• Sweet Charity I'm a Brass Band
  • Carousel, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Chess the musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • Crazy for You musical
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie musical
  • Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim
  • Love Online the Musical
  • Sweeney Todd the musical
  • South Pacific musical
  • Beauty and the Beast the musical
  • Blitz the Lionel Bart musical
  • Strictly Musicals
  • The Sainsburys Singers has a full technical theatre crew and its own front of house volunteers
  • The ballet in Carousel the musical
  • The Sainsbury Singers performing Red Hot and Cole
  • Return to the Forbidden Planet

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Show history

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Pickwick

2002

  • Evita
  • The Pirates of Penzance

2001

  • Oklahoma!
  • Half a Sixpence

2000

  • Sweet Charity
  • The Merry Widow

1999

  • Iolanthe
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1998

  • Carousel
  • Mame

1997

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Me and My Girl

1996

  • My Fair Lady
  • Kiss Me, Kate

1995

  • Call Me Madam
  • The Gondoliers

1994

  • Pirating Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • South Pacific

1993

  • Ruddigore
  • Guys and Dolls

1992

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Calamity Jane

1991

  • The Grand Duke
  • Hello, Dolly!

1990

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Half a Sixpence

1989

  • The Mikado
  • Oklahoma!

1988

  • The Merry Widow
  • Show Boat

1987

  • Merrie England
  • Annie Get Your Gun

1986

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • South Pacific

1985

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Pajama Game

1984

  • Kiss Me, Kate
  • Carousel

1983

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1982

  • Half a Sixpence
  • Princess Ida

1981

  • Chu Chin Chow
  • La Belle Hélène

1980

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Cavalleria Rusticana

1979

  • The Merry Widow
  • The Zoo
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1978

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Oklahoma!

1977

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • The Gondoliers

1976

  • My Fair Lady
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Sorcerer

1975

  • La Vie Parisienne
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1974

  • Faust
  • Utopia (Limited)

1973

  • The Bartered
  • Bride Patience

1972

  • Carmen
  • The Mikado

1971

  • Tom Jones
  • Trial by Jury
  • HMS Pinafore

1970

  • La Belle Hélène
  • Iolanthe

1969

  • Die Fledermaus
  • The Gondoliers

1968

  • Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Princess Ida

1967

  • The Merry Widow
  • Cox and Box
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1966

  • The Vagabond King
  • Ruddigore

1965

  • Bless the Bride
  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1964

  • The Mikado
  • The New Moon

1963

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1962

  • Perchance to Dream
  • The Gondoliers

1961

  • The Rebel Maid
  • Martha

1960

  • Die Fledermaus
  • Iolanthe

1959

  • The Merry Widow
  • Patience

1958

  • White Horse Inn
  • The Duchess of Dantzig

1957

  • The Arcadians
  • The Gipsy Baron

1956

  • The Yeomen of the Guard
  • The Maid of the Mountains

1955

  • The Quaker Girl
  • Elijah

1954

  • Faust
  • A Country Girl

1953

  • The Belle of New York
  • The Mikado

1952

  • The Desert Song
  • Merrie England

1951

  • Monsieur Beaucaire

1950

  • The Bartered Bride

1949

  • The Gondoliers

1948

  • The Arcadians
  • Tom Jones

1947

  • Merrie England
  • Trial by Jury
  • The Pirates of Penzance

1946

  • The Yeomen of the Guard

1945

  • The Beggar's Opera
  • Iolanthe

1944

  • The Gondoliers
  • The Mikado

1943

  • HMS Pinafore

1942

  • Tales of Hoffman
  • Ladies of Cranford
  • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

1941

  • Plain Jane
  • The Policeman's Serenade
  • The Dear Departed

1939

  • HMS Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! the musical performed by Sainsbury SingersThe Sainsbury Singers presented Oklahoma! on 24-28 May 2011 at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading. It had previously performed this show in 1978, 1989 and 2001.

Oklahoma! was the first musical wriiten by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in  Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906 it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtacious fiancée, Ado Annie, a friend of Laurey's.

