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Musical "Oklahoma!" Opens at WIU Friday

April 8, 2014

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University's Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing "Oklahoma!" to the Hainline Theatre stage Friday - Saturday, April 11, 12 and Wednesday - Friday, April 16, 17, and 18. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Set in the Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful story line in which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, fall in love. Their romantic love story is a bumpy one, but nonetheless, they plan to make a new life together. And this brand new life will begin in a brand-new state, "Oklahoma!"

The production is directed by Rachel Chaves, with music by Richard Rodgers and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Tickets are $15 for the public; $13 for senior citizens and youth and free for WIU students with valid identification.

Below is a list of all cast and crew members by hometown:

Avon - Joe Fegan, junior, theatre/design/production
Bartlett - Megan Clark, senior, musical theatre
Bloomington - Kellie Nolan, freshman, musical theatre
Bowen - Whitney Willard, freshman, musical theatre
Cary - Jeremy Hall, junior, law enforcement and justice administration
Chicago -
60185 - Farrell Lewis, sophomore, pre-law enforcement
60654 - Justis Drakes, freshman, theatre
60660 - Jacquelyn Huber, junior, broadcasting
60628 - Kenya Bickham, sophomore, theatre/design/production
60615 - D'Nia Grffin, sophomore, family and consumer sciences
60634 - Stephanie Ricoy, junior, musical theatre
Decatur - Killian Patrick, freshman, theatre
Danville -David Wilkins, junior, graphic communication
Farmington - Chris Guidi, senior, theatre/dance
Franklin Park - David Heusel, freshman, biology
Fulton - Cole M. Rauch, junior, theatre
Geneseo - Bennett Johnson, junior, science-emergency management
Geneva - Jill Nigh, senior, musical theatre
Harvey - Anthony Boyd, graduate student, theatre/design
Homewood - Tyler Czarnecki, junior, physics
Huntley - Charlotte Wilson, senior, mathematics
Ingleside - Liliana Gomez, sophomore, pre-nursing
Kingston - Jimmy Capek, junior, musical theatre
Lakemoor - Kelsey Peters, senior, musical theatre
Macomb -
James Bleeker, senior, musical theatre
RaeEllen Roeder, graduate student, theatre/design
Zachary Bartz, senior, network technologies
Cyndi Lohrmann, graduate student, theatre/design
Moline - Autumn Loose, sophomore, musical theatre
Monmouth -
Zach Hunter, sophomore, theatre
Ashley Reyburn, sophomore, theatre
Naperville - Lucas Jaconis, freshman, theatre
Normal - Jason Coppenbarger, senior, musical theatre
Ottawa - Nick Walberg, freshman, theatre
Peoria - David Brown, senior, musical theatre
Pontiac - Sarah Bertram, sophomore, theatre
Rockford - Savannah Strandin, freshman, musical theatre
Roscoe - Kellie Raddatz, senior, family and consumer sciences
South Elgin - Brain Drews, sophomore, music education
Sterling - Sam Twining, senior, musical theatre
Taylor Ridge - Robert Duncalf, senior, theatre
Versailles - Tyler Herald, senior, production/design
Washington - Rebekah Dentino, sophomore, musical theatre
White Hall - Sarah Randall, senior, musical theatre
Woodstock - Astoncia Bhagat, freshman, musical theatre

- Alex Watson, junior, musical theatre
Clinton - Isaac Jankowski, senior, musical theatre
Des Moines - Emily Rhein, senior, musical theatre
Fort Madison - Ryan Hoppman, senior, musical theatre
Long Grove - Nate Curlott, senior, theatre

- Madelyn Lego, freshman, musical theatre

- Chris Tipp, graduate student, theatre (acting)
Kirksville - Ron Rybkowski, graduate student, theatre/design
Washington - Josh Carroll, graduate student, theatre (acting)
St. Peters - Jordan Wofford, senior, musical theatre

- Kaitlyn Polka, sophomore, musical theatre
Oconomowoc - Teddy Mueller, senior, musical theatre
Stoughton - Shannon Fields, sophomore, musical theatre

- Phil Uttech, graduate student, theatre/design

- Dallas Milholland, graduate student, theatre (acting)

CANADA: Ilana Solomon, graduate student, theatre

Directed by: Rachel Chaves, assistant professor, theatre/dance

Faculty and Graduate Assistants:

Technical Director - Dan Schmidt
Master Carptenter - Scott Bouillon
Costume Shop - Michelle Clow
Dance choreographers:
Heidi Clemmens, associate professor, theatre/dance
Laura Little, instructor, theatre/dance
Fight Choreographer:

DC Wright, associate professor, theatre/dance
Music conducted by: Matt Bean, professor, music

Posted By: Kolette Herndon (
Office of University Relations