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GTA brings a new interpretation to the classic 'Oklahoma'
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Paramours Laurey and Curly will play out their love story in the early 20th century West in “Oklahoma!” - photo by For Get Out

‘Oklahoma’

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-8 and Nov. 11-15 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 15

Where: Brenau University Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St.

Cost: $24 to $26 adults, $22 to 24 seniors and $14 to $16 students.

More info: 678-717-3624 or www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.

What’s more American than a cowboy fighting for the love of farm girl who is also sought after by an unsavory ranch hand? The answer lies in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s newest production.

“Oklahoma!” is scheduled to take over the mainstage from Nov. 4-15 with a live orchestra in tow next week at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre.

The musical centers on the love story between cowboy Curly and farmer girl Laurey, who are living at the turn of the 20th century. But Curly and Laurey don’t have an easy road to romance as hired ranch hand, Judd, also vies for Laurey’s affection.

Scenic designer Larry Cook said many consider “Oklahoma!” the “granddaddy of the American musical,” — because it was the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II — making it difficult to replicate in a new way. However, director and choreographer Barbara Hartwig believes a different cast brings a new interpretation to the old favorite.

“The cast is always different, so they naturally bring new things to the table and are the ones that help me to see the show in a new light,” she said in a press release.

GTA Marketing Manager Beth Kendall agrees.

“We think our audiences will be surprised by the depth of talent at GTA since we graduated a lot of musical talent last May, so we have all new faces in lead roles for Oklahoma!,” she said.

Actors and actresses have rehearsed more than 20 hours a week to prepare for the production, which is filled with singing as well as dancing. Hartwig said a 15-minute ballet dance is at the end of Act One, equaling a lot of physical stress on the actors.

Organizers hope the new actors will lure theater-goers. About 4,000 patrons are expected to watch the show.

Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-8 and Nov. 11-15 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 15 at 429 Academy St. A free opening night reception catered by Luna’s will follow the 7:30 p.m. performance Nov. 4.

A $10 preview show will be Nov. 3. For visually impaired patrons, the free audio description will be at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Tickets are $24 to $26 for adults, $22 to 24 for seniors and $14 to $16 for students. University of North Georgia and Brenau University faculty, staff and students must contact the box office for discounted tickets.

Groups of 12 or more may get a 20 percent discount by calling the box office; ADA seating is also available.

For tickets, visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org or call 678-717-3624.

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