Alhambra & JSO’s Oklahoma

Rounding out the cast cowboys and cow girls were Sarah Altman, Erik Anthony DeCicco, Lindsay Keller, Kathy Knowles, Taylor Lee, Fonda Lorentz, Mark Mayfield, Bob Miller, Michelle Nugent Munley, Leelynn Osborn, Steve Osborn, Sue Rausch and Nicholas Sacks.

The full show was done with only 2 set pieces by designer David Dionne. Aunt Eller’s house and Jud Fry’s smoke house shed. It featured all the wonderful western attire we have come to associate with this musical, designed by Tony Triano and Earlye Rhodes. With the two set pieces on the far right and left of the stage, we were able to see not only the performers but all the orchestra and their instruments which made this a truly exceptional visual treat.

Fans of musical theatre and symphony patrons were able to experience a once in a lifetime performance of great voices blending with the rich music that only a symphony orchestra can provide, in a mesmerizing evening with one of the greatest musicals, Oklahoma!

2009/20l0 is the 60th season for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with a number of unique programs planned. You can view the entire season at Three upcoming events that caught my eye and certainly a good example of the imagination and diversity in its schedule are Chaplin at the Symphony on October 23,24, Woodstock’s Greatest Hits on January 30, 2010 and Cirque de la Symphonie next May 21 & 22.

Thank you Alhambra and Jacksonville Symphony for what will always be a truly memorable musical theatre experience, Yes; OK-LA-HO-MA was A OK!!!

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.