Tuesday, August 25, 2015


From staff sources
How could YOU be a part of RACE?
We have 3 LEVELS of opportunity to dance with RACE or Men Of
** Apprentices: Dancers who have the opportunity to take class with
the company every Sunday
** Performing Apprentices: Dancers who perform a limited number of
dances in our shows, but work as a company with the full company
members every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
** Full Company Members: Dancers who are expected to perform in
any and all pieces they are cast, and they work and train as a
company every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
For more information contact Brandi Kelley at 405-640-6424.

Also, please see their Facebook page. These auditions include Men of Race.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

OU PRESENTS 2015-2016

From staff sources

Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
The University of Oklahoma
Sandra Bent, Public Relations
325-5321, sbent@ou.edu
Aug. 7, 2015

University Theatre Presents a Season to Celebrate!
We are setting the stage and invite you to join us for the 2015-2016 University Theatre season at The University of Oklahoma!  Exciting and dynamic productions of musicals, opera, dance and drama will delight audiences throughout the season.  This year’s production series includes Arcadia; Acts of War, Three One-Act operas; Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; The Nutcracker; Young Choreographers’ Showcase; The Trojan Women; Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. 
“Planning the season has been a labor of love, as has been the renovation of Rupel Jones Theatre and revealing this fabulous new environment will be one of the joys of the season!” said Mary Margaret Holt, University Theatre producer.  “From its updated technology to the beautiful new look of our lobby and seating area, we can’t wait to share it our audiences – and we have chosen the perfect vehicle for the event!  Our production of Ragtime is full of the trials, joys, and pathos of a changing country as a new century unfolds.  Directed by Joe Lacarro, a theatre professional of national reputation and a member of the original cast, Ragtime will touch the heart and spirit in a production and venue you will long remember.” 
Two season subscription packages are offered this year. The COMPLETE PACKAGE is the best value!  This package offers tickets to all nine main stage productions throughout the season.  The more modest VARIETY PACKAGE allows patrons to sample each of the four types of production including a musical, opera, dance, and drama production.
Great rates are offered on our season subscriptions with a savings of over 20% off individual ticket prices!  COMPLETE PACKAGE prices are adult $175, discount* $135, and student $75. The VARIETY PACKAGE is priced at adult $90, discount* $70, and student $40. The discounted adult rate is offered for senior adults 60 and over, OU faculty and staff, and military personnel.
Enjoy the thrill of LIVE entertainment at University Theatre.  Our productions are rich with the talent, dedication, and professionalism of the amazing students who train at The University of Oklahoma. The University Theatre subscription form and information are available at theatre.ou.edu; or visit or call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101. The box office is located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. Norman, OK 73019.  Hours are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Deadline for ordering a season subscription is Sept. 17.
The University of Oklahoma
University Theatre 2015-2016 Season

By Tom Stoppard, Alissa Mortimer, director
8 p.m. Sept. 18, 19, 24-26, and 3 p.m. Sept. 20, 27, Weitzenhoffer Theatre
Stoppard’s Tony® and Olivier® Award-winning masterpiece is a force of nature with its rich, ravishing comedy of wit, intellect, language and emotion. Like its subjects — time, knowledge, love — its themes are eternal.

Acts of War Three One-Act Operas
by Bohuslav Martinů, John Adams, and Franz Schubert
Jonathan Shames, conductor and artistic director, William Ferrara, stage director
8 p.m. Sept. 24-26, and 3 p.m. Sept. 27, Reynolds Performing Arts Center
School of Music’s Opera Theatre presents Martin├╝’s Comedy on the Bridge, with a comic-Kafkaesque scenario, while Adams’ The Wound Dresser, a setting of Whitman’s horrifyingly real Civil War poem, brings us deep into its misery. The age-old war between the sexes is the subject of Schubert’s Domestic Warfare, a beautiful and rarely-performed opera. All operas performed in English.

Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Terrence McNally
Joe Locarro, guest director, Richard Zielinski, music director
8 p.m. Oct. 15-17, and 3 p.m. Oct. 18, Rupel J. Jones Theatre
(*Special university-wide musical, separate from season subscription.)
A glorious story bursting with energy, this Tony® Award-winning musical is an enduring celebration of American life — the music of something beginning, an era exploding, a century spinning.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show
Music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien
Richard J. Hinds, guest director and choreographer
8 p.m. Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 5, 6, and 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, 7, Weitzenhoffer Theatre
That sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his motley crew are having a party of galactic proportions. It’s a kinky, sci-fi funfest rockin’ your galaxy this fall!  Rated R

The Nutcracker
Choreography by Mary Margaret Holt, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
8 p.m. Dec. 4- 6, 10-12, and 3 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, Rupel Jones Theatre
Oklahoma Festival Ballet will enchant audiences with this beloved holiday classic featuring a magical dream of swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and a handsome Prince with the Sugar Plum Fairy presiding graciously over it all. Rated G, great for the entire family!

Young Choreographers’ Showcase
8 p.m. Jan. 28-30, and 3 p.m. Jan. 31, Rupel Jones Theatre
Imaginative student choreographers from the School of Dance create a production of dynamic and exciting dance works from classic to contemporary in collaboration with student lighting designers from the Helmerich School of Drama.  Rated G 

The Trojan Women
By Euripides, Susan Shaughnessy, director
8 p.m. Feb. 12, 13, 18-20, and 3 p.m. Feb. 14, 21, Weitzenhoffer Theatre
The Helmerich School of Drama presents Euripides’ dramatic account of the havoc and ravages of the Trojan War and the noble women who survive it.

