It’s been 11 years since the school’s Department of Performing Arts performed a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, said Matt Byers, the show’s director and executive producer – and that also was “Oklahoma.” “Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals present such great music and dance and really memorable characters,” he said. “But the interesting conflicts, in this case, are the farmers at the turn of the century versus the ranchers and the cowboys, who are a little bit of the outlaws at the time. It was a very dynamic time in Oklahoma,” he said. “Oklahoma” tells the story, set in 1906, of cowboy Curly Claremore, his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams, and their interaction with threatening interloper Jud Fry, who works for Laurey and also loves her. The two-hour show will feature a cast of 106 students, a 30-piece orchestra directed by department chair Bert Ferntheil and a stage crew of 25. Auditions took place in November and rehearsals started in January. “We are very ready for opening night,” Byers said. “It’s been a great experience for the students, learning all about the Oklahoma territory. … It’s been quite a little social studies unit.” Senior Stuart Tseng, 17, plays Curly. He said as preparation for the musical they watched all the film versions of “Oklahoma.” “Curly is a really cool, sort of a charming character,” Tseng said. “In preparation for that I just thought to myself, `You’re cool, you’re charming, women dig you.’ So it’s kind of entering the stage … with that kind of mindset.” Laurey is played by Annelise McKendrick. The 17-year-old senior said Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals can be difficult because they have a history and so many people are familiar with them. “So a lot of people who come to the shows know what the show’s about,” she said, “and expect so much and have a lot of heart and feelings that go into the show.” Jeremy Evans plays Jud. He’s familiar with the 1954 film and Rod Stieger’s famous portrayal. “The man who played him in the movie, I feel he wasn’t, like, scary enough,” Evans said. “I wanted him to be a little bit more psycho. \ was very stoic, like the whole time. I wanted people to kind of go `Ugh!.”‘ Costumes were provided by Kathy Mushinskie, Ann Seitz and Annette Costantino. Michael Kidd is technical adviser, Darrell Clark technical director and Gail Clark choreographer. Tickets are priced at $20, $18 and $15. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Galleries: Temple City High School performs “Oklahoma” SAN GABRIEL – Memorable, hum-along tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin”‘ and “People Will Say We’re in Love” are among the many pleasures of seeing the Temple City High School production of “Oklahoma” at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. The school’s 41st annual musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, 320 S. Mission Dr.