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Members Of the cast of Oklahoma!, which opens Friday at Panola Playhouse, are (front row, left to right) Jordan Raney of Cascilla (Kate), Austin Means of Southaven (ensemble), Brynden Foster of Senatobia (ensemble), Brianna Patton of Senatobia (ensemble), Kenya Edwards of Sardis (ensemble), and Reagan Zizmann of Hernando (ensemble); (second row) Serenity Jones of Batesville (ensemble), Brittany Hill of Horn Lake (Gertie), Savannah Oglesby (Dream Laurey/ensemble), Missy Handwerker of Horn Lake (Aunt Eller), Lauren Fore of Senatobia (Laurey), Josh Reeves of Horn Lake (Curly), Myers Taylor of Batesville (Dream Curly/Fred), Erica Peninger of Hernando (ensemble), and Kathleen Myers of Hernando (ensemble); (third row) Heather Coggins of Batesville (ensemble), Anna Grace Marshall of Senatobia (ensemble), Shaquille Conrad of Como (Slim), David McNutt of Marks (Cord), Harry Snelling of Batesville (Judge Carnes), Ryan Marshall of Senatobia (Ike), Colby Ruth-Holden of Senatobia (ensemble), Sarah Green of Vicksburg (ensemble), and Misty Wright of Batesville (ensemble). Photo provided
Musical ‘Oklahoma!’ opens Friday at Panola Playhouse theater in Sardis

Panola Playhouse will present the musical Oklahoma! during the next two weekends.  Directed by Vic Henson of Sardis, Oklahoma! is set in the Indian territory at the turn of the century when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights.  

In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries,  one between a cowboy called Curley (Josh Reeves of Southaven) and a hired hand named Jud (Chad Martin of Senatobia), both in love with Laurey (Lauren Fore of Senatobia).

The second rivalry involves Ado Annie (Cassidy Porter of Senatobia), Will (Adam Hogue of Horn Lake), and Ali Hakim (Ian Johnstone of Olive Branch), a trio that will provide plenty of laughs.  

“The Oklahoma cast is extremely large with over 30 people,” director Vic Henson said.  “This could be the most talented cast we have had since I have been involved with Panola Playhouse the last 5 years.  All of the lead characters are veterans that have performed in college and many of the other community theatres in Mississippi.”

The music and lyrics have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and “Oklahoma!” and many more, making this a musical treat for all the family.

Oklahoma! runs June 10 - 12 and June 17 - 19.  Times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30.  Ticket prices are students $5, seniors $7, and adults $10.  Go to to reserve seats.

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