Director - Barbara Worrall
Musical Director - Michael J Scott
Production Manager - Aaron Cawley
Choreographer - Jean Williams
Stage Management - Andy Murrell & Dave Mullen
Wardrobe - Valarie Ball & Andrea Jones
Promotion & Marketing - Roy Green & Tim Jones
Poster Design - Ian Han
Photography - Ian Han & Simon Taylor
Aunt Eller Murphy - Carmel Leather
Laurey Williams - Jennifer Ball
Curly - Michael Hetherington
Jud Fry - Stuart McNeil
Ado Annie - Kate Murrell
Will Parker - Tim Jones
Ali Hakim - Neil Silcock
Gertie Cummings - Diane Sissons
Andrew Carnes - Roy Youds
Ike Skidmore - Alan Jackson
Cord Elam - Roy Green
Slim - Aaron Cawley
Fred - Ted Owen
Joe Youds, Ron Murphy, Valentine Fitzgerald, Frank Birkenhead
Alison Ball, Andrea Jones, Alison Wheeler, Bredgeen Smyth, Eve Leather, Jacqui Jones, Jane Coulson, Kate Wurbacher, Lindsay Watkinson, Lorna Goldsmith, Mandy James, Sarah-Jane Hair, Susanna Henley, Valarie Ball, Vicki Patheyjohns, Vicky Jones, Wendy Murrell
Violins - Lynette Ketchell, Fran Galloway, Helen Charlesworth
Cello - Anna Jones
Flute - Jo Plura
Claranet - Daniella Clarke
Trumpet - Pete Moss
Drums - Steve Jones
Piano - Jonathan Clayton
Performed at the Brindley Arts Centre & Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire
on the 24th to 28th April 2007.
Music by Richard Rogers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Lynn Riggs "Green grow the Lilacs". Original dances by Agnes de Mille. Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger limited on behalf of R H Theatricals.
Directed by Barbara Worrall and Musical Direction by Michael J Scott
Oklahoma! - Audience Feedback
"To all involved with Oklahoma!. My friend and I attended the production last night (Friday) and came away with nothing but praise for you. We have attended many productions of the society and none can beat this one. It was excellent. Whether or not it was the fact that the performance was held at a better venue (I think not) or the cast just outshone themselves (more likely) it will remain as one of the best shows ever. I cannot wait for the tickets to go on sale for “Hot Mikado”. Good luck for to-night and ‘break a leg’."Fran Hall (Lymm)
"Even better than usual, if that is possible! Jean Williams excelled herself with her choreography on the larger stage. But why no November 2007 show?"
"What a great show. Well performed by everyone. Congratulations. What a pity we have to wait until next year to see you all again. Well done"
Jim & Sylvia Davies (Warrington)
"Many congratulations to the Zodiac on the outstanding performance of Oklahoma! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and were delighted to see how well your transfer to the Brindley had been achieved. Thank you so much for inviting us. The best of luck for your future productions"
Brenda and Graham Pearson (Runcorn).
"Please pass on our congratulations to everyone involved in Oklahoma, it was superb. I would especially like to say how impressed I was with the costumes this year. In all the 9 years I have been attending your shows I think this year's costumes were the best. Once again Congratulations and we look forward to the next show in 2008."
Mo & Rob Patheyjohns (Warrington)
"Once again excellent production on Friday. We had about about 7 other members in on Friday all of whom gave a glowing report, so please pass on our collective congratulations to all of the cast. A real crowd pleaser!"
Dan Grimes (Chairman - Centenary Theatre Company)
Oklahoma! - NODA review
For their first production at the Brindley Theatre at Runcorn, the Zodiacs chose a well known, tried and tested musical - and what a bright and breezy production it was.
There was a lively freshness from start to finish from the principals and the chorus alike and it was hard to believe that Oklahoma is now 64 years old.
Jennifer Ball and Michael Hetherington were ideally cast as Laurey and Curly, both bringing experience and superb vocal talents to sparkling solo's and duets in addition to taking their own respective parts in the dream ballet.
Carmel Leather gave a sterling performance as Aunt Eller, and Stuart McNeil, who also appeared in the dream ballet, brought a threatening presence and fine voice to the role of Jud Fry.
Light hearted relief was provided by Kate Murrell as Ado Annie Carnes with remarkable dead-pan humour from Neil Silcock in one of the best performances of Ali Hakim I have seen. The role of Will Parker was in the capable hands (and feet!) of Tim Jones, and Roy Youds completed the principal line-up with a trademark performance as Andrew Carnes.
Charades' costumes, Proscenium's scenery and Howorth Wrightson's props all added to the overall excellence of the production which was magnificently accompanied at a cracking pace by the orchestra consisting mainly of young students from the Lymm High School under the baton of NODA NW Award nominee Michael J Scott.
The high standard of the production bodes well for the future of the Zodiacs in their new location and I wish them well.
For me, a lasting, mind-boggling, memory of the show will be the double cartwheel across the stage performed by Valarie Ball, mother of Jennifer, during the 'Farmer and the Cowman' routine. Well done!