Pec Playhouse holds auditions for Oklahoma!

From press release

PECATONICA, Ill.—Pec Playhouse Theatre (PPT) will hold auditions for their summer musical Oklahoma! from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24, and 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27. All auditions will be at the theater, 314 Main St., Pecatonica, Ill.

Oklahoma! was the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns flirtatious Ado Annie and her long-suffering fiancé Will Parker.

Roles are available for men and women ages 15 and older. No roles have been pre-cast. Auditioners should be prepared to sing 16-32 measures of a song from the show. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to read an excerpt from the script with other auditioners. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you may be asked to perform a few dance steps the choreographer will teach you. Particularly, one male and one female intermediate level (or above) dancers are sought for the Dream Ballet. Numerous backstage positions are also available.

Oklahoma! was chosen in celebration of PPT’s 20th season. This show was the first musical performed in the theater’s current location during the summer of 1999. The production is directed by Amy TerHark, longtime PPT volunteer, and will be presented weekends July 16-Aug. 1. Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday evenings, with a few additional rehearsals Saturdays.

If you have questions or are unable to attend the published auditions, contact Amy TerHark at (815) 494-9706 or

From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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