Sunday, December 9, 2018

AT 2:00 P.M. AND 5:30 P.M.

Friday, December 7, 2018


University Theatre Cancels Saturday Performance of A Christmas Carol --
Exchange tickets for tonight's performance

OU University Theatre has cancelled the Saturday, Dec. 8 performance of A Christmas Carol out of an abundance of caution, given the current winter storm forecast. Saturday ticket holders may call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 to exchange their tickets for the 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 performance.
For accommodations, please call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Sunday, December 9th
At 5:00 I will be part of a special Advent Compline at Saint Paul's - the music will be stunning, and the service very moving. Then Louise & I will head over to the Blue Door for the Famous Woody Guthrie Tribute show. Always an amazing night!

Saint Paul's is at 127 NW 7th Street. More information on the Blue Door here.

Tuesday, December 11th: The Rocky Road
We are teaming up with Robert Williams for a show at the wonderful and welcoming
Rocky Road in Okemah. Host Melissa Embree will start things off at 7:00, and an open stage follows after our set. 118 S 2nd Street, 74859.
Friday, December 14th: The Depot for Friday Art Walk
We'll play the Holiday Tunes from 7:00 to 9:00! 200 S Jones Street in Norman. Ho Ho Ho!
Saturday, December 22nd: Christmas Cheer at The Lobby!
Join us in our favorite neighborhood hang for Christmas Tunes and Adult Beverages
and Great Food! 8:30 to 10:30.
And in the New Year...
First, Full Circle on Saturday, January 5th

Bohemian Night at First Unitarian on Saturday, January 19th.

UCO on Saturday, January 26th.
Hoping for you... find much joy in the Holiday Season, and a Peaceful and Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

hiphop nutcracker

RACE Dance Company mentors over 100 students from dance programs in eight Oklahoma City Public Schools for the seventh annual production of the Hip Hop Nutcracker (HHN). Show performances are set for 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th and 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center located at 7777 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City.

Students involved in dance programs at Southeast High School, Douglass High School, John Marshall High School, Northwest Classen High School, Capitol Hill High School, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School, Classen SAS, and U.S. Grant High School will perform in the show. RACE Dance members mentor the kids once-to-twice a week leading up to the show from September.

“We go to teach them the choreography and fundamentals of hip-hop, but we leave knowing we’ve impacted these kids way beyond the dance floor,” Hui Cha Poos, Artistic Director for RACE Dance Company. “For many of these kids, this is life changing – being able to perform in a professional setting is something they never dreamt would be possible.”

Poos says HHN also advances RACE's mission to bring social awareness and change through dance performances and education.

“We bring kids together from different schools and different backgrounds in a non-competitive environment where it’s all about collaboration and inclusion. The result is truly magical – not just for the kids, the audience can see and feel it throughout the performance,” said Poos.

Set to high-energy music, and contemporary, hip hop and jazz moves, HHN tells the story of a young man, who searches for something missing from his life, only to discover that "it”, exists within himself. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $20 online at or $25 at the door.

For more information about HHN, visit:

RACE Dance Company is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as an acronym for Radical Application of Creative Energy. RACE was founded and is directed by Hui Cha Poos, a faculty member at University of Central Oklahoma and world- renowned dancer and choreographer. Hui (pronounced “he”) recognized the lack of opportunity for professional dancers in Oklahoma City and similar sized cities in the US and sought to change this disparity in the hopes of cultivating professional dancers in her hometown. Now RACE is entering its 11th season and is still committed to bringing about social change and awareness through dance performances and dance education.
Each year, RACE presents 3-4 full length performances in Oklahoma. RACEy is a club-inspired show performed each fall that is meant to celebrate body confidence through hip hop and burlesque movement. Each December, the crowd favorite The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives students from more than 8 Oklahoma City Public Schools an opportunity to perform alongside the company in a fun, magical reimagining of the ballet classic with a message of self-acceptance and community. In July, RACE will offer a full-length concert work featuring hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dance. Last year, the 10th Anniversary Performance showcased over 20 of their favorite works from the past 10 years. This included pieces from many world-renowned choreographers including Jeremy Duvall, Eric Harleston, Adam Parson, Malaya, Christina Woodard, Missy Dray and more as well as a special appearance by RACE alumni dancers.
For more information visit or follow RACE on Instagram (@RaceDanceCompany) and Facebook (@RaceDanceOKC).

Friday, November 30, 2018


SONIC Free Family Day: Victorian Stories at OKCMOA
All are invited to the Museum on Dec. 2
OKCMOA will host SONIC Free Family Day this Sunday, Dec. 2, offering admission to the Museum and special, family-oriented activities FREE of charge to all visitors. SONIC Free Family Day is a bi-annual event taking place from 12 to 5 p.m. Free admission and all activities for the day are made possible by SONIC, America's Drive-In.

