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Pollard Delivers a Wonder with “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

 

Joshua McGowen, Kara Chapman, and Jared Blount (Foley artist) “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Photo courtesy of The Pollard Theatre

In “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” playwright Joe Landry paid great homage to Frank Capra’s classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946.  Joshua McGowen continues that by paying homage to Jimmy Stewart’s captivating performance in the beloved movie.  Under director W. Jerome Stevenson’s thoughtful guidance, McGowen adopts Stewart’s distinctive speech pattern and mannerism, while making the character his own.  The radio play takes us back to a typical… Continue reading

Nostalgia and Holiday Memories Blend Beautifully in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

 

The cast of The Pollard’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Historic Guthrie at Christmas is one of the most magical experiences in Oklahoma. The Pollard Theatre is a pivotal part of the traditional Christmas celebrations, and this year they’re offering a different story from the one they’ve become famous for. After the deaths of two important artists who helped create The Territorial Christmas Story, beloved Scrooge James Ong and playwright Stephen P. Scott, the company has decided to give themselves a year-long deep breath to recoup, and redesign, their traditional Christmas staple. This… Continue reading

Jewel Box Theatre Tremendously Thrills with “The Games Afoot”

Tad Thurston as Felix Geisel (left) and Don Taylor as William Gillette (right) manhandle the slightly floppy remains of Mariah Warren as Daria Chase. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

“The Games Afoot” or “Holmes for the Holidays” is Ken Ludwig’s exciting tribute to William Gillette, famous actor and playwright, and of course Sherlock Holmes.  Gillette wrote the very successful “Sherlock Holmes” with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle collaborating.  Gillette also starred in the production giving over 1300 performances in more than 30 years.  That production was a renowned success making Gillette a wealthy man.  As… Continue reading

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