OK Art Scene and Hurd

Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Editor: Jillian Ball

Have The Most Wonderful Time of Year with The Pollard’s It’s A Wonderful Life

The Cast of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. photo courtesy Pollard Theatre Company.

This Christmas season, The Pollard Theatre is offering a new take on a well-known holiday story. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the timeless 1946 movie, which starred James Stewart and Donna Reed. Joshua McGowen stars as the down and out George Bailey, with Kara Chapman starring alongside him as Mary.

Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson says that he and the company asked themselves, “What new way can we tell the story?” and decided the goal was to… Continue reading

The Lyric Continues a New Holiday Tradition with A Christmas Carol

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol. Photo by KO Rinearson.

The holiday season is soon to be upon us! This time of year, we hold onto traditions and make new memories. The timeless Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol is a subtly profound tale that’s been done by everyone from Patrick Stewart to The Muppets. Taking a seat at the table of memorable versions is Lyric Theatre of OKC in its eighth production of the show.

Also returning for the eighth production is Lyric Favorite Susan Riley. OK Art Scene and Hurd caught up with her to tell us about… Continue reading

Interactive Immersion in Performing and Visual Arts in “Those Who Lie Beyond”

Ashley J. Mandanas , cast member of “Those Who Lie Beyond”

Ronn Burton, founder of 19th Century Hound, opens their first show in Oklahoma City.  “Those Who Lie Beyond” is a fascinating theatrical journey.  The presentation style is a new form of theatre that is sweeping the country, and Oklahoma’s diverse theatrical community finds an exciting thrill in this brand-new genre.  The idea of immersive theatre is to remove the ‘fourth wall’ between stage and audience, combining the two spaces into one.  The audience becomes an integral part of the performance, sometimes as a… Continue reading

Oklahoma University’s Wartime Drama Dogfight is Beautiful and Heartbreaking

Katja Rivera Yanko (L) and Daryl Tofa (R) as Rose and Birdlace in OU’s Dogfight. photo by Mutz Photography

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and Oklahoma University present the musical Dogfight, a beautiful and haunting story of innocence, love, and things lost. Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Dogfight follows a group of young Marines on their last night of freedom before shipping off to serve their country in 1961. The 60s brought the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, the assassination of a president, and a conflict in an unknown jungle… Continue reading

This Veterans Day Join OCCC and CityRep Presenting Stephen Lang in “BEYOND GLORY”

Stephen Lang in “Beyond Glory”

In days of old our heroes were warriors, King Arthur, Winston Churchill, General George Patton…the heroes of our fathers and ourselves.  But nowadays our heroes are often movie stars, Robert Shaw, Robert Redford, Robert Hardy, Katharine Hepburn and Stephen Lang.  Stephen Lang, now there is a hero movie star, and he has let us know his heroes.  The Medal of Honor Recipients he portrays in “Beyond Glory” must be his heroes.  Larry Smith’s book “Beyond Glory” contains the personal stories of 23 Medal of Honor Recipients… Continue reading

Oklahoma City University Presents an Excellent “Julius Cæsar”

Oklahoma City University is presenting “Julius Caesar” a historical tragedy by William Shakespeare.  This production has been adapted by D. Lance Marsh, who directs “Julius Caesar” with a student cast of exceptional actors.  “Julius Caesar” is different in many ways from typical Shakespeare as it lacks the contrived confusion we have come to know in his romances and comedies. The language is pure Shakespeare, of course, but very crisp and the action is quite straightforward. “Julius Caesar” is the most often quoted of Shakespearean plays, as it is so full of excellent ‘sound bytes’ that can be… Continue reading

“Ghost Stories and Wholesome Halloween Fun” Friday in Guthrie, Oklahoma

The Invisible Theater Company is performing “Ghost Stories and Wholesome Halloween Fun” this Friday evening (October 26, 2018) at the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple, 900 East Oklahoma Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma.  There is a raven in the temple….

Sponsored by the Guthrie Scottish Rite Lodges # 35 and # 162, and Guthrie Ace Hardware, the production includes a selection of great Halloween stories such as “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and other wonderful classics.  The presentation is done in a reader’s theatre format concentrating on the vocal presentation rather than a full scale production with scenery… Continue reading

Carpenter Square presents “Slasher” with a Dull Edge

Peter Fischaber as Marc Hunter directs a murderous scene in ‘Bloodbath’ with Jessica Biel as Sheena (last girl) being threated by Matthew Moreillon as Jodi Joshi.

“Slasher” is a hilariously camp spoof of popular slasher movies now turned to theatre. A young waitress in Austin, Texas, Sheena McKinney, is savvy—and her chance meeting with a movie director is the opportunity of her lifetime. Her mother, Frances, is disabled, bound to her wheelchair. She is also quite mad—a combination of insanity and raging feminism boil within her. The younger sister, Hildy, is just trying to pass chemistry. Sheena is offered… Continue reading

All You Need is Music… and a LOT of Hairspray!

Phoebe Butts and the cast of Hairspray at Sooner Theatre. Photo credit Wendy Mutz Photography.

Hairspray is presented by Sooner Theatre and directed by Jennifer Teel. Music direction is by Mervin Tay. Hairspray is a fun little ditty of a show about the 1960s, black and white television ads, aerosol cans of styling products, and bouncy teenager Tracy Turnblad. Tracy is a devoted fan of the local teen dance television program “The Corny Collins Show”. Tracy and her best friend Penny set out to land a spot dancing in the show, and on the way discover a noble quest.… Continue reading

Rocky Horror is Back at The Boom and We’re So Glad!

 

Joshua McGowen as Frank N. Furter in The Boom’s Rocky Horror. Photo courtesy Rocky Horror cast

By Jillian Ball and Adrienne Proctor

Oh, Brad! The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Boom is an interactive crazy train that’s an absolute blast from start to finish.

Joshua McGowen is amazing as the twisted “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank N. Furter. McGowen embodies the role with heat and attitude, making his own tweaks while staying true to the original. His makeup is gorgeous and his attitude is sharp. He has the audience enthralled from the second he appears onstage. However… Continue reading

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