Eugene Onegin
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jonathan Shames, conductor and artistic director, William Ferrara, stage director
8 p.m. March 3-5, and 3 p.m. March 6, Reynolds Performing Arts Center
Tchaikovsky’s music is a masterpiece of operatic lyricism in this tragic love story.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
8 p.m. April 8, 9, 15, 16, and 3 p.m. April 10, 17, Rupel Jones Theatre
The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre presents the six-time Tony® Award-winning musical comedy love story. Millie is the perfect all-singing, all-dancing musical entertainment!

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma
Featuring choreography by Austin Hartel, Ilya Kozadayev and guest choreographers
8 p.m. April 29, 30, May 5, 6, and 3 p.m. May 1, 7, Reynolds Performing Arts Center
Energetic and extraordinary modern dance works by resident choreographers Austin Hartel and Ilya Kozadayev,  joined by talented guest choreographers, will inspire and delight audiences with their artistic power and creative vision.
 Rated PG


From staff sources

Mix and mingle with guest choreographers, cellist Zoe Keating, and Oklahoma City Ballet dancers at the beautiful Oklahoma City Community College Performing Arts Center prior to the dress rehearsal of Exurgency: A Triple Bill. Enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a special behind- the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to produce a professional ballet.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, please call the development office at (405) 843-9898 for more information.

Date: Thursday September 17
6:00-7:30 PM
Meet the Choreographers
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
7:30 PM
Dress Rehearsal of Exurgency: A Triple Bill
Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Art Center Theater
7777 South May

RSVP Before Sept 10
Ticket Prices
$75 for adults
$25 for students 18 and under
casual/business attire

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From staff sources

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Oklahoma City’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present its first concert of our 2015-16 season, “From Beethoven to the Beatles,” featuring some of the most popular compositions of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Eight Brightmusic musicians will perform a little jazz, a little rock and a lot of great music, including one of Beethoven’s most successful works, his Septet in E-flat major for strings, winds and horn. 

The works on the program include:  1) Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Double Bass in C Major; 2) Glazunov’s Reverie Orientale for clarinet and string quartet; 3) Svante Henryson’s “Backcountry Skiing” for jazz clarinet and cello; 4) selections from Sean Osborn’s “The Beatles” for clarinet and string quartet; and 5) Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major (Op. 20), for violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn. 

Brightmusic musicians performing are: Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello), George Speed (double bass), Chad Burrow (clarinet), Rodney Ackmann (bassoon) and Kate Pritchett (horn). 

The performance will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson).  Individual concert admission is $20 per ticket.  Students and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID.  More information about this concert is available on Brightmusic’s website at http://www.brightmusic.org. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                   

Amy Haley
Marketing and PR Director
Oklahoma City Ballet

OKC Ballet Announces New Dancers, Promotions within Company

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, July 21, 2015- Oklahoma City Ballet has announced the addition of 4 new company artists, 10 new apprentices and 2 promotions within the company for the 2015-2016 season, making up the largest company the organization has known to date.  This illustrious collaboration of artists represents 13 states and 13 Countries. 

“I am excited to begin a new season with these beautiful artists. I've assembled what I believe to be our strongest company to date.  I look forward to working with them all year,” said Artistic Director Robert Mills.

New dancers include Principal dancer Julio Concepcion from Matanzas, Cuba.  Concepcion comes to Oklahoma City with a resume that includes National Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet of Ecuador, and most recently, the Cincinnati Ballet.  He has also been invited to dance at Galas and Festivals around the world including the Miami International Ballet Festival and the Carreno Festival.
Dancing since the age of 9, Soloist Milena Garcia from Matanzas, Cuba, has had experience dancing in the National Ballet of Cuba, National Ballet of Ecuador and the Cincinnati Ballet. She has also been a frequent guest artist with companies across the nation including Rochester City Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet, and the Florida Classical Ballet.  New Corps de Ballet member Rayleigh Vendt of Dallas, Texas began training at the Ballet Academy of Texas before continuing on at American Ballet Theatre, the School of American Ballet the San Francisco Ballet and the Orlando Ballet summer intensives. 
Corps de Ballet member Joe Seaton of London, England started dancing through the Royal Ballet School of London’s Junior Associate program.  He was offered a full scholarship to study at the San Francisco Ballet School and subsequently performed with the San Francisco Ballet.
To round out the company, there are also 10 new apprenticed dancers:  Petra Biro, Claire Glavin, Michael Campo, Hannah Jew, Paola McCormick-Quintero, Mayu Odaka, Erikka Reenstierna-Cates, Hayley Tavonatti, Emily Thompson, and Felipe Vasques.

“We have also promoted 2 of our current dancers”, says Mills.  Amy Potter has been promoted from Corps de Ballet member to Soloist, and Paige Brown, who started as an apprentice in the company will now be a member of the Corps de Ballet. 

These additions and promotions join returning principal dancers Miki Kawamura, Yui Sato, Ronnie Underwood and Alvin Tovstogray, returning soloists Ezlimar Dorotolina, and DaYoung Jung, and Corps de Ballet artists Seth Bradley, Carissa Churchill, Sarah Jane Crespo, Daina Gingras, Daniel Hardman, Amanda Herd-Popejoy, Jeppe Jakobsen , Leonid Khrapunksy, Autumn Klein Sicking, Ariana Lawson, Walker Martin,  Gerald Pines and Richard Walters.  There are also 2 returning apprentices, Devin Larsen and Laura Pratt.

To read complete biographies and for season information, visit www.okcballet.com/company.