Saturday, December 30, 2017


The Oklahoma City area is lucky to have FIVE active
dance companies, all of which rely on support from
donors. Your favorite company -- or companies -- 
would appreciate your support of any size.

The companies are:

Hartel Dance Group 

Oklahoma City Ballet

Perpetual Motion Dance Company 

Race Dance Company

Theater Upon A StarDanceSwan

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Ring in the new year in style! Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and “open” the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety bands, fireworks, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. The day begins with the festive Finale 5k at 3 p.m., and rest of the excitement begins at 7 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.

Things to know


Wristbands are available for purchase on December 1.  Find at  MidFirst Bank locations, 7-Eleven stores, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and Plenty Mercantile. On the night of the event, you may purchase wristbands at sales locations across the event.
Wristbands are $8 in advance, $10 the night of the event.

Children’s Area

The Children’s Area in the Hall of Mirrors in Civic Center Music Hall means family-friendly fun! Enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively musical performances – perfect to ring in the New Year

Food Trucks in Finale Alley

We’ve rounded up some of the city’s best food trucks. Find hot drinks, snacks, and other delicious options in Finale Alley any time before midnight!
Bacon N Cakin: Pancake sandwiches and bacon infused angus beef sliders made fresh to order
Eddie’s Wings on Wheels: Crispy, juicy and oh-so wonderful wings
Hijo’s Taqueria: Authentic street tacos, quesadillas, and other tasty Mexican fare
Junction Coffee: Fresh coffee, espresso drinks, and other hot beverages
Let’s Do Greek: Greek and Mediterranean food including gyros, rice bowls, and more
MacTastic: Creamy mac & cheese bowls with delicious add-ins
Pitchfork: Homemade farmhouse favorites including sandwiches, baked goods and coffee
Sizzle N Spice: Tandoori style, Pakistani and Indian food
Snow S’more: Hand crafted s’mores and coffee beverages
Tasty Beats: Delightful selection of concession favorites.
Wicked Hangry: Gourmet burgers, sliders and grown-up grilled cheese

2018 Performers

The Wise Guys , OKC Improv, Adam and Kizzie, Edgar Cruz, Steelwind Duo, Brisa Sur, The House Session, Bricktown Clowns, and Michael King’s One Man Circus.

Fireworks Finale!

The Wise Guys take the Opening Night Finale Stage in Bicentennial Park at 9:00 and play until midnight. Playing coverts from vintage rock n’roll to contemporary pop, The Wise Guys will delight audience members of all ages.  Dance in the New Year to everything from The Beach Boys to The Cars to Maroon 5, and more.  The Wise Guys count us down to midnight, when a fireworks extravaganza rings in 2018!

For the performance schedule and event map, go to  

For performance on the 5K rum, go to 

Opening Night is produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City.

Arts Council Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 ©(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million Oklahoma City residents and visitors. Arts Council Oklahoma City is sponsored by Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, Inasmuch Foundation, OGE Energy Corporation, Ozarka Water & Coffee Service, Sonic - America's Drive-in, ICG, The Oklahoman and, OKC Thunder, Toucan Production and Tyler Media. Arts Council Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit

Saturday, December 23, 2017


By Nancy P. Condit

Oklahoma City Ballet's two week production of the season favorite The Nutcracker, under the
direction of artistic director  Robert Mills, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic under the baton of  guest conductor Douglas Droste, finished its two week run on December 19th at the Civic Center with an enthusiastic full house. 

The standout scene "The Land of Snow," with corps dancers as snowflakes, dancing singly, in small groups, a softly formed triangle, and leaping across the stage in white short tutus against a backdrop of light blue. Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, danced by DaYoung Jung and Walker Martin in a last minute substitution, performed a lovely pas de deux. 

"The Kingdom of Sweets" variations were enjoyable. It was especially nice to see principal dancer Ronnie Underwood, who is now one of two ballet masters, partnering Amy Potter. They made the "Arabian Coffee" variation look effortless. Miki Kawamura and Alvin Tovstogray danced the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier in the "Grand Pas De Deux," in which they had a chance to display their virtuosity and nice partnering ability.

The children in both the party act and as little angels opening "The Kingdom of Sweets" performed well, and were charming.

