklahoma! and as I'm just a guy who cain't say no
- here I am!
Many a new day came and went and rehearsals
began; so rushing home from work in Surrey....
I got to Mayfield School on a Frid'y, by Sattid'y I'd learned
a thing or two,
For up to then I didn't have an idy, of what the modern show
was coming to!
I counted twenty teenagers talkin' mongst theirsel's,
Almost every time that I arrived,
Then I put my ear to my Samsung mobile phone,
And by now you'll realise: this is all contrived!
So show week has finally arrived, you've cut out the shenanigans
and by this time I've realised, that with you (Stage One)
it's all er nuthin' - you have to put your
all into the show thanlk goodness!
But It's a scandal! It's ann outrage! the
MD and the director still are friends, one
man likes to wave a stick, the other likes her tea and bic's,
but that's no reason why they can't be friends!
As the week progressed, the floor creaked, the pit
squeaked, every time that I stood up to give the
beat, but I managed to look oh so peaceful and serene,
I waved my arms around, and we made a fabulous sound, while
the action moved along fron scene to scene!
We've had a great week and when they said Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!
They're only saying you've done fine in Oklahoma,
Thank you for a great production.