Oklahoma!, One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Best Musical Theater Collaborations

Central Florida Performing Arts’ (CFPA) a musical theater group for kids in Orlando, FL will perform the student adaptation of Oklahoma! in May 2011

Online PR News – 25-March-2011 – – [Orlando, FL] March 24, 2011 - Central Florida Performing Arts’ (CFPA) a musical theater group for kids in Orlando, FL will perform the student adaptation of Oklahoma! in May 2011, where the content has been edited to better suit younger performers, but still retains all the elements that make this show a classic!

Delisa Dean, director and owner of CFPA, for the past 13 years, and graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, had this to say about the G2K (“Getting to Know”) Oklahoma! musical adaption, for younger students, “Rogers & Hammerstein were the most successful team ever to write for the musical theater genre and Oklahoma! was considered one of their best and a milestone in the way that it told its story through drama, comedy, music and dance. This G2K version is a perfect way for our Star Kids group ages 4th grade and up to experience performing one of the greatest musical theater shows ever!”

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

Performances will be held at Skye’s the Limit Theater in Winter Park (2721 N. Forsyth Rd., Suite #410) on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Shows frequently sell out in this small black box theater, so reserve your tickets ahead of time by emailing cfpatheater@embarqmail.com.

Delisa a soprano for over 15 years with Disney’s Voices of Liberty (EPCOT Center in Orlando, FL) started CFPA in 1998 had this to say about her musical theater group for kids,

“CFPA is a non-auditioned group because we wanted to provide all children in the Orlando area an opportunity to grow and develop in the areas of singing, dancing, and acting while building confidence and self-esteem through performing. We have programs for ages 3 to teen.”

It seems the idea has been a success, the group has performed such musicals as The Music Man Jr., Annie Jr., Aladdin Jr., The King and I, Willy Wonka Jr., Seussical Jr., High School Musical Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr. and Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Delisa still performs herself and had a short part in the recent movie, Letters to God. She also sings with Re’Gen Again directed by the well-known arranger and producer Derric Johnson.

Summer Programs in 2011 will include camps for kids age 5 to 18. “We love summer camps because we get to spend several hours a day teaching the children the elements of musical theater, such as audition tips, improvisation games, singing and dance techniques all with the goal of putting on a show for families and friends at the end of the week,” says Delisa. “This year we will have several Disney professionals come to speak with the kids at each camp!”

Summer Camps for CFPA start June 13th and fill up fast.