WHEN: Dec. 2, 12 to 5 p.m. 
WHERE: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73102

WHO: Activities are appropriate for all ages and no reservations are required. 
WHAT: SONIC Free Family Day includes access to all of OKCMOA's galleries (including the special exhibition "Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement") as well as special Family Day events, including:
  • Pop-up library with Metropolitan Library System.
  • 2 pm screening of Beauty and the Beast (animated version) in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.
  • Sketching and hands-on activities in the galleries.
  • Art-making activities in the lobby and classrooms.
  • Photo opportunities with Mr. Cherry Limeade and Mr. Coney.
PHOTOS/INTERVIEWS: Opportunities will be available to photograph visitors and to interview Museum staff.

CONTACT: Becky Weintz, Director of Marketing & Communications,

FOLLOW: Hashtag #SONICFamilyDay on social media. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018


ADDITION: A Christmas Carol opens FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, and continues through December 8.

The University of Oklahoma's presentation of A Christmas Carol enjoyable, and particularly memorable because of its appeal to all ages. There are moments of slapstick comedy, and times of real feeling -- as when Ebenezer Scrooge, well played by Micah Weese, repents his miserly ways, and rejoices in his newfound feeling for humanity. There are well-sung a capella Christmas carols -- directed by Mandy Jiran and a very energetic and delightful dances choreographed by Roxanne Lyst.

In the direction of the play, particularly in the opening scenes, Tom Huston Orr presented a play that flowed like water. His direction was particularly effective in staging of the scene with the Crachits and Scrooge's nephew's family in opposite vignettes on opposite sides of the stage, the Ghost of Christmas Present standing on a walkway above stage, and Scrooge standing on the stage in the middle of these actions.  Orr also wrote the adaptation, which sounded like storytelling in the beginning of the play, and led to Scrooge's repentance.

There are well-sung a capella Christmas carols -- directed by Mandy Jiran and a very energetic and delightful dances choreographed by Roxanne Lyst. Scenic director Uldarico Sarmiento is to be commended for his two level set, the rolling stairs and scenery, and the stripped down facades of mid-1800s London. Arresting lighting, particularly in the scene when Jacob Marley appears, was designed by Richard L. Sprecker.

Tickets may be pruchased online at, or by calling 405.325-4101 or by visiting the
OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 300 W. Boyd Street.

Race Ricketts was both effective and appropriately over the top as the ghost of Scrooge's partner Jacob Marley. He was also very funny. Also to be mentioned is Justin Armer, who appeared as Bob Crachit. Lucy Dinsmore was effective as the twittering with laughter Mrs. Topper. The cast as a whole created a world that was good to watch, and a pleasant to be.
DECEMBER 1st - 8th

University Theatre and Helmerich School of Drama takes you on a magical journey with A Christmas Carol. Photo by Sandra Bent, University of Oklahoma.

              Charles Dickens’ story of love and redemption, A Christmas Carol, will be presented by the Helmerich School of Drama and University Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. The production is adapted and directed by Tom Huston Orr, with musical direction by Mandy Jiran and choreography by Roxanne Lyst.

A Christmas Carol will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with additional performances set for 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 6 and 7, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 8. All performances will be held in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus. This production is suitable for all audiences.

University Theatre’s cast includes 30 students from OU Helmerich School of Drama, School of Dance, and local community children.  Lavish costumes designed by Lloyd Cracknell with a beautiful set designed by Uldarico Sarmiento enrich the holiday story. 
English author Charles Dickens continues to be one of the most widely read Victorian (nineteenth-century) novelists. Scrooge, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickelby remain familiar characters today. A Christmas Carol, a ghost story of Christmas published in 1843, is probably the most popular piece of fiction that Dickens ever wrote.
The cast for the production includes Audrey Armacost, Justin Armer, Avery Baker, Craig Caldwell, Sydney Culbertson, Michael Darmon, Lucy Dismore, Grace Evans, Alyssa Fantel, Caleb Hennigan, Nick Hone, Joni Keaton, Chip Keebaugh, Jaden Kelly, Evan Lennon, Becca Mighell, Thomas Peck, Madison Penzkover, Race Ricketts, Celena Rose, Abigail Schmitz, Riley Smith, Emily Stuhler, Reagan Sudduth, Alexandra Swanbeck, Ashtonn Thompson, Julian Walker, Will Warner, Micah Weese, Taylor Yancey and Jon Yawn. Dancers include Alma Cienski, Joni Keaton, Keiran King, Keyveontae’ Martin, Cameron Terry and Claire Willcutt. The youth performers are Hanna Andreassen, Hannah Butler, Joshua Cheng, Alli Dorris, Madilyn Kellam and Harper Orr.
The design staff includes Uldarico Sarmiento, scenic designer; Lloyd Cracknell, costume designer; Richard L. Sprecker, lighting designer; Jarrod Fries, sound designer; and Abigail Schmitz, dramaturg. The production staff consists of Orr, artistic director; Michael Moffitt as composer/arranger; Kaitlin Souter, stage manager; Jeff Baldwin, technical director; Kasey Allee-Foremen, associate producer; and Mary Margaret Holt, producer.
Advance purchase tickets for A Christmas Carol are $25 adult; $20 senior adult (60 and older), OU employee, military; and $10 student, plus processing fee. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $15 for student.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling (405) 325-4101 or visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.
For accommodations, please call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.