Spring Musical Boasts a Foot-Stompin’ Good Time

Oklahoma!Grace University students are preparing for opening night of this year’s spring musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” The entire production took shape in just 20 days — from the first rehearsal to opening night Fri., Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

The musical is being directed and produced by the father-daughter team of Mackenzie Dehmer and Dr. Greg Zielke, director of the Grace University Music Department. Dr. Zielke also is the conductor and Artistic Director for the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.

Dehmer said she learned more from directing “Oklahoma!” than from any show in previous years. “To me, ‘Oklahoma!’ is about choosing to have hope and make the right decisions even when life is hard. It’s about choosing to enjoy the simple gifts God has given us: a beautiful sunrise or a moonlit night. It’s about choosing to get along with one another. It’s about choosing to be faithful and honorable. All of these choices make up who we are. We may not make the right choice the first time; many of these characters do not and they must learn lessons the hard way,” she said.

More than 75 students and community volunteers are involved in this year’s production. Performances are at the Suckau Chapel on the Grace University campus located at 840 Pine St. in Omaha on Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 30-31 are at 7 p.m. The show Jan. 25 is 6 p.m. and the Feb. 1 show is at 3 p.m.; doors open at 45 minutes prior to the show. Plenty of free parking is available.

Reserved tickets are $10, and general admission tickets are $5. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.graceuniversity.edu/musical. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.