TWO Kelmscott residents are bringing a little piece of Oklahoma to the hills.
Directors Paul Treasure and Bree Hartley are bringing the renowned Rogers and Hammerstein musical back to Roleystone Theatre for a 20th anniversary revival, after last being staged at the theatre in 1997.
The classic production revolves around a rivalry between farmers and cowboys in Native American territory in 1906, with love blooming between handsome cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams.
Ms Hartley is also the show’s musical director, and said Oklahoma! at Roleystone in 1997 was her very first theatre production.
“It sparked an enduring love and commitment to Roleystone Theatre that has endured throughout the years,” Ms Hartley said.
“I was blessed to have such a fantastic first show – it lit a fire in me that has never been extinguished.”
Mr Treasure said he loved the golden age of Broadway, an era epitomised by the likes of Oklahoma! and Fiddler on the Roof.
“I think there’s a reason some of these shows have lasted as long as they have and continue to be so popular,” Mr Treasure said.
Ms Hartley said the biggest challenge of the production was keeping the show relevant for a modern audience.
“Like any good show there are many, many layers to it and it can be done and interpreted a number of different ways.”
Oklahoma! takes to the stage at Roleystone Theatre on May 5, with 8pm shows on May 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20. There are 2pm matinees on May 14 and 20.
Tickets are $25 and $20 concession, and can be booked on 9490 9306 or at roleystonetheatre.com.au.