Visit Oklahoma! at CCC

by Press Release-CCC | Apr 24, 2005
Visit Oklahoma! at CCC For many theatergoers, experiencing the familiar sights and sounds of "Oklahoma!" is like reuniting with an old friend. For the leads in Camden County College's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning show, it has meant actually reuniting with an old friend.

Ted Wioncek, who stars as Curly, and Cara Horner, who stars as Laurey, grew up on the same block in Gloucester Township. They've known each other since age 3, when they began splashing around in his backyard pool. They previously performed together in Harmony Show Choir and a youth production of "West Side Story," both through Mainstage Center for the Arts.

Now 19, they are taking their time "at play" much more seriously. Both are working to expand previous experience - Horner debuted on Broadway as a child while Wioncek recently earned his first stage paychecks in Philadelphia - into professional performance careers.

Part of making that transition involves their theater, music and academic studies in the classrooms of Camden County College. Another part is keeping their skills sharp with roles in productions like "Oklahoma!"

This beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein creation combines song, dance and dialogue to tell an often comedic, sometimes dramatic and always musical tale that centers on a love triangle in the turn-of-the-century American West. Performances will be 8 p.m. April 29 and 30; 3 p.m. May 1; and 8 p.m. May 6 and 7. They will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre, which is located inside Lincoln Hall on the Blackwood Campus.

Tickets cost $6 for students, CCC staff and senior citizens and $10 for all others.

Sharing the spotlight with Wioncek and Horner will be Kelly Aulenbach of Bellmawr as Aunt Eller, Karl Babij of Pitman as Jud Fry, Justin Horn of Lindenwold as Will Parker, Alexandra Ford of Runnemede as Ado Annie, Ken Van Dyk of Williamstown as Carnes and Rich Curcio of Hammonton as Ali Hakim.

The 22-member cast also includes Dawn Bernardo of Glassboro, Stephanie Carter of Sicklerville, Tom Cartieri of Cherry Hill, Fil Coles of Voorhees, Travis Lawrence of Blackwood, Chris Liggins of Sicklerville, Frank Migliore of Stratford, Luis Oritz of Vineland, Shawn Rupp of Pine Hill and Lauren Zapata of Voorhees. Rounding out the ensemble are lead dancer Caitlin Catanella of Cherry Hill and supporting dancers Colleen Byrne of Sicklerville, Rachel Kramer of Cherry Hill and Rachel Zoll of Cherry Hill.

The director is Theater Department chair Marjorie Sokoloff of Pitman. The stage manager is student Kerrie Husband of Berlin.

For additional information, contact Sokoloff by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4737, or via e-mail at msokoloff@camdencc.edu.

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