PROGRAM

Oklahoma!

Sept 21st - Oct 1st

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards and rules of modern musical theatre. In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story. Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a Surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination and the promise of a new land.

Music By: Music by RICHARD RODGERS

Composer: Based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs

Lyrics by: Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II

Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille

OKLAHOMA! is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
All gunshots are sound effects. No firearms are discharged during the performance. Federal law prohibits recording of this performance of any kind.

CAST

Ensemble

Piers

Bateman

Although Piers “crossed the pond” fifty-nine years ago, he doubts that his accent has quite reached Texas yet, let alone Oklahoma. Happily retired, Piers and his wife Alethea are the proud parents of Giles Bateman and Laura Bateman Indergard, a former president of the WCT board of directors, and fond grandparents of Brooks (Les Miserables et al), Juliet (co-Laurey in Oklahoma!, et al) and Arabella (title role in Annie, Jr., et al). In retirement, Piers now serves on the WCT board and has appeared in several WCT productions, including The Addams Family, Sister Act, Shakespeare In Love, Wizard of Oz, Baskerville, Emma, and Mamma Mia. He is grateful to his brilliant fellow Oklahoma!-ans for their friendly tolerance of his aged Limey-ness.

Ensemble

Raina

Rodriguez

Raina is new to WCT, but is more than excited to be diving back into theatre, a life long passion of her’s. She hopes you enjoy this timeless story of fantasy and family.

Ensemble

Bethany

Markwardt

Bethany is thrilled to be acting in her first show with the civic theater. She has been a frequent WCT audience member for years and is excited to have the opportunity to join with the others on the stage. Bethany was in several musical productions in her time in high school and at Baylor University. She is also an elementary music teacher and middle school choir director, so singing is an important part of her life. Having the chance to sing and perform on stage again has been such a joy!

Ensemble

Robin

Larson

This is Robin’s first show with WCT. Her love for performing started as a child, singing “Little Mermaid” for her family. Robin is thrilled to be back doing what she loves with WCT.

Ensemble

Linda

Libert

Linda is delighted to participate in her first WCT production! Seemingly born without stage fright, she has been singing in church choirs since age 11 and is a teacher, private tutor, seminar speaker, corporate trainer, and freelance proofreader/editor. Linda’s outside activities include Waco Bicycle Club, camping, gardening, art, and gingerbread house design/construction.

Ensemble

Courtney

Binkley

Courtney is surprised but happy to find herself in this production of Oklahoma as the extent of her stage career does not extend past a karaoke bar! She spends her days homeschooling her four precious children, but when given the time, you will find her reading and drinking coffee on repeat. She is grateful to Waco Civic for taking a chance on her since singing and dancing is so fun—now she’ll see if it’s fun outside of her own living room!

Ensemble

Diamond

Wade-Akridge

Diamond is very thrilled to be doing their first show at WCT. Hailing from Nacogdoches, TX, they started acting in 2017 in Waco with the Jubilee Theatre, then began to appear in many productions with Wild Imaginings. When not performing or rehearsing they enjoy playing videogames with their partner or baking in the kitchen.

Joe

Karen

Savage

Karen is thrilled to be back on the WCT stage. She’s excited to perform in a beloved classic and to get to dust off her tap shoes. She was last seen in WCT’s recent production of Oklahoma. She would like to thank Melissa, Joy and Megan for this opportunity.

Cord Elam

David

Corkill

David is an author/composer and has been a theatre and music director for 11 years in Waco and Corpus Christi. David stepped off of the Waco Civic Theatre stage in Shrek the Musical in May 2015, and is very happy and relieved to be returning 8 and a half years later. Whilst in Corpus Christi, some of his favorite roles include Harry Bright in Mamma Mia, Zack in A Chorus Line, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mr. Boddy in Clue the Musical. However, his favorite show ever was the greatest show ever, the one that started it all: Les Miserables at the WCT in 2014.

Vivian

Rachel

Harsley

Rachel Harsley (Vivian/Ensemble) is thrilled to be in the cast of a WCT show again. Formerly serving as Waco Civic’s PR intern, she also choreographed Legally Blonde Jr. and played Lucy Grant in Bright Star. A recent graduate of Baylor University, she loves working at Four Columns Marketing as a communications specialist. She would like to thank her mom, Gage and everyone at Waco Civic for their love and support.

