Friday, November 17, 2017

UCO HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL
W/KALEIDOSCOPE DANCE CO.
NOV. 17-18



7:30 PM - Mitchell Hall: High School Dance Festival (ft. Kaleidoscope Dance Company) 7:30 pm, Friday–Saturday, November 17–18, Mitchell Hall Theatre at University ofCentral Oklahoma.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

CONTEMPORARY DANCE
OKLAHOMA PRESENTED
BY OU SCHOOL OF DANCE
& THEATER MAR. 2 - 11

University Theatre and School of Dance present Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma examines the creative range of modern dance, featuring choreography that is abstract, mood-inspired, and narrative. Guest choreographer David Hochoy of Dance Kaleidoscope joins OU faculty choreographers Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst in challenging our dancers and entertaining our audiences. Enjoy this engaging exploration of the human condition expressed by the dynamic performance of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

8 p.m. March 2, 3, 9, 10
3 p.m. March 4, 11
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, 563 Elm Ave. Norman 73019

OU Fine Arts Box Office (405) 325-4101, THEATRE.OU.EDU.
Tickets are $27 adults, $27 seniors in advance.
OU'S SCHOOL OF DANCE
PRESENTS YOUNG
CHOREOGRAPHERS'
SHOWCASE JAN. 25-28, '18






A perennial favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase features new and innovative choreography created by School of Dance students especially selected for this production. Featuring dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles, with lighting design by students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, Young Choreographers’ Showcase never fails to entertain and inspire.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 27, 2018
3 p.m. Jan. 28
Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval, Norman 73019

OU Fine Arts Box Office (405) 325-4101, theatre.ou.edu .
Tickets are $27 adults, $22 seniors in advance, and $35 at the door.
OU'S STAGES OFFER
BALLET, STUDENT
CHOREOGRAPHY, 
AND CONTEMPORARY
DANCE 2017 - 2018

Catch a Rising Star at University Theatre!
  
Nine main stage productions, including dance, opera and musicals, offering fine arts patrons a season of passionate performances, designs and technical accomplishments of young talent from across the country will be offered during University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season at the University of Oklahoma.
 
University Theatre artistic directors have carefully selected a season of plays, musicals, operas and dance productions that will take your breath away. Some are familiar, some are new, some are traditional and some are surprising. This year’s production series includes the Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels, Tony Award-winning comedy Noises Off(the first two have already occurred), Oklahoma Festival Ballet, featuring the world-renowned ballet Swan Lake, Act II, Young Choreographers’ Showcase, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, Lucia di Lammermoor, and family favorites, Alice in Wonderland and the opera Hansel and Gretel.
 
“We invite you to ‘Catch a Rising Star’ of an actor, designer, dancer, technician, or director from our award-winning programs in a season sure to delight theatre-goers.  Whether through the Technicolor world of Hollywood, the magic of a lakeside love story, or children caught in a gingerbread adventure, our audiences are sure to be swept away to the worlds of theatrical creativity and imagination.” said Mary Margaret Holt, dean and University Theatre producer. “The hilarity of an itinerant troupe of actors, the emotion and power of modern dance, the Gershwin brothers’ favorite tunes, tragedy in the ruins of a Scottish castle, and a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice provide even more memorable moments for rising stars to shine bright on the ascent of their careers!”
           
To purchase a University Theatre  ticket, call (405) 325-4101 or visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office, 500 W. Boyd St., Norman; or go online to theatre.ou.edu. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4101.  The price for advance tickets is $27 for  adults, $22 for seniors, and $12 for students.  At the door adults are
$35.
 
Please see below for the University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season lineup. Events that have already occurred have been
removed.
 
Oklahoma Festival Ballet
Featuring Swan Lake, Act II
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
8 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10
3 p.m. Nov. 5, 12
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre                                                                     
Join us for an exceptional evening of contemporary and classical ballet with Swan Lake, Act II as its centerpiece. Be swept away in a balletic fairy tale of love promised and challenged by evil in a magical lakeside setting. In addition, guest choreographer Trey McIntyre delights audiences with the premier of his new contemporary ballet as he joins School of Dance faculty choreographers Michael Bearden, Jeremy Lindberg and Clara Cravey Stanley in creating a memorable, moving evening of ballet. This production is suitable for all audiences.
 
Hansel and Gretel
Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, Libretto by Adelheid Wette
Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director

Stage direction by William Ferrara
8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2
3 p.m. Dec. 3
Reynolds Performing Arts Center
Gingerbread Alert! Missing children last seen entering an enchanted forest! Evidence found at the scene: a trail of breadcrumbs, guardian angels and a suspicious witch riding a broomstick in the vicinity. If you have any information, please contact the authorities at OU Opera Theatre! Presented in English. This production is suitable for all audiences.
 
Young Choreographers’ Showcase
8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 27
3 p.m. Jan. 28
Reynolds Performing Arts Center
A perennial favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase features new and innovative choreography created by School of Dance students especially selected for this production. Featuring dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles with lighting design by students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, Young Choreographers’ Showcase never fails to entertain and inspire. This production is suitable for all audiences.
 
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Lyn Cramer

Choreography by Kristen Beth Williams, Broadway star and OU Alumna
8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17
3 p.m. Feb. 11, 18
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre                                                                   
The roaring twenties brings together a cast of outrageous characters in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But, when the playboy meets a gutsy bootlegger who melts his heart, nothing goes as planned. Enjoy the glitz and glamour of this production, featuring some of the most memorable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” This production includes slapstick comedy, jazzy dance numbers and the occasional tender ballad.
 
