Monday, October 16, 2017


Courtesy of of University Theatre

Nine main stage productions 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, 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.

University Theatre offers two season subscription packages from which to choose. The best value is the COMPLETE PACKAGE, which includes tickets to all nine mainstage productions throughout the season.  The more modest VARIETY PACKAGE allows patrons to sample one of each type of production, including a musical, opera, dance and drama.
Discounts are offered on University Theatre’s season subscriptions, with a savings of up to 24 percent off individual ticket prices. Complete package prices are adult, $175; discount (for seniors 60 and over, OU faculty and staff, and military personnel), $135; and student, $75. The Variety Package is priced at adult, $90; discount, $70; and student, $36.
To purchase a University Theatre season subscription, 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.
Please see below for the University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season lineup.

City of Angels
Book by Larry Gelbart, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel
Directed by Shawn Churchman
8 p.m. Sept. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
3 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1
Weitzenhoffer Theatre

Noises Off
Book by Michael Frayn
Directed by Tom Huston Orr
8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27
3 p.m. Oct. 22, 29
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

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

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 

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   

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


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