Andrew Carnes

Jeff

Milhoan

This will be Jeff’s second performance at WCT after previously performing in Oklahoma at WCT. Although still pretty new to the theater world, Jeff is learning alot from the awesome local talent at WCT. Jeff has the theater bug and is looking forward on continuing to be active in future productions at WCT.

Armina

Mary Beth

Talley

Mary Beth is thrilled to return to the Waco Civic stage in such an iconic role. Over the past two decades, she has been involved with the WCT either on-stage, backstage, or in the house. Previous on-stage roles include Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Blanche in Grease, Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man, and a variety of ensemble roles in R&H’s Cinderella, Oklahoma, Seussical, Once Upon a Mattress, and countless others. Off stage, she can be found attempting to help encourage her students to love books as much as she does (much to their chagrin) as a high school English teacher. She would like to thank the production staff for believing in her ability to bring life into Annie Wilkes! Also to Trey for patiently spending countless hours helping her learn all. the. lines.

Sylvie

Megan

Hart

Megan is thrilled to be making her WCT debut! She is a sophomore BFA Theatre Performance major at Baylor University and is from San Antonio, Texas. Her most recent credits include SpongeBob in The SpongeBob Musical, Horatio in Hamlet, and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Megan would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support throughout her artistic career.

Kate

Karen

Savage

Karen is thrilled to be back on the WCT stage. She’s excited to perform in a beloved classic and to get to dust off her tap shoes. She was last seen in WCT’s recent production of Oklahoma. She would like to thank Melissa, Joy and Megan for this opportunity.

Ellen

Cathy

Hawes

Cathy has performed in many shows at WCT and is excited to be appearing in Oklahoma! She has great memories of acting in this show back in 2013 so she thought she’d do it again. Break a leg everyone! Many thanks to cast, crew, family and friends.

Gertie Cummings

Jordan

Cheek

This is Jordan’s first show with WCT but definitely not her first rodeo. She’s been doing theater since she was 10 when she played The Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz and she’s never been the same since. When she’s not on stage, she enjoys playing piano, going on hikes, hanging out with her babies (both fur and human) and traveling.

Ali Hakim

Eduardo

Perez

Eduardo Perez has been active with the Waco Civic Theatre since 2022, and is always ready to step into another show! He is thankful for the community and opportunities he has found at The Civic.

Ado Annie Carnes (Cowmen)

Natalie

Richter

Natalie is a sophomore at Baylor University majoring in Theatre Performance. This is her first show at Waco Civic Theatre and is so excited to be in Oklahoma! She would like to thank her family for being insanely supported as they have flown across the country to see this production. She would also like to thank Eric, Joy, The Pedens, Hailey, and the rest of the cast and crew for making this the most amazing experience. Enjoy the show!

Ado Annie Carnes (Farmer)

Catherine

Osikowicz

Catherine is super excited to make her first appearance at WCT. Catherine is a sophomore performance major at Baylor University, but originally from Maryland. Catherine was most recently seen as “Paulette” in Legally Blonde! Catherine would love to thank Eric, Joy, Hailey, Kari, Lexie and Lauren for all their help and support.

Jud Fry

Jake

Busher

Jake is thrilled to be making his debut with Waco Civic Theatre! Credits include Barrett in TITANIC, Corny Collins in HAIRSPRAY, and The Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jake resides in Dallas as a young professional in the banking industry. Many thanks to the outstanding production team and to his family for their indelible support.

Will Parker (Cowmen)

Charlie

Buck

Charlie Is so pumped to be in another WCT Show. Charlie has been acting diligently for 8 years and has loved every second of it. Charlie has won many acting awards through One Act at his school, Live Oak Classical, and will hopefully continue on to Baylor!

Will Parker (Farmer)

Wyatt

Van Houten

Wyatt is absolutely loving his first time working with WCT, after hearing so many great things about the program he’s so excited to finally get this opportunity. He would like to thank his family for continuing to push him to be the best that he can be and his friends for supporting his passion.

Slim

Patty

Donaldson

Patty is excited to return to Waco Civic Theater as part of the Vocal Ensemble in another classic musical! Previously, she was involved in musical theater at the Lamplite Community Theater in Nacogdoches and with Angelina College’s Fine Arts Division in Lufkin. She enjoys working and singing with such a talented musical community!

