The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club this weekend will stage three performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "Oklahoma!"

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m Friday, April 29, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Shows will be in the Ludloew auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road.

Set in the the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the 20th century, the story is about the bumpy road young love often travels and the colorful complications caused by rivalry between the area's farmers and cattlemen.

The main love story involves a cowboy, Curley McLain, and a farm girl, Laurey Williams. A secondary romance involves cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee Ado Annie, Laurey's friend.

The original stage show opened on Broadway in 1943, and an Academy Award-winning film adaptation was released in 1955.

Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs in the musical include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're in Love," "All `er Nuthin'," and "Oklahoma!"

In Ludlowe's performance, the first act ends with the Dream Ballet, choreographed by Ludlowe alumna Simone DePaolo. In the jubilant finale, love triumphs and a new state is born.

Steve Autore and Allison Benko play Curly and Laurey, who struggling against the menacing Jud Fry, performed by Terence Edwards.

Will and Ado Annie are played by Matt Zilinyi and Cassie Carroll. Other key characters include Laurey's Aunt Eller, played by Heather Haye and traveling peddler Ali Hakim, played by Amir Naeem.

The show includes a full orchestra directed by Nick Albano.

Overseeing the production are artistic director Frances R. Kondziela, music director Kevin Cotellese, set director Roger Mudre, costume coordinator Sonia Otharsson and sound director: Sam Eckhardt.

Tickets are $8 and may be reserved by calling 203-255-7201 or 203-255-7240. Reservations also are available by emailing fkondziela@fairfield.k12.ct.us