posted on July 4th, 2019

Belfast Cast Set For The MAC with Musical Extravaganza of Oklahoma!


70 people from Belfast will take to the stage at The MAC this summer to perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s much-loved musical, Oklahoma!

Running from Wednesday 7th until Saturday 10thAugust, the production from Flax Trust Arts, in association with the Ardoyne and Marrowbone Community Festival, has been created from the heart of the North Belfast Community who have taken part to help build confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

Flax Trust Arts provides a hub for all types of artistic and creative expression through various projects and events throughout the year. The charity provides a platform for people of all ages and abilities to come together and develop their skills and experiences through music and song.

Megan Mooney, Artistic Director of Flax Trust Arts said: “We are excited to bring Oklahoma! to The MAC in August. Over 400 people auditioned and we have put together the most amazing cast, aged from 7 to 77, many of which have never been on stage before.

This follows the huge success of our musical last year, Oliver, and it is amazing to watch the personalities in the cast flourish as confidence develops, and skills grow. We’ve had cast members say that being part of our projects have helped to enhance their life.  One individual who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress said it gave him the confidence to leave his house. This is why we put on these productions, to help people in the local community and provide a platform to showcase their talent and enhance lives through the creative arts.”

Oklahoma! is set in farm country outside the town of Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1906, and tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie and the musical is full of family favourites show tunes like Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’, Kansas City, I Can’t Say No and more.

Tickets for this toe-tapping musical extravaganza are priced £5 and £10 and to book go to www.themaclive.com

Oklahoma! cast members Kyle Emerson, Angela McCrudden, Ryan McElhone, Dylan Nugent-Barnes, Catherine McCormick, Drew Reid and Megan Mooney.