Riverview HS and Newsome team up to present Oklahoma!

Published on: December 6, 2012

Director Daron Hawkins during rehearsal at Riverview High School on Saturday. Mitch Traphagen Photo

According to the Wall Street Journal, if ever a show has earned an exclamation point, it is Oklahoma! Opening on Dec. 13, Riverview High School and Newsome High School will team up to present the iconic production at the Riverview High School auditorium. The show will play Dec. 13, 14 and 15 and again on Dec. 20, 21, and 22.

The two schools have combined students from their theater and chorus departments to produce the Broadway sensation at RVHS. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the 20th century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!

The Newsome and Riverview high school presentation of Oklahoma! is directed by Daron Hawkins and Arron Washington with musical direction by Jeffry Bogue. Tickets are $10 general admission for all performances, with the box office opening at 6:45 p.m. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

Partial funding for the show comes from The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center “Hadley and Helen Hill Fund.”