Mercer University Opera starts new year on a high note with ‘Oklahoma!’


Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

The Mercer University Opera is set to perform “Oklahoma!” at the Grand Opera House this week, Jan. 21-23. Widely recognized as an “iconic American musical,” “Oklahoma!” is a production that details the story of a farm girl named Laurey who finds herself in a love triangle that raises tensions between her suitors and ends up involving the entire town. The musical will include a full orchestra and cast comprised of Mercer students, faculty and members of the community.

Martha Malone, director of Mercer University Opera, said she is “thrilled” to present this musical at the Grand Opera House, a location that hasn’t featured the production in 25 years.

“We hope everyone will turn out to start the new year with us in a celebration of song, dance and American-style optimism,” Malone said in a press release. “The audience will be swept along with the story and music and will leave the theatre whistling the title song.”

The musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 478-301-5470.