YAOS Past Productions > Oklahoma - 2008
Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
Director - Ray Jeffery
Musical Director - Mark Tromans
Shown here is the feature page from the Western Gazette for the 21 February 2008 promoting YAOS's production of Oklahoma.
In their review of the show, the Gazette wrote: " Director Ray Jeffery has again managed to pick some great local talent and even members of the chorus worked well together and stood out with great stage presence ......
....... husband and wife team Marie and Paul Brolly as the leads of Laurey and Curly were convincing and a joy to watch. Marie has a very pretty voice and is a great actress and Paul the same they make for very easy and comfortable viewing.
The actor that stood out for me though, was Andrew Helson as Jud. He was fantastic and very believable as the hard farm hand who tried his best to get Laurey to be his girl, but failed. His voice was that of a West End star and his song Lonely Room was just perfect and well acted I can not help thinking he belongs to a bigger his performance is reason enough to catch this show.
....... there were also some fantastic group numbers. This is when the stage really does come to life because nobody does better big musical numbers than the operatic society. Every single member put 100 per cent effort into the song and dance numbers a particular highlight was Kansas City, performed by Will Parker, played by Michael Francis, and the cast,
A mention must also go to Vivienne Patterson who played Aunt Eller. Every single one of her lines was word perfect and understandable. Her Voice was also joy to listen to.
Under the direction of Mark Tromans, the society have put on a show to delight lovers of the musical theatre world."
PAUL BROLLY – CURLY This is Paul's 7th show with YAOS but he has been involved with local societies since 1983. His credits include; Bobby Childs (Crazy For You), Billy Crocker (Anything Goes), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Nanki Poo & Pooh Bah (The Hot Mikado), Douglas Moore (Meet Me In St Louis), Ben Stone (Follies), Tony (The Boyfriend), Billy (No No Nanette), Pat Denning & Andy Lee (42nd Street). He is honoured to have received the following awards/nominations: A Rose Bowl award for best musical actor The King (The King and I), The Somerset Fellowship of Drama best supporting actor nomination for Jigger Craigin (Carousel) and in YAOS's last show (The Pirates of Penzance Broadway Version) a best actor nomination from the Somerset Fellowship of Drama for his portrayal of The Pirate King.
MARIE BROLLY – LAUREY Marie has enjoyed a variety of roles in local societies. Particular favourites are Polly Baker (Crazy for You), Grace Farrell (Annie) and Mabel (Broadway Pirates of Penzance). She is very proud to have received nominations from the Somerset Fellowship of Drama for these roles and recently, a Highly Commended award for her portrayal of Carrie (Carousel). Another enjoyable role has been Anna (The King and I) which earned her a Rose Bowl nomination for best actress (Musical). Marie's other credits include; Yum Yum (Hot Mikado), Sally Durrant Plummer (Follies), Irene Malloy (Hello Dolly), Lucille (No No Nanette), Polly Browne (The Boyfriend), Rose (Meet Me In St Louis), Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes) & Anytime Annie (42nd Street).
VIVIENNE PATTERSON - AUNT ELLER Vivienne has appeared in several shows in the area since moving to Dorset from London in 1990. Having spent many years in the city acting and performing in a variety of productions she is glad that she chose to live in the South West. This is her sixth appearance with YAOS her last being in “Follies” when she played the part of Phyllis. Her debut with the company was as Elsa in “The Sound of Music”. This was followed by Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd) and Reno (Anything Goes). She has also worked with CUDOS and her most recent appearance was with Shogun Productions as Amy in Stephen Sondheim's “Putting it Together”. She regards Sondheim as the ultimate composer and lyricist and one of her favourite roles to date is that of Desiree in “A little Night Music”. She also greatly enjoys performing in old time music hall and is a member of “Vintage Varieties”. She is pleased to be working with YAOS again and delighted to play the part of Aunt Eller.
WENDY JEWITT - ADO ANNIE Wendy joined the Society at the age of 19 and has been very lucky to have played a number of minor and lead roles including Babe Williams in “The Pajama Game”, Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls”, Carrie in "Carousel", Maria in "The Sound of Music", Irene Molloy in "Hello Dolly” and Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady" (1990 Production). She was also thrilled to play the part again in the Society’s Production in 2004. Her most challenging role was playing Julie Jordan in “Carousel” which she enjoyed immensely. She is thrilled to be playing the comedy role of Ado Annie in "Oklahoma". She would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to her family and friends for all their help and support.
MICHAEL FRANCIS - WILL PARKER Michael has been performing as a DJ & Karaoke presenter locally in Somerset for the past nine years. Last year he was lucky enough to appear on ITVs "Grease is the Word” singing live. Since then he has had various other television appearances "X Factor", "Test the Nation” & “Eating the Enemy" which was filmed here in Yeovil. His first performance with YAOS was last October in “The Pirates of Penzance". Will Parker will be his first ever principal role in the Theatre. He would like to thank fellow cast & crew members who have helped him during rehearsals and shown the true spirit of what theatre is all a bout. He hopes you all enjoy this production "Oklahoma".
ANDREW HELSON - JUD FRY 2007 was a very busy year for Andrew with several performances with a variety of societies. Among the most noticeable Andrew played Buddy Fildler in Kassmatt's “City of Angels” and Mark Antony in Amateur Players of Sherborne's “Julius Caesar”. Other shows included “Dick Whittington” with YAPS, “Hello Dolly” with YAOS, “The Ghost Train” with CUDOS and “High School Musical” with Yeovil Youth Theatre for which he was also the Deputy Stage Manager. Since then Andrew’s involvement in theatre has moved behind scenes as a member of the stage crew in YAOS' Production of Pirates of Penzance and YAPS’ Sleeping Beauty. Andrew also wrote and directed the staff pantomime at the Gryphon School in Sherborne where he now works. Theatre time in 2008 is going to be limited as Andrew continues to retrain through the Open University whilst also returning the rugby field with Sherborne Rugby Club. This is Andrew's third production of “Oklahoma” having played Ike Skidmore with Godalming Theatre Group and Jud Fry with Yeovil Show Company. Andrew is delighted to have been given the chance to reprise one of his favourite roles of all time.
JON NEWMAN - ALI HAKIM This is Jon's fourth production with YAOS and he is glad to be back among old friends and new. He first appeared in the chorus of “Crazy for You" and later returned to play Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar" and then Freddie in “My Fair Lady” in which he was attempting to win Wendy's affection not get rid of it!! Jon is looking forward to playing All Hakim. After all, there is a little bit of the "cheeky chap" in all of us! So, from Persia with love, he hopes you thoroughly enjoy the show.