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DPRCA's Oklahoma opens July 10


July 1, 2019

 The cast of DPRCA's Oklahoma!, from left to right––back row: Tessa Hartl, Sandy Pifer, Pieter Louters, Micah Nicolai, Elijah O'Sullivan, Elliott Schwab, Nikki Braaten, Jacee Engels; front row: Taylor Jung, Hunter Carpenter, Hallie Brown, Jared Hartl, Kellie Nolan; Not pictured: Veronica Lee Folkedahl, Dylan Merritt, Logan Munson

DPRCA's Artistic Director Elliott Schwab is getting good at updating classics. Of course, we're not talking about cars, hairstyles or tunes. In this case it's musical theatre, and specifically Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical "Oklahoma!"

Many of us know the basic storyline. The musical tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and farmhand Jud Fry. It's a classic love story with an incredibly human dark side.

However, in DPRCA's version, it's not 1906, and Oklahoma is already a state; instead, the characters expe...

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