Upcoming performances are The Little Mermaid, February 16 - 18, and petite mort: a triple bill on April 13 - 15.

Friday, December 15, 2017


What started with an announcement as a one time showing on Christmas Eve of "Die Hard," with Bruce Willis yelling the famous "Yippe ki yo...", at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, has turned into a series of non-Christmasy films to give even ardent holiday enthusiasts a respite from holiday themed films. And drinks are allowed in the auditorium. These films are meant for adults.

This holiday season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) presents "Christmas for Grown-Ups," a series of Christmas cult classics and holiday hidden gems, screening Dec. 21-31.    

"On the heels of our successful Studio Ghibli and Wes Anderson holiday retrospectives, we were excited at the prospect of putting together a more traditional Christmas series this year," said Michael J. Anderson, Ph.D., director of curatorial affairs. "In keeping with the Museum Films philosophy, we sought to offer a fun and festive mix of eclectic holiday fare grounded in artistically accomplished and adventurous work by acclaimed filmmakers."   

"Some films are witty and romantic; others are subversive and satirical," he continued. "From the unrated cut of 'Bad Santa' to a pristine restoration of French New Wave classic 'My Night at Maud's,' there's something for just about everyone.  With our 'Christmas for Grown-Ups' series, we wanted to challenge conventional notions of what holiday films should look and feel like, while also offering Oklahoma City film lovers the opportunity to decompress, have a drink and watch a great movie on the big screen."  

Dr. Anderson added, "We're pleased to screen a number of these titles on 35mm prints, including the urbane 1930s detective caper, 'The Thin Man'; Wong Kar-Wai's sublimely beautiful sci-fi romance, '2046'; and John Huston's masterful final film, a faultless adaptation of James Joyce's 'The Dead.'"  

Tickets are now on sale and are $5 for OKCMOA Members; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors (62+) and college students with IDs. The Samuel Roberts Noble Theater bar offers a variety of beer, wine and spirits for purchase.     

"Christmas for Grown-Ups" opens Thursday, Dec. 21 with a 35mm screening of Arnaud Desplechin's "A Christmas Tale," a captivating and wildly inventive family drama starring iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve.  

For the romantically inclined, there is Whit Stillman's sparkling ensemble comedy, "Metropolitan"; Eric Rohmer's soulful love-triangle drama, "My Night at Maud's"; and Todd Haynes' lush period romance, "Carol." All are perfect options for a low-key date night, especially when paired with the Museum Cafe's specially priced Dinner and a Movie package at $29 per person.  

Other series highlights include a Christmas Eve matinee of the ultimate holiday cult classic: "Die Hard"; Stanley Kubrick's darkly brilliant "Eyes Wide Shut," starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; and Terry Gilliam's visually dazzling dystopian satire, "Brazil." "Christmas for Grown-Ups" concludes with a New Year's Eve screening of Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning tragicomic masterpiece, "The Apartment."  

For more information on the "Christmas for Grown-Ups" series and more upcoming Museum Films events, visit:


DOWN TOWN OKC has listed a tremendous number of happenings and things to do in OKC from
Saturday through January, from ice skating, through the OKC Museum of Art, to water taxis -- take out the commas for a really interesting holiday season. Please follow the link to the events:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

STADIUM 14 TUES. DEC. 19, 7 p.




130 min


Fathom events and Guggenheim Entertainment present The MeshugaNutcracker! – The Chanukah Musical in select cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Tuesday, December 19. This musical comedy features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday outing! Jews and non-Jews alike will delight in this original musical celebrating all things Chanukah.

Please follow the link for more complete information: . [Artspace] is open

Saturday, December 9, 2017


By Nancy Condit

Last night's performance of R.A.C.E. Dance Company's Hip-Hop Nutcracker, under the direction of R.A.C.E.'s artistic director Hui Cha Poos and the school's dance teachers, brought over 150 dancers
together from seven high schools, one elementary school, R.A.C.E Dance Company, the Men of RACE, Junior and Teen RACE together in a hip-hopping, break dancing, freeze frame, Janet and Michael Jackson style moves, backward somersaulting performance that reverberated through Oklahoma City Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center. 

The action of bringing so many schools and companies together is quite mind boggling, and speaks to the passion for dance in Oklahoma City, and the hope that we have for future dancers of mature calibre in Oklahoma City.  

