CCM’s fall Mainstage production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! has earned four awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT). Diana Lala, the show’s choreographer, as well as three student performers — John Riddle, Julia Johanos and Eric Huffman — were recognized for their contributions to the show.
Riddle, a senior from Vermillion, Ohio, and Johanos, a senior from Louisville, Colo., earned awards for leading actor and actress in a musical, respectively, for their portrayals of the show’s romantic duo, Curly and Laurey. According to one LCT panelist, “All the ensemble were good, but I thought the leads … knocked this one out of the park with depth, musical talent and romantic chemistry.” Huffman, a senior from Lenexa, Kan., earned an award for featured actor in a musical for his role as cowboy Will Parker. He was singled out for being a “confident dancer, good singer and truly gifted actor.”
Diane Lala, who also directed the production, was recognized with an award for the show’s outstanding choreography. LCT panelists praised the quality and quantity of dancing (which was based on Agnes DeMille’s work for the original Broadway production in 1943) as well as its “flawless” execution.
Oklahoma!’s limited run closed on Nov. 20. Students from CCM’s Musical Theatre program can next be seen this Friday in the second annual Carol for a Cause benefit concert. Upcoming CCM events can be viewed at ccm.uc.edu.
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.