12 May 2013
with thanks to Josephine Crabb
am not sure that the audience knew quite what they were letting
themselves in for at the KaraOklahoma event led by the Maidenhead
Musical Comedy Society and presented by Barrie Scott.
with the scripts containing the words for all the songs in Oklahoma
the first hint that everyone would need to ‘sing for their
supper’ came from the MD Neil Matthews who announced there would
be a ‘workshop’ to practice the title song.
is where many of us came unstuck trying to spell out the word
‘Oklahoma’ letter for letter and sing at the same time!!
soon improved with a chorus of ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’
which we returned to from time to time during the evening to keep
our voices going.
pace started to pick up as confidence grew and by the time we got to
the ‘People will say we’re in love’ song sung by the
characters ‘Curly’ and ‘Laurey’
we were all giving the chorus serious volume.
Act II we knew what to expect and we sang along with all singers
‘the Farmer and the Cowman’ and ended with an almost perfect
‘O.K. L –A-H-O-M-A!
noise practically lifted the roof off Pinder Hall and we wanted to
start the evening all over again from the beginning.
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