Fred

Bart

Cox

Bart is proud to be a small part in this big show. Since 2019, Bart has been in over 6 shows for the Civic Theatre and has gained many friends and new family. Thanks to the cast and crew for their talent and work ethic. Thanks to Beverly Cox his wonderful mom and Chelsea Laine his amazing teen for their support and love.

Ike Skidmore (Cowmen)

Wyatt

Van Houten

Wyatt is absolutely loving his first time working with WCT, after hearing so many great things about the program he’s so excited to finally get this opportunity. He would like to thank his family for continuing to push him to be the best that he can be and his friends for supporting his passion.

Ike Skidmore (Farmer)

Noah

Marshall

Noah so thrilled to be in the Christmas show again this year. Noah is a Music Theatre Major at Temple College and hopes to pursue a career in technical theatre. He wants to thank his family, friends and professors for all of their support. Merry Christmas!

Laurey (Cowmen)

Juliet

Indergard

Juliet is excited to perform in her 13th show at Waco Civic Theatre. She is so thankful for the opportunity to be in White Christmas!. She can’t wait to perform in front of her friends and family. She thanks the cast and crew for an amazing show.

Laurey (Farmer)

Kasie

McAdam

Kasie was born and raised in Waco and is a fellow Baylor Bear. She loves her job as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serving families in the community through behavioral therapy. This is Kasie’s third show with WCT along with Cinderella and playing Laurey in Oklahoma.

Curley (Cowmen)

Isaac

Sutton

Isaac Sutton is so excited to be making his Waco Civic Theatre debut as Curly. Isaac is currently a Baylor University Theater Performance BFA student. You may have seen him recently in Baylor University’s production of “Amelie” as Dufayel, and he had a stint up in Palo Duro Canyon in TEXAS Outdoor Musical. Isaac would love to thank his brothers (Noah, Asa, and Jonah), as well as the rest of his family, and his friends for supporting him through this fun process.

Curley (Farmer)

Chris

Spendlove

Chris is excited to be back for his second show at WCT! When he’s not singing and dancing, he’s performing in the courtroom as an attorney for McLennan County. Some of his favorite prior roles include Joseph in Joseph/Dreamcoat, Enjolras in Les Miserables, and Curly in Oklahoma here at WCT. Chris would like to thank Melissa, Bryan, Megan, Joy, and the WCT crew for putting on this amazing show; Jorden and the kids for their unending love and support; and his family and friends for always being there for him. Merry Christmas!

Aunt Eller

Christina

Gibson

Chris is thrilled to be back on the WCT stage. She began acting at age 4 and has subsequently performed on stages in Colorado and Texas. Favorite roles include Anne (“Anne of Green Gables”), the Wicked Witch of the West (“Wizard of Oz”), and Baker’s Wife (“Into the Woods”). Chris gives a shout out to Brett and their three kids for giving her support and endless improv material.

CREW

Assistant Costume Designer

Vocal Director

Kari

Peden

Kari has been a beloved part of WCT for several years. With shows like “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Beauty and the Beast” to name, she is a wonderful addition to any stage. Not to mention she is a fantastic Music Director for WCT, as well!

Stage Manager

Joy

Marshall

Joy is thrilled the be music directing the ridiculously talented cast of White Christmas. She has performed in and worked behind the scenes in numerous productions at WCT. She wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Choreographer

Hailey

Miller

Hailey is a senior at Baylor University, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Theater. This is her first production with WCT, but she has loved creating the choreography and working with the team for this show. Hailey has a background in both dance and figure skating, but learning country dance has been new and so exciting. She is so thankful for Eric and WCT taking a chance on her, YeeHaw !!

BAND

Keys

R. Scott

Peden

A lifelong supporter of live theatre, Scott has been in numerous WCT productions including Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma, and Belle’s Father, Maurice, in The Beauty and the Beast. He played in the pit orchestra for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and many more. He has also designed sound for numerous WCT shows!

Guitar

Jonathan

Vela

Fiddle/Violin

Katie

Cox

Drums

Steve

Scheifley

Bassist

Mike

Donohue

Mike has played with many bands and many famous artists, shows and names you’d know.

Drums

Charles

Burleson

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