Contemporary Dance Oklahoma
Choreography by Austin Hartel, Roxanne Lyst
David Hochoy, guest choreographer
8 p.m. March 2, 3, 9, 10
3 p.m. March 4, 11
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre
Contemporary Dance Oklahoma examines the creative range of modern dance, featuring choreography that is abstract, mood-inspired and narrative. Guest choreographer David Hochoy of Dance Kaleidoscope joins OU faculty choreographers Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst in challenging our dancers and entertaining our audiences. Enjoy this engaging exploration of the human condition expressed by the dynamic performance of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. This production is suitable for all audiences.
 
Lucia di Lammermoor
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti, Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano
Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director
Stage direction by William Ferrara
8 p.m. April 5, 6, 7
3 p.m. April 8
Reynolds Performing Arts Center                                                    
A ruined castle in the Scottish Highlands is the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s eerie Gothic romance. Torn by a family feud and forced into an arranged marriage, Lucia loses her mind and murders her bridegroom on their wedding night. This production of Donizetti’s gorgeous opera will feature lavish costumes, sets, full orchestra and chorus. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
This production contains adult themes and violence.
 
Alice in Wonderland
Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus
Original book by Lewis Carroll
Directed by Judith Midyett Pender
8 p.m. April 20, 21, 27, 28
3 p.m. April 22, 29
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre
Come make memories with your children as you travel down the rabbit hole into the delightful world of Wonderland. Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus have deftly adapted Lewis Carroll’s classic works, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, into a sumptuous spectacle of intrigue and excitement fit for the whole family. This production is suitable for all audiences.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


OKC BALLET NUTCRACKER
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

 



Oklahoma City Ballet will stage its holiday performances of The Nutcracker presented by Devon Energy at Civic Center Music Hall, December 9-19, 2017 for an 8-show performance run. This beloved holiday classic choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills stays true to the original libretto that premiered in 1892 at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, under the direction of Guest Conductor Douglas Droste, will perform Tchaikovsky’s familiar score live at every performance.  

Single tickets start at $15 and are available starting October 31 through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box offices. They are also available online at www.okcballet.org./performance/the-nutcracker/  

This classic tale tells the story of Clara, who receives a beautiful handmade wooden Nutcracker from the quirky Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Eve party. That night, Clara sneaks downstairs to play with her new Nutcracker and is swept away to a fantasyland of toy soldiers, giant mice and dancing snowflakes. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the Evil Mouse King, she is whisked away to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets and Toys, where she is treated to performances by fanciful dancing confections and toys, including the Sugar Plum Fairy.  

As an added treat, children are invited to make a craft as a keepsake, sponsored and provided by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following each 2:00 pm matinee performance, dancers from The Nutcracker will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs, while patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s.  

For the second year, the “Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets” will be held in Meinders Hall of Mirrors in Civic Center Music Hall on Sunday December 16, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. This event will take place between the matinee and evening performances, so that audience members from either performance may attend. The tickets to “Nutcracker Tea” are $30 per person and sold separately from performance tickets. For more information call 405-843-9898.  

Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm. Single tickets may be purchased by calling Oklahoma City Ballet 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at www.okcballet.org/performance/the-nutcracker or by calling the Civic Center Box office at 405-297-2264. All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 6800 North Classen, Oklahoma City.  

For a more information, tickets and list of available performances, call 405-838-TOES (8637) or visit http://www.okcballet.org/performance/the-nutcracker 

Friday, November 3, 2017

OCU'S RED EARTH
CREATIVE WRITING
PROGRAM HOSTS
FREE WORKSHOP
FOR 13 & UP NOV. 11

Creative Writing Program Hosts Workshop

 The Red Earth MFA creative writing program at Oklahoma City University will host a free workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at The Venue in the Plaza District.
Red Earth MFA faculty member Timothy Bradford will lead the workshop, which will be followed by a Q&A session with current and former students about the program. Cookies will be served. The Venue is located at 1757 16th St.
Bradford’s workshop is titled “Creating Characters for Fiction and Poetry.” It is intended for writers of all ability levels ages 13 and up.
Participants will begin by looking at examples of great characters in fiction and poetry with a discussion about what makes them so vivid. Next, the group will engage process-oriented, interactive exercises aimed at developing characters for fiction and/or poetry. Participants will then draft a scene or poem featuring the character the group develops, and those who wish may share their writing with the group.
Bradford is the author of the poetry collection “Nomads with Samsonite” and the introduction to “Sadhus,” a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia. Recent work has appeared in World Literature Today, Poetry Bay, ATTN:, Halvard Johnson’s Truck, Atticus Review/Boo’s Hollow, Art Focus Oklahoma, This Land, The Oklahoma Review and Upstairs at Duroc. In 2014, he cofounded Short Order Poems and started organizing and teaching with the Ralph Ellison Creative Writing Workshops.
The Red Earth low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program connects students with experienced creative and professional writers who nurture creative talent in workshops, peer groups and individual instruction. Students complete 12 hours of course work each fall and spring semester for two years, for a total of 48 hours that, along with a thesis, lead to an MFA in creative writing, a terminal degree in the field.
For more information visit the English Department’s web page at okcu.edu.