‘Oklahoma!’ auditions set for March 6-10

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

BARTLESVILLE — Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” is celebrating its 75th anniversary and Children’s Musical Theatre will be bringing this classic musical to life on stage at the Bartlesville Community Center this summer July 11-14. The musical is a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys and provides a colorful background for Curly, a handsome cowboy and Lori, a winsome farm girl to play out their love story. Their story and Oklahoma’s journey to statehood is a bumpy ride, but new life in a brand-new state provide a great story to see on stage.

Auditions for “Oklahoma!” will be March 6-10 at Madison Middle School, 5900 Baylor Dr., in Bartlesville. Appointments for auditions may be made online at www.cmtonstage.com (click on Oklahoma! Auditions link or by calling 918-336-0558). Students from the surrounding area that are ages 7-17 before Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to audition.

First round auditions are scheduled for March 6-8 with callbacks set for March 9 and 10. Audition participants should prepare a short song for first round. They should bring a CD, sheet music, their own accompanist, or mp3/phone to accompany them during their song. A pianist will be available at the auditions to accompany anyone who needs them, but students have to provide sheet music to the accompanist. During callbacks, participants will work with the choreographer to learn dance movements and they may also be asked to read from a script during the process.

Starting in June, the professional artistic staff hired for the show will train and direct a cast of 70-80 talented students from the surrounding area for five intensive weeks of rehearsals and performances in June and July.

The mission of Children’s Musical Theatre is “Enriching the lives of youth by providing quality musical theatre performance and educational opportunities.” This effort is made possible with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and many other corporate and individual donors.

An integral part of CMT and all productions are the board members, community volunteers, and parents of cast members. Volunteers are key players behind stage: making and/or fitting costumes, applying stage make-up, set construction, props management, set decoration, and helping run the show with the many backstage and onstage performance tasks.

For more information about CMT or auditions, visit the website at www.cmtonstage.com or call 918-336-0558.