Performances continue at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at O.C.C.C. located at 7777 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City. Oh, and there were also the more traditional contemporary and jazz  dance moves.

Of particular mention were Daxton Grier Anderson, the grade schooler who danced the part of Carlos, the son being brought up by his single mother, Justyce James - Mom, and Christopher James -- the Nutcracker, his absent father, who takes him through "The Land of Possibilities" after Carlos has fallen asleep.

The schools performing individual dances included Capitol Hill High School, Harding Fine Arts Academy, Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma Centennial High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School, and U.S. Grant High School, and the elementary students of Prairie Dance Junior Company.

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, writes Hui Cha Poos, following her mission statement for R.A.C.E.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $20 online at or $25 at the door. For more information about HHN, visit:

Friday, December 8, 2017



By Nancy Condit

Over 130 American Spirit Dancers, directed by Jo Rowan, performed a jazzy, lyrical, tapping - including rhythm, ballet, gospel Broadway style show last night at Oklahoma City University. Favorites like the "March of the Toy Soldiers" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" with "Five More Days til Christmas" - and Chanukah were back, along with the "Baking Cookies" with 
gingerbread people in cookie costumes and the lovely lyrical "Song for a Winter's Night."

The program was was very enjoyable, and the Rockettes style precision dances with up to
four rows deep of dancers were really very good.

"Home for the Holidays" runs Dec. 7 through 10 in Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium at 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.
Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 405-208-5227 or visiting Group rates are available.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


This holiday season, visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art can see unconventional holiday films - part of the "Christmas for Grown-Ups" film series - create prints to take home with  [Artspace] at Untitled in the Winter Break Printers' Workshop and watch the Opening Night fireworks from the Museum's Roof Terrace. Plus, the Museum will offer free admission for visitors 17 and younger from Dec. 26 through 31.  

"We are thrilled to work with [Artspace] at Untitled to transform our Museum classrooms into an immersive printmaking environment the week after Christmas," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "We will have large prints lining the walls for inspiration and multiple printmaking stations available. With free admission for kids and teens, we are excited to offer families an inexpensive opportunity to experience the Museum's galleries and hands-on activities this winter break."

The Winter Break Printers' Workshop will be open Dec. 27 through 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Museum Teaching Artist Erin Latham and members of the [Artspace] team will be on hand to assist visitors as they create their own print to take home.

Special exhibitions on view include "The Question of Beauty," "The Art of Oklahoma" and "Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age." Ongoing activities include a new mobile guide and app; OKCMOA Discovery Packs, free with admission; and the "Master Strokes" drawing studio where guests can sketch a still life to take home while surrounded by the drawings of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn.

From Dec. 21 through Dec. 31, Museum Films presents "Christmas for Grown-Ups," featuring 12 Christmas cult classics and hidden holiday gems. Of particular interest is a screening of "Die Hard" for those who want a diversion on Christmas Eve. It screens at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 complete with the usual Museum Films fully stocked bar. Museum Films will also be presenting four titles on 35mm film, including "The Thin Man" on Dec. 29.

The Museum Cafe will again offer holiday meals to-go. The deadline to order meals, designed for two or for eight complete with main course, sides and dessert, is Dec. 20. Meals can be picked up at the Museum Cafe on Dec. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

OKCMOA has space for private events and holiday parties this December. From an intimate seated dinner in the Mezzanine, to screening a holiday film in the 250-seat Samuel Roberts Noble Theater, to a cocktail reception in Founders Hall and time in the galleries, OKCMOA has a private event option to fit every budget and interest. Learn more by contacting Elizabeth Roewe at or (405) 278-8286 for details. 

