Bring the sunshine of Oklahoma into your day without even leaving Brechin.
You’ll thoroughly enjoy Brechin Amateur Operatic Society’s production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.
Oh, What A Beautiful Morning opens the show, sung beautifully by Alan Matheson as Curly.
His gentle performance throughout shines and when he pairs up with Laurey, very attractively played by Kirsty MacLean, you’re inextricably drawn into their on off love affair.
A warm and natural portrayal of wise old Aunt Eller by Alison Niven sets the bar for those to come and we are not disappointed.
Soon we’re embroiled in another budding romance between Will Parker, played convincingly by Chris Taylor, and Ado, Annie delightfully handled by Gill Gerlings.
More humour follows, with Stephen Andrew as peddler and conman, Ali Hakim. Very entertaining, as is the braying Gertie Cummings (Teresa Warden).
But there’s no show without a good baddie and Graeme Baird as the nasty Jud is certainly that, bringing a chilling mood change to the show.
As overall producer, Graeme must also take a second well deserved bow.
Keith Cuthill as shotgun wielding Andrew Carnes is terrific.
Other farmers and cowmen who keep us entertained are Ike Skidmore (Bill Atkinson), Cord Elam (Steve Middleton) and Slim (Brian Mathieson).
And a big hand for all the other cowmen and dancing cowgirls, too.
Under the competent baton of Gordon Smith, the hard working chorus gives us some lovely melodies and harmonies to enjoy and there’s no shortage of lively dance numbers (look out for the Dream Ballet!) all choreographed by Samantha Dare.
With the backdrop of Mac Nicoll’s wonderful cloths, lights by Joe Hawke, colourful costumes by Helen Baird, Joyce Dougall, Lexie Guthrie, Sheena Weitzel, props by Brett Newsome and efficient set changes by Bruce Ritchie and his crew, the production is complete.
By the way, the last spectacular rousing chorus of Oklahoma will have you singing all the way home!
The show opened on Tuesday (yesterday) and runs through to Saturday in the City Hall.
Tickets are available from Gardners, High Street, Brechin.