IV Choral Performs “Oklahoma” Chuck Wagon Dinner Show

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Members of the Imperial Valley Choral Society perform "Oklahoma!"
Members of the Imperial Valley Choral Society perform “Oklahoma!”

IMPERIAL – Pioneers Museum hosted a Chuck Wagon Dinner Show May 15, where the Imperial Valley Choral Society transported their guests back in time to 1906 with their classical rendition of the play “Oklahoma!”

The play is set in the Oklahoma territory of Claremore and tells the story of a cowboy, Curly McLain, played by Ron Griffin, and his romance with a farm girl, Laurie Williams, played by Susan Hawk.

During the play, guests were served a hardy feast of old school chuck wagon barbecue to add to the festivities of the evening.

Ron Griffin (Curly McLain) opened the performance with a elegant rendition of the classic song “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to set the tone for the rest of the play.

The Music Man Quartet that consists of Ben Brock, Mike Cox, Johnathan Pendley, and Daniel Walker displayed their humor and talent with the song “Its You.” Following the Quartet’s acts, the Walker family took the stage to perform their classic folk music with violinists Emma, Clair, and Grace Walker as they gracefully played the strings of their violins.

Following up the performances was a silent action of two baskets of homemade goods including bread, jams, wine, and cookies for a fundraiser that went towards the Imperial Valley Choral Society for upcoming events. Guest displayed their support by paying $250 for one basket and $200 for the other. The funds will help support the Imperial Valley Choral for other upcoming events they will host throughout the year such as the Cattle Call Concert and Christmas Festival of Song.

To end the night, Susan Hawk and Bill Gay performed the final act of the love story of Curly McLain and Laurie Williams that was followed up by the grand finale of the night with all members of the society singing along with the audience to the closing number, “Oklahoma” that summed up the entire way of life in 1906 Oklahoma.

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