Cast

Principals (in order of appearance)
  • Aunt Eller Tricia Goodchild
  • Curly Sean Faulkner
  • Laurey Emma Reeves
  • Ike Skidmore Chris Goodchild
  • Slim Rob Latimer
  • Will Parker Paul Stoneley
  • Fred Brian Bretney
  • Jud Fry Stephen Cox
  • Ado Annie Carnes Louise Quelch
  • Ali Hakim Tom Fitzsimons
  • Gertie Cummings Catherine Hannan
  • Andrew Carnes Nigel Wilson
  • Cord Elam Michael Schult

Territory Folk

Sam Blake, Godfrey Chigona, Helen Cleeve, Lorraine Cox, Chris Faulkner, Lucy Hutson, Jenny Jackson, Abi Kirkwood, Hilary Latimer, Beth Newton, Emma Prince, Chris Reeves, Denise Schult, Michael Schult, Michael Stebbings, Chris Thomas, Jessamy Vincent, Lesley Vought, Katie Wise, Hannah Wyard

The Oklahoma! Band
  • Conductor / Keyboard 1 Ian Southgate
  • Keyboard 2 Jevan Johnson
  • Flute David Wirdnam
  • Clarinet Jo Paterson-Neild
  • Trumpet David Gray
  • Trombone Paul Dodge
  • Violincello Neil Charlton
  • Percussion Mike Creech

Behind The Scenes
  • Producer and choreographer Kim Antell
  • Musical Director Michael Stebbings and Fiona Wilson
  • Orchestra reduction Michael Stebbings
  • Assistant Choreographer Denise Schult
  • Fight Arranger Jonathon Shelley
  • Production Co-ordinator Nick Humby
  • Stage Manager John Simmonds
  • Deputy Stage Manager Nigel Antell
  • Assistant Stage Manager Ian Robertson
  • Stage Crew Joe Daniels, Joseph Daniels, James Humby, Nick Humby, John Radley and Keith Webb
  • Lighting Designer Kim Hollamby
  • Followspot operators Peter Harley and Rebecca Wyard
  • Sound Assistant Sally Ollerenshaw
  • Prompt Anne Lowder
  • Props Kathryn Harris
  • Wardrobe Mistresses Amanda Bretney and Valda Hull
  • Wardrobe assisted by Tricia Goodchild and Emma Reeves
  • Makeup Louise Marshall
  • Makeup Assistants Catherine Hannan and Kerry Woodley
  • Scenery Scenery and Property Hire 
  • Sound Equipment Wigwam Acoustics
  • Programme Design Jessamy Vincent
  • Programme with thanks to Michael Stebbings and the Publicity Team
  • Publicity Team Helen Cleeve, Emma Prince, Emma Reeves, Denise Schult and Jessamy Vincent
  • Webmasters Nigel Antell and Brian Bretney
  • Oklahoma! artwork Nigel Wilson
  • Into The Woods artwork Michael Stebbings and Jessamy Vincent
  • Printing Print Wise
  • Front of House Manager John Jones

Gallery

Oklahoma!Oklahoma! (368)

Reviews

Henley Standard

Oh what a lovely show

WITH all the cuts being experienced in the arts world one wonders how some theatres and societies survive. 

The Sainsbury Singers is now restricted to one performance a year at Reading’s Hexagon. Last week they put on one of the all-time favourites; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, a musical full of lovely tunes which also contains dark themes. 

Sainsbury Singers have a new musical directing team (Michael Stebbings and Fiona Wilson), a new producer (Kim Antell) and lots of new blood. It’s also interesting to see how this ‘family’ society has spawned new stars — Stephen Cox (Jud) takes over the part that his dad Peter played last time, and Sean Faulkner (Curly) follows in the traditions of his dad Chris. 

I’ve written before about the Hexagon being a difficult venue to play because of the sheer size of the stage and the difficult acoustics. Sadly the gremlins were at work on the first night and we lost some of the principals’ voices for a short period in the second half. 

The choreography was a little tame at times, although the fight scenes were well done and realistic. Memorable scenes? The most powerful was that set in the smoke house with Curly and Jud, particularly Jud’s Lonely Room which was sung with great force and passion by Stephen Cox. 

Louise Quelch gave a comic interpretation of Ado Annie and Tricia Goodchild made a great Aunt Eller. 

There aren’t too many choruses in Oklahoma but Oh What a Beautiful Morning, and Oklahoma are potential show stoppers. The Sainsbury Singers chorus proved that fundamentally they are an excellent singing group. 

John Evans