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Edmond Bradford Village residents turn to acting

Earnie Cornelius, as "Mr. Honeybun," will appear in "Broadway Hits: A Year in Revue." [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

Earnie Cornelius, as "Mr. Honeybun," will appear in "Broadway Hits: A Year in Revue." [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

EDMOND — The idea for a Broadway show came alive at Bradford Village Independent Living Community Center in Edmond when someone asked what happened to lovebirds Curly and Laurey after they got hitched in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma."

"Broadway Hits: A Year in Revue" continues the tale of the Oklahoma hero and heroine, said Caitlin Cairins, Bradford's resident program director.

"Curly and Laurey are on their honeymoon, but unfortunately, they've become hopelessly lost," Cairns said. "As they try to find their way back to Oklahoma, they run into a colorful and every-delightful cast of characters from all the classic Broadway hit musicals that we've been learning about this year."

Cairns promises laughs and songs as Curly and Laurey meet Henry Higgins, Adelaide, The Phantom, Rafiki, Maria and others.

Bradford Village and other Brookdale communities last year celebrated Broadway hits. Each month, they featured a Tony-Award musical and learned about musicals like "My Fair Lady," "Guys and Dolls" and "The Sound of Music."

Residents are the actors and actresses, and they also built the props, created the banners and came up with the costumes.

"All of the actors are residents" said Don Wiard, a resident and actor in the play. "Some people have canes, and others are in wheelchairs. It has been a lot of fun."

Bradford Village's presentation of "Broadway Hit: A Year in Revue" is at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Judd Theatre at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E Memorial Road. The show is sold out.

Tickets are still available for the 10 a.m. Jan. 28 final dress rehearsal. Tickets are $5 per person and can be obtained by calling 435-0936. Tickets will be sold until 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

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<p>Dot Every rehearses for Act One. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]</p>

Dot Every rehearses for Act One. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman]

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