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Review: A&M Consolidated's production makes 'Oklahoma!' one rousing treat

By JIM BUTLER

Eagle Staff Writer

Dean Attaway has gone from pancake blocks to pancake makeup.

A&M Consolidated’s all-Brazos Valley offensive guard gave an overpowering performance as Curly in Tiger Theatre’s wonderful production of Oklahoma! He dominated the stage with his presence, wowed the audience with his voice and never got out of character. His acting was superb from the moment he strolled on singing Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.

Appearing to have the most fun was Jordan York as the peddler Ali Hakim. His facial expressions, body language and overall energy stole every scene he was in.

Katie Cross was outstanding as Ado Annie with her powerful voice and delightful acting.

Naomi Johnson as Laurey, Matthew Kriger as Will Parker, Amanda Schuller as Aunt Eller and Brian Shane as Jud Fry were very strong. Johnson’s duet with Attaway on People Will Say We’re in Love was extremely well done. Another highlight was the scene in the smokehouse with Attaway and Shane.

Michael Green deserves special notice for stepping into the role of Andrew Carnes with only two rehearsals and delivering a flawless performance.

The orchestra accompaniment was beautiful and stayed right with the singers.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the high school auditorium. Advance tickets at the high school are $5 for students and $8 for nonstudents. At the door, tickets are $7 for students and $10 for nonstudents.

In Friday and Sunday shows, Aunt Eller will be played by Kinnie Eijsink, with Hillary Bundy as Laurey and Jennifer Lake as Ado Annie.

• Jim Butler’s e-mail address is jim.butler@theeagle.com.

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