UMaine Students Reinvent Rodgers & Hammerstein 

John Krinjak

Last spring, UMaine Junior Ben McNaboe embarked on a daring musical adventure.

“When I first talked about it last spring, I thought everyone was going to look at me like I had four heads,” said McNaboe.

His idea was to combine all different Rodgers and Hammerstein music into one performance.

“I think in the beginning, we didn’t really know what this was going to be,” said soloist Hope Milne.

But over the past nine months, it all came together.

“Choosing the music was kind of easy because it’s such timeless music,” said McNaboe.

“What makes it unique is that it’s completely student run,” said Justin Zang, a soloist in the show.

“How do you not want to be a part of doing something as cool as the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein?” said soloist Ira Kramer.

This Friday is the big night–the group will be perfoming songs from “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma” and more.

“You really get the unity of the music–it all fits in together, which is really nice,” said Zang.

Even if you’re not a Rodgers and Hammerstein fan, chances are you’ll have a good time.

“It doesn’t matter if you like musicals or rap or country or whatever you like. There is something in here that you will fall in love with because it just connects with you on a different kind of level,” said Milne.

All the money raised will support the School of Performing Arts.

“With the money we raise, we can further our reach in the community and in the state and get out there to more schools and more communities and do more performances,” said McNaboe.

“Tickets are selling pretty well, so time for people to get their tickets before they get sold out,” said Elizabeth Downing, a faculty advisor.

The show will be held this Friday, January 17th at 7:30 at the University of Maine’s Hauck Auditorium.

Tickets are $12 for students, $22 for the general public.

You can buy tickets online at or call 381-1755.