7th - 14th May 1988
Photographs by John Tustin
Production Officials
Director Audrey H. McL. Raistrick
Musical Director Jessie Whittaker
Choreographer Glenys E. Collinson
Curly Mike Taylor
Laurey Fiona Steel
Aunt Eller Valerie Walmsley
Will Parker Graham Cohen
Ado Annie Irene Bowers
Jud Fry Maurice Windsor
Ali Hakim Ron Finney
Ike Skidmore Graham Yardley
Gertie Cummings Mary Pycroft
Andrew Carnes Keith Richardson
Cord Elam Alec Greaves
Slim Andrew Turton
Pigtails Aggie Dorothy Yardley
Ellen Gillian Pollitt
Kate Adrienne Wormald
Tom Donaghy, Adrian Pollitt, Alex Topp, Norman Bowers, Stan Collinson, Geoff Mann, David Witt, Jane Bickerstaffe, Claire Clarkson, Norma Dootson, Lucy Finney, Hazel Gray, Barbara Haslam, Doreen Healey, Jean Maden, Helen Popplewell, Tracey Rollinson, Margaret Steel, Christine Taylor, Jane Thornton, Betty Towler, Norma Wilcock, Elizabeth Williams, Janet Witt, Carole Brooks, Helen Clarkson, Barbara Martin, Dorothy Pitfield, Karen Walmsley, Kristina Welch, Ruth Wilcock
  • Jud and Curly "Por Jud Is Daid" Jud and Curly "Por Jud Is Daid"
  • Aunt Eller, Curly and Laurey Aunt Eller, Curly and Laurey
  • Aunt Eller and the men Aunt Eller and the men
  • Laurey and Ado Annie Laurey and Ado Annie
  • Aunt Eller, Ali Hakim and Ado Annie Aunt Eller, Ali Hakim and Ado Annie
  • "Many A New Day" "Many A New Day"
  • "It's A Scandal" "It's A Scandal"
  • Ellen, Laurey, Kate - "Out Of My Dreams" Ellen, Laurey, Kate - "Out Of My Dreams"
  • Curly, Laurey and the Company - "Oklahoma" Curly, Laurey and the Company - "Oklahoma"
  • Company Company
  • Company Company

Bolton Evening News Review
This is the golden jubilee year of Walmsley Church AODS and the event is being marked by a first class production of “Oklahoma”.

Some good things have been known to come out of the society in the past, but few would equal the enthusiasm and polish of this one, which is well paced, well sung and well directed – by Audrey Raistrick. It is not often in amateur companies one meets with such effective cohesion as this production displays – no sagging, no lack of impact, no musical hesitancy.

“Oklahoma” is an apt choice for a celebration since, by its very existence, it marks a turning point. The show made its first appearance at the end of a very drab war and at the end of an era which demanded the country house party, a few tennis rackets, French windows and a lot of tired comedy as necessary substitutes for wit. “Oklahoma” demonstrated an entirely new approach with smash hit number after smash hit number, conjured by Rodgers and Hammerstein out of a new vitality which was sweeping the musical world.

And it is still there as is demonstrated by the Walmsley production. Excellent performances come from Mike Taylor as Curly, Fiona Steel as Laurey, Valerie Walmsley as Aunt Eller, Maurice Windsor as Jud Fry, and Irene Bowers as Ado Annie, and Ron Finney, as Ali Hakim.

Charles Petry
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