'Best Musical' Award, Belfast Telegraph 1996

Grand Opera House, Belfast

Cork Opera House

Town Hall Theatre, Galway


CAST:                        PROFESSIONAL STAFF:  
Aunt Eller Tara Lynne O'Neill   Director/Designer Michael Poynor
Curly Glen Wallace   Musical Director Mark Dougherty
Narrator Colin Hand   Choreographer Martin Wong
Curly (dream) Jonjo O'Neill   Lighting Designers Michael Poynor
Laurey Karen Rush     Alastair Kerr
  Eimear Hughes   Sound Designer Patrick Dalgety
Laurey (dream) Deborah Maguire   Production Manager Marianne Crosslé
Ike Skidmore Greg McGeown   Aerobic Dance Instructor Martin Wong
Fred James Rafferty   Costume Designer Pat Musgrave
Slim Stephen Smyth   Voice Coach Debra Salem
Will Parker Emmanuel McStravick   Laban Movement Coach Anne-Marie Matthews
  Jonjo O'Neill   Wardrobe Mistress Pat Musgrave
Jud Fry David O'Toole   Master Carpenter Alastair Kerr
Ado Annie Donna Murdoch   Scenic Artists Stuart Marshall
  Rachel Murray   Mask Making Instructor Frank Quinn
Ali Hakim Chris Robinson   Fight Director Michael Poynor
The Preacher Paraic Duignan   Projection Designer Alastair Kerr
  Emmanuel McStravick   BAND:  
Gertie Cummings Susan McKeen   Keyboards/MD Mark Dougherty
Ellen Julie Alderdice   Trumpet/Flugel Horn Alisdair Wallace
Kate Lynne Truesdale   Guitars/Banjo Joe Quigley
Sylvie Sharon Clarke   Saxaphone/Clarinet Gerry Rice
Armina Roberta Wilson   Violin John Fitzpatrick
Aggie Natasha Deddis   Bass Rod Patterson
Eliza Seana Montgomery   Drums  Andrew Lavery
Annie Gillian O'Regan      
Andrew Carnes Paraic Duignan      
Cord Elam Stephen Mackey      
Jess Christopher Logan      
Joe Gerard McCarthy      
Stage Manager Stephen Maguire      
Tech SM Colin O'Hare      
DSM Clare Ewing      
ASM Emma Calvert      
  Wallace Aldridge      
  Clare Newman      
  Philip Walsh      

Those in bold italic type went on to pursue careers in the Performing Arts.


For my money the musical of the year was not the glamour of 'Evita' or the sugar and fizz of 'High Society' ... it was the Ulster Theatre Company's production of 'Oklahoma'.    This innovative production ... breathtaking moments.          


A stunning and mind bending production.  Moments of high theatre, drama, gripping set-edge excitement and sheer 'oomph' pleasure that many a fully professional company would envy.


Most exciting and vibrant interpretation of this grand old musical that I have ever seen.                               


As good as anything you might see in New York or London.


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