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The White Iris Light Opera Presents Oh, Kay!

Flyer with black background and gold text saying: "White Iris Light Opera of Meredith College Department of Music Presents George and Ira Gershwin's Oh, Kay! Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Woodhouse. Thursday, Aug 25, Friday, Aug 26, and Saturday, Aug 27 at 7 p.m. [in] Jones Auditorium."
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The White Iris Light Opera of the Meredith College Department of Music will present Oh, Kay!, a play with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. You can attend the musical from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.

Set in 1926, Oh, Kay! mocks the wealthy elite and humorously critiques the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the sale, transportation and possession of alcohol from 1919 to 1933, a period known as Prohibition. In keeping with the time and social commentary of the show, most cast members portray bootleggers. Oh Kay! also features songs like “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Maybe.”

At Meredith, the show is directed by Dr. Jim Waddelow and includes a cast of 24 former, current and future students of the school. These performers will be accompanied by an orchestra of 20 musicians. Dr. Waddelow reports that this Meredith College production will be the first performance of the play in the U.S. since the mid-1990s. The show is free and open to all members of the Meredith community, as well as the general public.

By Rebecca Simmons, Contributing Writer


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