Oklahoma! Cowboy love story has timeless appeal

THE love story between cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams will be brought to life in Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society's performance of Oklahoma! this Friday.

Daniel Milne and Nadia Farran, both from Baulkham Hills, will perform the roles of cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Gertie Cummings in the musical classic.

Set in Oklahoma in 1906, the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical also follows the love triangle between salesman Ali Hakim, cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie.

Milne said Curly was "a fun character to play — and there is more to him than meets the eye".

He said the musical touched on universal themes of love and acceptance.

"The whole show sort of revolves around young love, but it is surprisingly funny," he said.

Farran's character Gertie is very fond of Curly.

"I think people will love the energy we bring to the stage and all the colour and fun of the show," she said. "It has big dance numbers and ensembles, too."

Director John Brown said the cast members were ready to "knock everybody's socks off" when they perform seven shows at the Redgum Centre in Wentworthville.

"It's a love story and about the triumph of good over evil," Brown said.

■ Tickets: Adults $30, concession $25. To book, go to hmds.org.au or call 0497 051 798. Of the profits, 10 per cent will go to the Red Cross.

■SEE THE SHOW: Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2pm; Friday, April 11 at 8pm; and Saturday, April 12 at 2pm and 8pm. Details: Redgum Centre, 2 Lane Street, Wentworthville.

■WIN TWO TICKETS: Be the first to email publicity.hmds@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Hills News theatre tickets’ from 9am on Thursday. Include your full name and  phone number

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