Rodgers & Hammerstein Releases Special School Versions of Oklahoma! and Once Upon a Mattress

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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has released shortened versions of two classic musicals in its library, the team's own Oklahoma! and Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer's Once Upon a Mattress, specially designed to be presented at schools.

For R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers & Hammerstein, an Imagem Company, iTheatrics has created hour-long condensed versions of the musicals, which will use the titles Getting To Know...Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Getting To Know...Once Upon a Mattress.

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Other shows already available in the collection include "Getting to Know" versions of Cinderella, The Sound of Music, State Fair and The King and I. The firm iTheatrics has been collaborating with Rodgers & Hammerstein to completely re-imagine the entire "Getting To Know" collection, with more titles on the way.

Oklahoma! was Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical, the story of a farmgirl named Laurey who's not sure whether to attend the local picnic with a handsome cowboy or with a mysterious farmhand. Once Upon a Mattress turns the fairytale of "The Princess and the Pea" into a full-scale musical about gawky Princess Winifred who just wants to live "happily ever after."

All the music in the "Getting To Know You Collection" has been transposed into keys appropriate for young voices, and each title comes with accompanying show-specific resources, which make sure that educators of all levels may produce an engaging and successful theatre production with students. These resources include: recorded vocal and accompaniment tracks (no accompanist needed); a guide to staging and choreography DVD featuring numbers from the show fully presented by iTheatrics’ resident choreographer Steven G. Kennedy in collaboration with a student cast; a fully annotated production guide detailing the process of producing this show with young people on every budget and experience level; a music cue sheet; a props and costumes list; and a scene-by-scene set breakdown. Licensees will have immediate access to an instant digital download rehearsal ready pack, which includes audition-ready materials, the production guide and vocal tracks so that directors may get started on their productions prior to receiving their physical Production Pack.

Watch the promotional video for Getting To Know...Once Upon a Mattress:


Watch the promotional video for Getting To Know...Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!:

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