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Oklahoma! Web Series

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and No Rules Production Company have launched a new web series to coincide with the opening of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) all-school musical Oklahoma! The 8-episode series premiered Friday, April 1, on the UNCSA website,

The Oklahoma! web series features interviews with key UNCSA production team members involved in the re-staging of this classic show, along with Oklahoma! experts across the country. When Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943, it transformed musical theatre with its innovative integration of words, music, dance and design. UNCSA’s restaging will include the original Agnes de Mille choreography as re-created by Gemze de Lappe, a renowned dancer and teacher who performed in the original Broadway and touring productions of Oklahoma! and worked closely with de Mille for many years. In addition, UNCSA has extensively researched all aspects of the original production and will painstakingly recreate the original costumes and stage design.

The episodes will include a history of the original 1943 Broadway production, information on re-creating the original set design, choreography and music, as well as documentation of the rehearsal and production process on the UNCSA campus. 

The Episodes:

  1. The History of Oklahoma! / Why Oklahoma! (Posted April 1, 2011)
  2. Researching Oklahoma! (Posted April 5, 2011)
  3. Set Design (Posted April 8, 2011)
  4. Dance in Oklahoma! (Posted April 13, 2011)
  5. Costumes (Posted April 20, 2011)
  6. The Music of Oklahoma! (Posted June 6, 2011)
  7. The Rehearsal Process (Posted June 28, 2011)
  8. Tech / In Conclusion (Posted June 28, 2011)

Gemze de Lappe (center) works with Charles Osborne and Jennifer Webb on the choreography for "All Er Nuthin'."

UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri and School of Design and Production costume faculty member Christine Turbitt examine costume designs at an Oklahoma! production meeting in January 2011.

                                                                                                              Photos by Donald Dietz