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I just saw Oklahoma, and the actual characters were in the ballet. Like there was no "Dream Laurey" or "Dream Curly" or "Dream Jud." Laurey, Curly, Jud did the ballet themselves. How does everyone feel about that?

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I think it fits to the times today. I mean, back in 1940, directors didn't rely on the actor-singer-dancer nearly as much as they do today. I'm completely fine with the actors doing the dancing, the only problem is if you want a smooth transition from the ballet to the scene right before the curtain when Jud wakes Laurey up.

When I did it, we used dream characters. We had Dream Laurie first, with about 5 ensemble girls that played her friends and got her ready for the wedding. Then Dream Curly comes on with 5 of his ensemble guy friends, and they dance. Then Dream Jud comes, and eventually 5 ensemble girls come on as his "postcard girls" and they dance with Curly's friends. Then the knife fight and Curly's death. Then Jud attacks Laurey, just as real Jud wakes real Laurey up. They go off to the box social, as Curly walks on, spins his gun, and curtain.

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i'm_back wrote:
I just saw Oklahoma, and the actual characters were in the ballet. Like there was no "Dream Laurey" or "Dream Curly" or "Dream Jud." Laurey, Curly, Jud did the ballet themselves. How does everyone feel about that?


I saw a production like that too, where Jud, Laurie and Curly did their own dancing, and it worked wonderfully...it was one of things a critic touted as a bright spot in his review (he gave it a perfect rating of 4 stars, so he liked pretty much everything anyway, but the ballet was one of the specific things he pointed out.)

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