The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of 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 cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

source: Wikipedia

Oklahoma! (2007) Performances

Friday, May 4, 2007 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 5, 2007 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 6, 2007 @ 2:00pm

Edmund Keefe Auditorium (in Elm Street School)
117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH (map it)


Production Staff

  • Director Daniel Barth
  • Assistant Director Mary Ellen Stafford
  • Musical Director Peter Bonaccorsi
  • Choral Director Henry Kopczynskie
  • Choreographer Jessica Scalese
  • Producer Charles M. Emmons
  • Stage Manager Deb Ritrovato
  • Assistant Stage Manager Mary Ellen Stafford
  • Cast Coordinator Tom Ritrovato, Julie Vago
  • Fight Coordinator Robert Haas
  • Technical Director Dennis Schneider
  • Set Design Kathy Lovering
  • Lighting Design Craig Brennan
  • Sound Design Mike O'Keefe
  • Lead Costumers Kathy Goreham (Chair), Raelene Liljeberg (Mentor)
  • Costume Assistants Penny Tamulonis, Jan Christie, Elizabeth Strycharz
  • Makeup & Hair Catherine Andruskevich, Alene Bonner
  • Properties Gretchen Gray (lead), Liz Ierardi, Warren Tomasian
  • Set Construction Warren Tomasian, John McAllister, Larry Doiron, Mike Ryder, Dennis Schneider
  • Set Painting Kathy Lovering, Mike Ryder, Kathy Roy
  • Spot Light Operator John Franzini, Josh Friedman
  • Lighting Crew John Franzini, Rick Brooks, Josh Friedman, John McAllister, Steve Harper, Tom Ritrovato, Lanéa Ritrovato, Laura Franzini, Chris Franzini
  • Sound Crew Mike O'Keefe, Jr., Kevin Lawler, Alan Amaral
  • Stage Crew Barb Amaral, Josh Friedman, Christopher Franzini, Dana Barsoian, Kathy Lovering, Gretchen Gray, Kelly Dexter, John Hickey, Val Psoinos
  • Cast Photography Paul Sandler
  • Program Brian Mehlman (Chair)
  • Program Ad Coordinator Rachel Scott
  • Publicity Beverly Frasca (Chair), Kathy Lovering, Peggy Harris, Martha Daniels-Holland, Kerry Schneider, David Miller, Silvia Harper, Mike Ryder, Angela Connolly
  • Poster Design Brian Mehlman
  • Tickets Rich Glynn (Chair), Kerry Schneider, Dave Miller, John Liljeberg, Betty Badeau, Martha Daniels-Holland
  • Rehearsal Accompanist Henry Kopczynskie
  • Orchestra Coordinator Deb Walz
  • House Manager David Ducharme
  • Transportation Lou Duhamel
  • Permits Jim Maloney, Val Levesque
  • Rehearsal Refreshments Dan Pelletier
  • Subscriptions Kerry Schneider
  • Webmaster Jared Holland
  • Afterglow Denis Brunelle (Chair), Val Levesque, Charles M. Emmons, Glen Grimard
  • Audition Pianist John Carey, Heather MacRobie
  • Audition Board David Ducharme (Chair), Daniel Barth, Henry Kopczynskie, Peter Bonaccorsi, Jessica Scalese, Deb Ritrovato, Martha Daniels-Holland
  • Audition Helpers David Kasok, Tom Ritrovato, Chuck Emmons, Mary Ellen Stafford, Donna O'Bryant Metzger, Val Psoinos

Cast List

  • Curly McLain Michael Coppola
  • Laurey Williams Mandy O'Neil
  • Will Parker Thomas Caron
  • Ado Annie Carnes Rachel Scott
  • Aunt Eller Judi Mitchell
  • Jud Fry Tom Ritrovato
  • Ali Hakim Gary Vago
  • Dream Laurey Tina Cassidy
  • Gertie Cummings Rachel Cerullo
  • Cord Elam Rudy Borkowski
  • Andrew Carnes Allan Hunter
  • Ike Skidmore David Corliss
  • Slim Alan Witt
  • Territory Folks! (Ensemble)
  • John Barsoian
  • Mike Bradbury
  • Beth Fowler
  • Laura Franzini
  • Al Graceffa
  • Kenny Gray
  • Steve Harper
  • Elizabeth Hoermann
  • Alex MacIntyre
  • Melissa Morin
  • Ellie Morrill
  • Mallory Muller
  • Laura Patterson
  • Amanda Picardi
  • Mary Reilly
  • Lanéa Ritrovato
  • Emily Snodgrass
  • Jason Standley
  • Corey Sulzen
  • Katie Tocci
  • Julie Vago
  • Ryan Warren
  • Bruce Williams
  • Terry Zoda
  • Featured Dancers Laura Franzini & Lanéa Ritrovato


  • Violin: Alison Bailey, Tom Benson, Robert Tabachnikoff
  • Viola: Elana Tabachnikoff
  • Cello: Andrew Demeusy
  • Bass: Craig Fowler
  • Flute/Piccolo: Linda True
  • Clarinet: Suellen Davidson
  • French Horn: Tara Rousselle
  • Trumpet: Craig Neth, Deb Walz
  • Trombone: Michael Steadman
  • Percussion: John Taylor
  • Keyboard: Heather MacRobie
  • Conductor: Peter Bonaccorsi 

Directors Notes

I've often heard the debate: Are there any purely American art forms? Many would agree there are at least two: Jazz music being one and what we commonly refer to as Musical Theater being the other. Theater experts and historians will undoubtedly continue to debate but few would argue that the formula for the American Broadway Musical was perfected from the 1940s into the 1960s. Of all the many talents of that time, none were more accomplished than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Their body of work is rich with critical acclaim and roundly loved by generations of theater goers everywhere. The team created many historic shows and broke new artistic ground with their combined talents.

Oklahoma was the team's first collaboration and arguably their most important. Oklahoma opened on Broadway on March 31, 1943 and immediately redefined what musical theater would be for decades to come. The nation was coming out of the Great Depression and engaged in the Second World War. Most Broadway shows were effectively revues with well known singing stars. They were not stories of challenge and drama. Patrons of the theater wanted to escape the real world. They did not want to watch a story of struggle and risk. In his book Rodgers and Hammerstein, author Ethan Mordden writes; "By the rules of its day, Oklahoma was bizarre, but Oklahoma changed the rules. These (rules) now read one: Don't start with a star, start with a story. Two: Don't paste fun onto the show; find the fun within the action. Three: The songs and dances define the characters or further the action." Oklahoma interpreted ballet in a whole new way for a musical. It focused on acting as a key performance skill in staging a musical (not just song and dance). It ran for a then unprecedented 2,212 performances before closing in 1948. With all this, the show boasts some of the best known and most loved music in theater history. The show was a true artistic innovation and groundbreaking event in theater.

Oklahoma is truly a theatrical diamond. Like a precious keep sake or family tradition that is passed from one generation to the next generation. It is a story of simple people with simple goals. And though there is uncertainty and risk, a story of people willing to put aside their differences and gather together to form a community for their common good. They face the challenges together. And isn't that at the heart of what makes American and our people great?

This is my first project with Actorsingers. It has been my great fortune to work with this extremely talented cast, these highly professional co-directors and all the crew and resources of this accomplished and acclaimed organization. It has been a tremendous experience. Special thanks to my lovely wife Mary for helping me create the time to go play in the theater and my beautiful daughters Kate and Rachel who make being a dad one of the great joys in my life!

Now go find that cowboy or cowgirl inside you and enjoy the show!

Daniel Barth