Publisher: Elizabeth Hurd / Managing Director: Adrienne Proctor / Editor: Jillian Pritchard Ball

Lyric Theatre

A Theatre Reviewer Rambles: Meet Adrienne!

photo by Sami Marie photography

Hello! I’m Adrienne, the Managing Director of Oklahoma Art Scene and Hurd. I just graduated with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Administration & Logistics from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. It has NOTHING to do with theatre, but it’s helped me in all aspects of my writing! I started with Scene and Hurd in 2017. The first show I reviewed was a directed reading of “Bathrobe Club” by Adam Davies. The first full production I reviewed was Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon at Carpenter Square Theatre, and it’s still one of my favorites!… Continue reading

Start the New Year Right with Lyric’s The Cat in the Hat

Lexi Windsor as Fish, Josiah Brooks as The Cat in the Hat, and Eli Bradley as The Boy. photo by K. Talley Photography.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma produces high-quality, entertaining theatre for the whole family. Their Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) series offers exciting, professional theatre for the youngest patrons, and it’s always enjoyable for their parents too. Children are just as deserving of memorable theatrical experiences as their adult counterparts, and the Lyric’s TYA is sure to spark a lifelong love of live theatre for all who attend.

Kicking off 2020 is the latest in Lyric’s TYA series, Dr.… Continue reading

Washington, DC Based Monumental Theatre Prepares to Open 2020 Season

D.C.’s Monumental Theatre Company opens their 2020 season in March. Photo provided.

Founded in 2015 by collaborative artists Beth Amann, Jimmy Mavrikes, and Michael Windsor, Monumental Theatre Company is an innovative and exciting young theatre in a rich treasure trove for the arts- our nation’s capital. While DC is far from OKC, the theatre scenes in these two cities have a unique connection. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron previously held an Associate Artistic Director Role at Signature Theatre in DC. Signature and Lyric frequently collaborate, and the result is a lovely relationship between many DC based… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre’s A Christmas Carol Honors the Holiday Season

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Dirk Lumbard and Charlie Monnot in Lyric’s A Christmas Carol. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

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

The Lyric Academy’s Marvel Spotlight Highlights Great Fun

Squirrel Girl Goes to College

The Squirrel Chorus of Squirrel Girl Goes to College.

The Thelma Gaylord Academy presents a fun set of One Act plays. Marvel Spotlight features superheroes, both known and somewhat unknown, in a new light. In Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play, a teenaged Thor is facing his exams. Not one to make things easy on him, Loki gets up to his usual antics and tricks Thor into getting, well, hammered. In Squirrel Girl Goes to College, a young Doreen Green is just trying to live a normal life and make normal friends, despite the ever-present Doctor Doom… Continue reading

Lyric’s Holiday Staple A Christmas Carol returns for 9th Year

Myles Currin-Moore as Tiny Tim and Dirk Lumbard as Ebenezer Scrooge. Photo by KO Rinearson.

Lyric Theatre’s beloved Holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, returns to the Plaza this Christmas season. Based on the novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a now mythical character first created in Victorian Era England at a time when Christmas wasn’t the annual celebration that it is today. In fact, Christmas wasn’t really celebrated at all, and the ideas of Christmas trees, carols, and holiday parties were considered westernized and trendy. Charles Dickens wrote the story, subtitled… Continue reading

The Lyric Academy’s Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect!

Mary Poppins

The Thelma Gaylord Academy’s Mary Poppins.

Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy produces top-notch, professional quality theatre for OKC patrons. By utilizing their students, they present a unique experience and a chance for young artists to hone their artistry and technical skills. Their fall production of Mary Poppins is challenging, a technical marvel, and an absolute delight. It’s a spoonful of sugar, and it goes down joyfully.

Mary Poppins is a beloved story for the ages. The 1964 Disney movie starring a youthful Julie Andrews as Mary and Dick Van Dyke as Bert is loved and cherished by the young and… Continue reading

Artist Spotlight: Kat Metcalfe

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Kat Metcalfe stars as Magenta/Usherette in Lyric Theatre’s Rocky Horror Show. Photo by Taylor Paulson.

October is beginning to look a lot like the holiday season warm-up. It’s busier than ever, especially for theatre. Artists, technicians, and reviewers alike are running crazy trying to get everything covered. This writer is LIVING for the tight schedule, just focusing on one musical, and one pumpkin spice latte, at a time.

One of those theatre artists, Kat Metcalfe, understands the hustle all too well. She’s currently in a hit run of The Rocky Horror Show at Lyric Theatre as Magenta/Usherette. The demanding… Continue reading

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again with Lyric’s Rocky Horror Show

Cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes a long-awaited return to Lyric’s Plaza Theatre! Shiver with anticipation no more. The Lyric only does this show every 3 years, and luckily it’s on in 2019! Rocky Horror has a following like no other, with an ability to raise the freak flags in even the most demure fans. Case in point: yours truly is planning to wear a corset and purple eyelashes to the show on opening weekend!

Rocky Horror is nearly nonsensical in the looseness of the plot. However, there’s a true perfection in it that can’t be found in any… Continue reading

Lyric Theatre’s Frost/Nixon Hits Close to Home

D. Lance Marsh as President Richard Nixon and Matthew Alvin Brown as David Frost. Photo by K. Talley Photography.

Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is based on the 1977 televised interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and the resigned and disgraced President Richard Nixon. When the Watergate scandal happened, the country became divided. The president resigned and was immediately pardoned, leaving the American people with none of the answers or justice they deserved. Americans lost faith in the political system. They became hardened by the idea that the very office they held in highest regard was nothing but a corrupt business.… Continue reading