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NCHS production of classic ‘Oklahoma!’ premieres (Gallery)

NCHS theatre members perform "Oklahoma!" during dress rehearsal on Tuesday, March 14, 2019, at NCHS. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The first performance of the Natrona County High School theatre group’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic “Oklahoma!” premiered Thursday, March 14, at NCHS.

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of “Oklahoma!”, which premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943 and was an instant box office smash.

The play inspired a 1955 widescreen film, and the original cast recording of 1943 was the first of its kind and is still in print today.

“This is the show that created the modern musical by integrating scenes, songs, and dances into a unified whole. The songs reveal character and story rather than just being a nice break for pretty music,” said show director Zachary Schneider in a press release earlier this month.

The students will put on six performances of the show. There will be 7 p.m. performances March 14-16 and 21-22. The last show will be at 2 p.m. March 23 in NCHS’s John F. Welsh Auditorium.

Tickets for the show are $10. They are available at the NCHS Main Office or at the event’s online box office. They will also be available at the door.

The following gallery shows a dress rehearsal from Tuesday afternoon from behind and in front of the stage.

Photos by Dan Cepeda, Oil City

Oil City News reporter Brendan LaChance contributed to this story.