The Museum will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

There are several ways to enjoy the Museum on New Year's Eve:
  • The Museum galleries will be open noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. 
  • Guests looking for additional entertainment options can enjoy Opening Night events, including performances by The House Session and OKC Improv, with an Opening Night wristband. An Opening Night wristband also includes admission to the galleries.
  • The Museum will offer a special ticket to the Roof Terrace to view the Opening Night fireworks. The Roof Terrace will be open 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and a ticket includes a midnight champagne toast (one glass of champagne).
  • The Museum Cafe will offer a set menu for New Year's Eve. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (405) 235-6262. Dining at the Museum Cafe includes a ticket to the Roof Terrace champagne toast.
For a full list of events visit 



"The Art of Oklahoma," opened Nov. 2nd at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood. It runs through Sept. 2, 2018.
The installation features a selection of paintings, prints and photographs spanning 100 years and ranging in style from Impressionism and documentary photography to geometric abstraction and hyperrealism. Curated from the Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition includes works by Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Nellie Shepherd, David Fitzgerald and Woody Big Bow, among others.
"The Museum has an outstanding collection of art created by or about Oklahomans, and we are excited to showcase these works together," said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, director of curatorial affairs. "While no exhibition about the art of the state can present every option open to Oklahoma artists, we do believe this showcase represents a diversity of artistic voices, subjects, mediums and stylistic strategies. Ultimately it is our belief that there is no single art of Oklahoma. Rather, there is a great variety that models itself on the multi-faceted identity of Oklahoma as a whole."
Featured are artists including Nan Sheets, David Fitzgerald, Otto Duecker, Oscar Brousse Jacobsen and Doel Reed, all of whom helped shape the direction of art in Oklahoma. "Opening on the 110th anniversary of statehood," Anderson added, "is a wonderful way to honor their legacy, and those of the generations that followed them."
"The Art of Oklahoma" also will feature "The Oklahoma Land Rush" by John Steuart Curry, one of the premier American regionalist painters of the last century. This large oil sketch, created in preparation for a larger New Deal mural, is on loan from the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.
The exhibition, opening on the Museum's second floor, will include 23 works by 19 artists. Many of the artists featured were either born in or studied in Oklahoma. The remaining works feature Oklahoma subjects such as "Soil and Subsoil" by Alexandre Hogue and "Santa Fe Railroad Station as Seen from the Tracks, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma" by Mark Klett.
Guests can view the exhibition beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 with regular Museum admission and after 5 p.m. for only $5 as part of the Museum's Art After 5 program. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 2, 2018. 

Monday, December 4, 2017


Courtesy of Oklahoma City Ballet

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, which will perform Tchaikovsky’s familiar score live at every performance.  

Single tickets start at $15 and are available through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box offices. They are also available online at  http.//
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 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 

RACE Dance Company mentors 90 students from dance programs in seven Oklahoma City Public Schools for the sixth annual production of the Hip Hop Nutcracker (HHN). Show performances are set for 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 8th and 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center located at 7777 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City.

“We've extended the invitation to elementary schools involved with Prairie Dance Youth Company. Attendees will be blown away by the talent these young kids possess,” said Hui Cha Poos, Executive Director of RACE Dance Company.

In addition, students enrolled at Southeast High School, Harding Fine Arts Academy John Marshall High School, Northwest Classen High School, Capitol Hill High School, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School, and U.S. Grant High School will perform in the show. RACE Dance members meet with the kids once-to-twice a week leading up to the show.

“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:

The American Spirit Dance Company's Home for the Holidays
Thursday December 7, 2017 to Sunday December 10, 2017 Bring the whole family to Oklahoma City’s Broadway-style holiday dance extravaganza! Celebrate the holiday season with the renowned American Spirit Dance Company, directed by Jo Rowan. With a mix of new dances and audience favorites, this fast-paced and stunningly beautiful production is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit!

Have your picture taken with Santa or one of the American Spirit Christmas Elves during the show’s intermission! This year’s Home for the Holidays will be particularly joyful as the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment has been recognized as the #1 BFA Dance Program in the Nation by OnStage media. ONE WEEKEND ONLY! Don’t miss this holiday tradition!

Show Times: Thursday (12/7) 8:00pm | Friday (12/8) 8:00pm | Saturday (12/9) 2:00pm & 8:00pm | Sunday (12/10) 2:00pm  Performance at 250l N. Blackwelder.

General Admission: $29.85
Group Discount (8 or more - not available online): $18.85

Or buy tickets at 405.208.5227

Friday, November 17, 2017

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

& 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.
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, .
Tickets are $27 adults, $22 seniors in advance, and $35 at the door.
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 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
Please see below for the University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season lineup. Events that have already occurred have been
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.