Temple Theaters opens its 46th season with the first of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s many collaborations. If you’ve only seen the Oscar-winning 1955 film or a high school production — and who hasn’t? — director Peter Reynolds’ cast of 35 professionals and students on the spacious Tomlinson Theater stage with a full orchestra from Temple’s Boyer College of Music & Dance provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a full-out, first-rate production. The 1943 hit, based on the 1931 Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs, concerns the tumultuous romance of cowboy Curley (Garrick V. Morgan) and farm girl Laurie (Mary Guarnieri) back in 1906, when Oklahoma was a territory and farmers and ranchers were not friends. Oklahoma! features the songs “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and musical theater’s first dream ballet, created by Agnes de Mille and staged at Temple by choreographer Maggie Anderson.
Through Oct. 20, $10-$25, Tomlinson Theater, 1301 W. Norris St., 215-204-1122, templetheaters.ticketleap.com.