“Oklahoma!” comes to Northgate

Northgate Middle-High School will stage what has come to be called the All-American musical, "Oklahoma!" as this year's spring production, with a staff/senior citizen preview at 6 p.m. this evening, and with opening night Saturday, March 22. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, all with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time, and a children's show, which has "special" activities, beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. "This year's show has a special place in my heart," said director, Karen Klicker, who explained that several senior cast members were River City kids in her production of "Music Man" six years ago. "High school kids served as mentors to the younger performers and our elementary program is now in its sixth year. I am very appreciative that Northgate has supported this activity over the years." Audiences will have no problem getting a feel for the western setting, with stage effects that include hundreds of "high-as-an-elephant's-eye" cornstalks, a fringed surrey that magically transforms into a wagon, and a floor-to-ceiling windmill turning slowly, stage left. The children's pre-show includes games and an autograph session with cast members. "All adults attending this performance must be accompanied by a child!" Klicker said. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Pictured above from left are cast members: front -- Jacob DeWalt, Hannah Dunn, Sal Valeriano, Madison Conley, D.J. Powers; back -- Sam Sesti, Jessica Obriot, Thane Bonnett.