ACCS students prepare for performance of ‘Oklahoma’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 22, 2001

It took a while for Adams County Christian&160;School students to get used to the idea of a Western musical, drama director Deborah Hunt said. But after some three months of practice, seventh- to 12th-graders at Adams County Christian School will perform the musical &uot;Oklahoma&uot; this weekend.

&uot;They thought (a western musical) was just so strange but yeah they really like it,&uot; Hunt said.

A cast of about 25 students will perform in what is the second annual play performance for the school.

&uot;ACCS has never done plays in the past,&uot; Hunt said. The school performed its first play, &uot;Grease,&uot; last year.

Hunt said she thinks the students benefit from the teamwork involved.

&uot;It helps in (building) long-term relationships,&uot; she said.

The students began practicing &uot;Oklahoma&uot; Dec. 17, and &uot;they really enjoy it,&uot; Hunt said.

Hunt said she decided the school should perform &uot;Oklahoma&uot; because it had not been performed in Natchez for a long time.

Many of the students had never even heard of the popular Western musical, she said.

But Hunt said she thinks the public will be impressed with the students’ performances.

&uot;We’ve got a lot of really talented singers in this cast,&uot; she said. &uot;I think people will really be surprised.&uot;

The cast of characters includes:

Laurey Williams, played by Mandy Hunt.

Curley McClaine, played by Ryan McGaughey.

Aunt Eller, played by Holli Hankins.

Ado Annie, played by Lindsey Johnson.

Will Parker, played by Denton Devine.

Jud Frye, played by Justin Thornton.

The students will perform the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the ACCS gym. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit ACCS Athletic Boosters Club. Hunt says the money benefits the athletic club because it funds the approximately $800 needed to buy the rights to the play. &uot;And all of the cast are involved in sports in one way or another,&uot; Hunt said.