Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
What is the name of the play Lynn Riggs wrote, which the musical Oklahoma! is based on?
True or False: Oscar Hammerstein II was a composer.
In what state did Oklahoma! originally open?
Fill in the blank: “Surrey with the ______________ on the top”
Ridge Bond, an Oklahoman, was in the musical on Broadway. What character did he play?
In what year did the movie version of Oklahoma! premiere?
What was the state song before it was changed to “Oklahoma!”?
True or False: The movie version of Oklahoma! was filmed in Oklahoma.
Fill in the blank: “Sit alone and talk and watch a ______________”
Which state representative wrote the bill to change the state song?
- Green Grow the Lilacs
- False. He was the lyricist.
- Curly McLain
- “Oklahoma—A Toast”
- False. It was filmed in Arizona.
- George Nigh
A Song for Oklahoma
George Nigh believed that “Oklahoma!” was the perfect song to capture the attitude and spirit of Oklahoma. Take a look at the lyrics to the state song below. Can you create new lyrics to the state song while keeping the same tune?
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
Makin’ lazy circles in the sky.
We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
Yeeow! Ayipioeeay! We’re only sayin’
You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma O.K.
Oklahoma! Your Way
Recast Oklahoma! with your own actors or singers. Place their pictures in the boxes to create a playbill.
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’
What is your idea of a perfect day in Oklahoma? Draw and explain! (Courtesy of TeachersPayTeachers.com.)