Oklahoma! actors in Barking raise money for tornado victims

PUBLISHED: 11:59 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:46 30 May 2013

The cast of Oklahoma!

The cast of Oklahoma!


Actors behind a production of Oklahoma! are raising cash for victims of the recent tornado which devastated the American state the show is set in.

Jo Tydeman as Laurey and Phil Cable as CurlyJo Tydeman as Laurey and Phil Cable as Curly

Barking Music and Drama (Barking MAD) wanted to do their bit to help after hearing about the hundreds of people who lost their homes after the tragedy on May 20.

The group, who perform their musical at the Kenneth More theatre in Ilford next week, are planning to run bucket collections in the Ilford Exchange shopping centre on Saturday and will also hold a raffle in aid of the survivors.

One of the actors, Daryl Kane, said: “We planned this show a while back, before the tornado struck, but when we heard what happened our hearts went out to the victims and we thought maybe we can help.

“We contacted the governor of Oklahoma state, Mary Fallin, and her office sent us a lovely thank you email and told us the money could go to their disaster fund.”

Daryl, who plays baddie Jud in the show, tweeted US singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth about their fundraising efforts. She re-tweeted the message and the group has since received numerous messages of support and thanks from people in Oklahoma and beyond.

“One of the songs in the show has the line “Oklahoma, where the winds come sweeping down the plains,” he added.

“Those words have become very poignant. When we sing them now it makes us think about what the people of Oklahoma have gone through.”

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which is set in 1906 and tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams, is at the Kenneth More from next Thursday (June 6) to Saturday.

To book tickets call the box office on 020 8553 4466. Tickets cost £14 (concessions £11).

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