See Pictures and Watch the Performance of “Oklahoma!”

Over the weekend, family and friends were treated to two outstanding performances of Oklahoma!   Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, a spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. 

This is the 75th anniversary of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which has been performed around the world and at the St. James Theatre on Broadway over 2,000 times.  The Holy Family Academy performances directed by Drama Club Moderator Monica Hable as well as Dominique DeMark and Gabriel DeMark were a fitting tribute to this All-American favorite.

Oklahoma! cast and crew included nearly all of the Upper and Middle Academy students.  Seniors, Anthony Lopez, Ellie Maneely and Emma Wytko, and Juniors, Rachel DeMark, Evan Latham, Max Obernuefemann and Maria DeMark, were terrific in their leading and supporting roles.  A very honorable mention goes to Freshman Daniel Latham for his portrayal of the ever-popular Ali Hakim.

Holy Family emphasizes four areas of education: first and foremost our traditional Catholic religious tenets which are interwoven into academics, arts and athletics. The annual production of a drama or musical is a major part of the commitment to helping students explore their artistic creativity – whether as an actor, dancer, set designer or part of the costume and makeup team.  It is also another opportunity for the students to work in a team to foster their collaboration skills.

Many parents were surprised to see the hidden talents of their children.  One mom said “I didn’t know my daughter could sing so well!”.  Another dad commented that “I had a blast doing high school plays.  It’s more fun to watch your kids do it!”

Many thanks to the directors, cast, crew, Drama Club parents and Principal Graves for another terrific presentation.  O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A was definitely OK!

Photos courtesy Mrs. Mary Maneely