Husband and wife in harmony for show
The Kings Lynn Players have welcomed married couple Ellie and Chris Hiam to the society for their latest musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which is being staged from November 14-17 at The Guildhall of St George (formerly King’s Lynn Arts Centre).
Ellie plays leading lady Laurey and Chris takes on the comic role of Persian pedlar man Ali Hakim.
Director Sharon Fox says: “It’s always great to bring new faces to the Kings Lynn Players and we have a long history of welcoming actors from other societies.
“Chris and Ellie have fitted into the group really well and rehearsals have been so much fun!”
Ellie added: “Chris and I met whilst studying at the University of Leicester in 2013. While I am classically trained and had been singing for several years, Chris’s previous experience was limited to singing in a local indie band.
“However, at a karaoke night out, I first heard Chris’s singing voice and swiftly dragged him into the University Chamber Choir, where we both enjoyed singing for the next five years.”
Chris continued: “During our time in the choir, Ellie and I were lucky enough to sing in several countries and many fantastic venues, including Berlin Cathedral.
“After marrying in 2017, we moved to Ellie’s home town of King’s Lynn. Our love of performing found a new outlet and we quickly got involved with local musical theatre.”
Oklahoma! is packed with iconic songs and show stopping dance numbers including The Farmer and The Cowman, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin, The Surrey with a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re In Love and It’s A Scandal.
Set in the Western Indian Territory at the beginning of the 20th century it tells the story of the high spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys.
Tickets for the show, priced at £15 each, are on sale now from the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864 or online https://www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/event/oklahoma/#tickets
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