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Driving Force: The Pollard Opens Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy

Brenda Williams and Al Bostick rehearse for The Pollard’s Driving Miss Daisy.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie opens their highly anticipated Season 33 with Driving Miss Daisy. Featuring a legendary cast, Driving Miss Daisy is directed by Pollard artistic director W. Jerome Stevenson. Brenda Williams and Albert Bostick are reprising their roles as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, with company member James A. Hughes as Boolie Werthan. The 1987 play by Alfred Uhry won a Pulitzer Prize before becoming an Oscar-winning movie in 1989, starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It later enjoyed success with a revival… Continue reading

Pollard Theatre Kicks off Season 33 with Benefit Concert

 

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Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer performs for one night only, July 20th at the Pollard Theatre.

The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie is planning an exciting event! Billy Bob Bovine and the Embryo Transfer is a legendary local band and they’re bringing their tunes to the Pollard stage for one night only. Saturday, July 20th is the night, and all proceeds go towards the Pollard Theatre’s annual fundraiser. This concert event is a great opportunity to head out on the town, enjoy some great music, and support the arts. The Pollard Theatre has been bringing beautiful,… Continue reading

The Pollard’s In for a DISASTER!

 

The cast of The Pollard’s DISASTER! Photo by James Michael Avance.

What a Disaster! The Pollard closes out their 32nd season with one wild boat ride. Inspired by the 1970s natural disaster movies and the music of the disco era, Disaster! is a funny, low-brow comedy romp for (almost) all ages. The casino cruise ship where the chaos plays out rocks with hits of the 70s. Soon it rumbles and shakes as an earthquake wreaks havoc and sets off a cascade of impending doom. Killer tides, infernos, gas leaks, rats and sharks all threaten the evening and… Continue reading

INCOMING! The Pollard Prepares for Disaster!

 

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L to R: James A. Hughes, Kara Chapman, Erin Heatly, and Charlie Monnot rehearse for The Pollard’s Disaster! Photo by Jared Blount.

Downtown Guthrie this June is looking to be quite troubling. The Pollard Theatre’s upcoming production of Disaster!, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, pays tribute to the great music and stylized catastrophe movies of the 1970s. It includes a large cast full of comedic greats in the local theatre scene, and features some of the best music money can buy. Two of the production’s stars, Emily Pace and Matthew Alvin Brown, sat down with… Continue reading

Bonus Review: Beehive Is A Rockin’ Tribute to the 60s

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(L to R) Stef Fortney, Jennifer Teel and Megan Montgomery star in Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy Pollard Theatre Company.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is a hair raising good time for Pollard patrons. Susan Riley serves as narrator and she takes us from 1960, with the girl groups and iconic hairdos, all the way to Woodstock in 1969. Seen through the eyes of someone coming of age during this infamous decade, Beehive shows what it truly felt like to live while this era was unfolding. Music reflected the changing times as female empowerment began to take hold.… Continue reading

Beehive: The 60s Musical Returns to The Pollard

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Beehive: The 60s Musical. Photo courtesy The Pollard Theatre.

Beehive: The 60s Musical is the ultimate celebration of female empowerment, music, fashion, and hairdos that defined an era. The 1960s were a time of great change for American history, and with it came some of the best music by the most iconic artists. Beehive celebrates these feminine revolutionaries and features some of their most recognizable tunes.  Audiences will love hearing “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Natural Woman” and more.

Timothy Stewart directs this revival production, which is returning to the… Continue reading

It’s Practically Love for The Pollard’s Almost, Maine

 

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The Pollard Theatre’s Valentine season play Almost, Maine is a love story in nine parts, featuring four actors who each portray several characters. Almost is a township that isn’t quite a town, and the citizens there are very nearly finding love on a snowy winter night. Though charming and simple, the challenge for the story is rather complex. The actors must portray four or five characters each, all of whom are only in one scene. The characters are mentioned again in subsequent vignettes, but never appear on stage after the vignette ends. Every time a scene goes… Continue reading

Come in From the Cold and Warm Your Heart with Almost, Maine

It’s cold outside! The northern U.S. is experiencing subzero temps, and even temperate Oklahoma is blustery and chilly by February. What better way to treat your Valentine than to snuggle up in a cozy theatre and warm up with a love story. Actor and playwright John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine is the perfect show for just that. One of the most produced plays in the U.S., four thousand theatre companies have produced it so far, and it has surpassed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in high school productions.

The play about the town that almost is and isn’t quite finds… 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

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