West Linn High School Stages the Musical “Oklahoma”


Brittany Park

Amber Mitchell, junior, Ellie Jones, senior, and Sorren Carr, junior, were all leads in the schools play “Oklahoma.” “Oklahoma” details a love story between two characters.

This year, many people might recognize West Linn High School’s drama production, directed by Steven Beckingham, drama teacher. In fact, it might just make you scream, “Oh, Oklahoma!”

This is Beckingham’s first major production at WLHS. “I’ve directed ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Once Upon a Mattress’, – I’ve directed a lot of Shakespeare, – I’ve also directed a lot of one act plays in New York that haven’t been heard of,” Beckingham said. “I’ve still got a lot to do and learn.”

According to Beckingham, the play is a love story. It also gives the audience an idea of what the community and lives of people look like in 1908. “It’s essentially a love story between two characters and making judgments about another person,” Beckingham said.

Mary Gilmour, freshman, also plays a part in the production. “I’ve made lots of closer relationships,” Gilmour said. “Everyone is really close and we have to work as a team. Acting really benefits people and it’s even better that the production is relevant to present day life.”

“I do think people will enjoy Oklahoma very much, because we’ve got a lot of people onstage and I’m really finding the balance between comedic moments and dramatic moments. There’s great songs and great dances,” Beckingham said. “There’s pretty much everything you could want in a musical.”

Oklahoma will be open to viewers on the preview night, Nov. 6. The shows will be on Nov. 7-8 and 13-15. Tickets pre-ordered online are $7 per student and $10 for non-students. At the door, they are $9 per student and $12 for non-students.