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The Suwannee High School Theater Department is slated to perform for their spring musical, a production of the timeless classic, “Oklahoma!”. Student performances are March 26 and 27 and community performances are March 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7. Students will be selling tickets in advance and they will be available at the door.
SHS drama teacher Emily Bass agrees “Oklahoma!” is a pretty hefty production for any theater group regardless of experience level.
“We picked it together last year,” said Bass. “We thought it was a good show for us because we have such a large senior class.”
Bass has 21 seniors graduating from the drama program this year and many of them were her first students as freshmen. She’s been teaching drama for four years at SHS.
“Lots of returning kids, but we also have a lot of new kids,” said Bass. “We have a lot of freshmen who came in.”
She said it’s a huge show and definitely the biggest one they’ve taken on so far.
“I’m excited,” said Bass. “I think it’s going to be a fun show. It’s different from anything we’ve done before.”
They also chose the musical for it’s large male cast which her theater department has.
“I think we have 35 cast members and about 15 crew, so there are 50 kids involved,” said Bass. “It’s a big show. Lots of dance and singing.”
In January, after returning from the winter break, they began four days a week rehearsals and realized with big productions comes different and often greater challenges.
“I think some of the challenges are working with such a large group just because we have such a small space,” said Bass. “With that number of kids and plus some of the technical issues has made it challenging.”