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Director Maye Hart will hold auditions for the The Pittsfield Players’ fall 2016 musical Oklahoma! on Sunday, August 21 and Monday, August 22, at 7 pm each evening at The Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St, Pittsfield, NH. All parts are open, no one is pre-cast, and we’re looking for an ensemble cast of kids, teens, and adults ages 8 to 80. There are 6 principal roles, 3 featured roles, and 11 smaller roles, in addition to the chorus.

The first collaboration of famed partners Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! set the American musical theatre standard. Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn-of-the-20th-Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!

Accompanist Phil Breton will be at the auditions, and he will have songs from the score. Maye would like to have those auditioning for the role of Curly to prepare either Oh, What A Beautiful Morning or Surrey With The Fringe On Top. Those auditioning for the role of Laurey should prepare Many A New Day or People Will Say We’re In Love. Auditioners for the role of Will Parker should prepare the song Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City, and auditioners for the role of Ado Annie should prepare I Can’t Say No. If you’re auditioning for the role of Jud Fry, please prepare either Poor Jud Is Dead or Lonely Room. Candidates for the role of Auntie Eller should be prepared to sing a portion of The Farmer and The Cowboy. If you’re not sure what role you’d like to audition for, or if you wish to only be in the chorus, please be prepared to sing a portion of the song Oklahoma! All those auditioning must sing something so that Maye can get an idea of your voice range. All auditioners for principle or featured roles will also be asked to read from the script, and everyone will be asked to perform some simple dance steps.

Roles available include Aunt Eller (principal), Curly(principle), Laurey (principle), Ike Skidmore (featured), Fred, Slim, Will Parker (principle), Jud Fry (principle), Ado Annie Carnes (principle), Ali Hakim (featured), Gertie Cummings (featured), Ellen, Kate, Sylvie, Armina, Aggie, Andrew Carnes (featured), Cord Elam (featured), Jess, Chalmers, Mike, Joe and Sam.

The show is directed by Maye Hart and choreographed by Dee Dee Pitcher. Jim Hart will be designing another wonderful set and furnishing the lighting design. If you’d like to help with set construction or other technical aspects of the show, but not perform, let Maye know.

Oklahoma! will run at The Scenic Theatre for two weekends on November 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. If you have any questions about the show or auditions, contact Maye Hart via email at


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