Oklahoma – Halifax Courier 2009
Halifax Courier Published Date: 15 October 2009
By Gordon Sampson
Brighouse Theatre Productions
Brighouse Civic Hall
For entertainment value you can’t beat shows like Oklahoma!, arguably Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best, produced in Brighouse by Ian Stead with Jon Wilby directing a quality band.
The cast responded in magnificent style with a superb colourful production – the first by the group for 18 months.
The principals were supported by a lively chorus, which only came up to full strength a few weeks ago after an appeal for more men.
The story is based around cowboy Curly, ably played by Martin Stead, and his romance with Laurey, a spark-ling Helen Wriggles-worth.
A sub plot has Ado Annie, an engaging Amy Roche, unable to make her mind up between handsome cowhand Will Parker (Stephen John) or wicked Persian pedlar Ali Hakim (Cevin Barker).
On the darker side, Gareth Jones is a menacing Jud Fry. Robert Longward brings his vast expertise to the role of rancher Andrew Carnes, Sheelagh Wood really gets into the part of farmer Aunt Eller and Gertie Cummings is played by Emily Bowers.
What a pity then that when the revamp was done at the civic hall the hard seats were not replaced by more comfortable ones.
The show is on until Saturday when there is also a matinee.