By: Elizabeth Hurd
On Christmas Eve, 1951, NBC premiered the first opera written for television. It was called Amahl and the Night Visitors and it became a Christmas Eve tradition for 15 years. Gian Carlo Menotti, noted Italian-born American composer, based the opera on The Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch. Many families gathered in front of their television sets to view the opera and Amahl’s beautiful story. However, things change and in 1966 NBC decided to update their programming, but the story of… Continue reading
In 1994 noted performer and novelist Tom Mula released a slightly different take on the classic we all know and love by Charles Dickens called “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”. Now on stage, this story is being produced by the 3rd Act Theatre as a ‘Bonus’ production for Christmas. Doug Van Liew directs a cast of four on a very minimalist set, creating Mula’s version of “A Christmas Carol” from Marley’s viewpoint and… Continue reading
Jane Austen loved to write and she wrote well, publishing her novels anonymously and gaining a measure of respect. She wrote about life as she knew it and the importance of attending the right balls and garden parties. She gave us a glimpse of what behavioral ‘dance’ young couples had to perform in attempting to find a place in their future. Her novels are beloved by many, and although women today have fewer difficulties in creating a future, everyone… Continue reading
UCO’s Musical Theatre Christmas concert is a lovely holiday revue featuring Christmas numbers from a variety of stage musicals. There’s No Business Like Snow Business is a gloriously festive night at the UCO Jazz Lab. The show opens with the full cast performing “We Need a Little Christmas” and then breaking into smaller ensembles and solos. There are performances from several well-known Broadway shows, and they’re sung professionally by the UCO Musical Theatre students. The titles are helpfully displayed onscreen above the stage, and… Continue reading
It is a delightful and never-ending source of amazement to find the artistic level of talent in the heartland of Oklahoma. We have a number of great theatre groups producing outstanding productions to rival Broadway. This, of course, begins with the inspiration and education found in universities such as Oklahoma City University (OKCU) with outstanding music, theatre, art, and dance departments. The Oklahoma City University Theatre Department is presenting Tom Stoppard’s brilliant play “Arcadia” from December 5 through… Continue reading
The brightest age of entertainment may well have been in the days of radio, with great shows, like “The Shadow” and “Topper,” all full of wit, humor and the listener’s imagination. Each show had a sound effects man to recreate the sounds seen during the live presentation. Jack Donovan Foley refined many of these sounds and they are used extensively in Joe Landry’s “It’s a… Continue reading
Carpenter Square Theatre presents “Santaland Diaries” for a little holiday cheer. American humorist David Sedaris first presented “Santaland Diaries” as an essay on the Morning Edition of National Public Radio. The broadcast led to Joe Montello’s adaptation of the essay for stage, and the show has been a staple Christmas offering for theatre-goers looking for a little bah-humbugish humor. “Santaland Diaries” is a one-man show about the adventures of a Macy’s elf during the hectic Christmas season.
Linda McDonald… Continue reading
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is an intriguing and complex drama about the influences of science, nature, truth, time, and sex on our lives. The play is set in two time periods and centers on a grand English estate. In 1809, a young girl and her tutor are delving into deep issues, of the romantic and intellectual variety. In present day, two scholars seek to unlock the mysteries of the house and the secrets of those who lived there. Oklahoma City University’s production of Arcadia promises to be mysterious, deeply intricate… Continue reading
A central theme of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol is honoring Christmas. Not just during the holiday season, but year-round. Shortly after the publication of the famous novella, it was adapted for the stage and began its first production run in 1844. The Victorian Era story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the transformation he undergoes one fateful Christmas Eve is ubiquitous during the holiday season. Lyric Theatre’s adaptation by Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron is now in its ninth consecutive year, and it’s… Continue reading
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, presented an informative, moving and funny One-Woman Show by Sherry Jo Ward titled “Stiff” on November 20th, 2019.
OKC REP once again partnered with the OCU School of Theatre and professor Rick Reeves to present the Oklahoma premiere of this nationally acclaimed production.
The show took place at the intimate CitySpace location in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. It is due to the imagination and foresight of Jordan… Continue reading