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Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center 701 South Main Street Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 918.259.5778 | Owned and operated by Broken Arrow Public Schools Independent School District No. 3 Dr. Janet Dunlop, Superintendent PERFORMING ARTS CENTER STAFF Mark Frie Executive Director, Performing Arts Center

welcome As I write this, I can’t believe that the first part of 2017 is already in the books. 2017 has already been an exciting year at the BAPAC. We held auditions in February for our third annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Bootcamp. Hundreds of students auditioned this year for a chance to be involved in a camp that teaches technique and performance skills from leading industry professionals including Faith Prince, Mary Mitchell Campbell, Richard Jay Alexander, Joel Ferrell, Kristin Chenoweth herself and a few surprise guests. The camp is a one-week experience that takes place June 12-16. This May, we will begin the process of building an addition on the west side of the facility to better serve our performers and user groups. We will also be opening a brand new box office in a more centralized location in the lobby to better serve our patrons. The new box office will also include new display cases for items from Ms. Chenoweth as well as new offices for BAPAC administrative staff. The 2017/2018 season promises to the biggest and best yet! I look forward to making that announcement during the curtain speech of Pippin on April 23. As 2017 begins, it gives me a chance to say thank you to all who make the BAPAC successful. From the ticket buyers, to the volunteers, to the generous sponsors, to the hard-working PAC staff–it all comes together to bring the world to Broken Arrow. I am truly humbled by the response. It’s been a phenomenal eight years, and I believe the future is brighter than ever. Have a wonderful 2017 and I’ll see you in the theatre. Best,

Mark Frie Executive Director Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Kristin Chenoweth Theatre

Kim Vento Events Director Kate Pike Box Office/Patron Relations Scott Heberling Technical Director CENTERSTAGE is the official program of the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, located in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. All contents herein are copyrighted and are the sole property of the BAPAC. For advertising and editorial content, contact the Assistant to the Executive Director at 918.259.5723. ARTSOK REGIONAL ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Frie, President Ed Tackett, Vice President Scott Eudey, Secretary Jeff Chism, Treasurer Heather Bryson Melinda Clonts LaTonya Cundiff Jennifer Deal Adam J. Foreman Greg Graham Janie Green Alisa Inglet Kelley Rash Craig Thurmond Warren Unsicker Lynda Wingo

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Newly-organized ARTSOK Alliance seeks

The partnership between Broken Arrow Public Schools, community leaders, Kristin Chenoweth and the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation has proven to be a unique and rare collaboration that has brought many amazing opportunities and gifts to Broken Arrow’s students, teachers and citizens. As the focus on the arts in Broken Arrow grows, so does the need for a unified organization to help in the development of its continued success. ARTSOK, the Regional Arts Alliance of


to unify Northeast Oklahoma arts scene

Broken Arrow, is an organization combining the strengths of the former Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation and the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council of Broken Arrow. This merger creates a unified arts organization with a broader reach and greater impact for the community. ARTSOK’s creation unifies fundraising efforts, provides greater diversity in programming, offers more grant opportunities and gives a stronger voice to arts advocacy at the local, state and national level. “Legislation in the state government is a vital and necessary part of keeping the arts alive in Oklahoma and beyond,” said Mark Frie, president of ARTSOK. “This is why we advocate for the arts with legislators, showing them the economic and quality of life impact arts has in our community. Approaching senators and representatives about funding for the arts is something we do no take lightly-and will continue to be a proponent of the arts for years to come.” Future plans for ARTSOK include maintaining all the great programming currently offered at the

BAPAC and programs such as Art After Hours, Art in Public Places, Chalk it Up, Poetry Slam, Tuesdays in the Park, The Spotlight Series, Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Boot Camp and Master Class events, after-school programs and many others. ARTSOK will also be an integral part in the construction of a new arts center in downtown Broken Arrow, bringing an even bigger impact of the arts to Broken Arrow, and enhancing arts education for its students and community.

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New ‘Greater Tuna’ tour reimagined with co-creator Williams directing Right Angle Entertainment and A Rising Tide Theatrical Group are pleased to announce the all new national tour of “Greater Tuna,” coming to the BAPAC April 1. It’s the hilarious hit comedy about the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, this time with coCreator Jaston Williams sitting in the Director’s chair. Although written and first performed over 30 years ago, the residents of Tuna could not be more up-todate. Contemporary politicians and The Religious Right have put the basis for the comedy in “Tuna” back on the front pages of today’s newspapers. Vera Carp is still leading the Smut Snatchers of the New Order in their campaign to clear the library shelves of dirty books like “Huckleberry Finn” and “Romeo and Juliet”. Elmer Watkins speaks up for the KKK, Petey Fisk argues for animal rights, and a celebrity murder is on the front page. UFO Sightings? A Fat, Overbearing Talk Show Host? Celebrity Murder? It’s not the cover of Time Magazine, it’s “Greater Tuna!”

With its humble beginnings at a Sixth Street cabaret in Austin, Texas in 1981, “Greater Tuna” came from the minds of master comedians Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, along with original director Ed Howard as the imaginative authors who parlayed the sketch into the critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the country ever since. Williams directs this all-new tour starring the fresh talents of Ryan Bailey, Tim Leavon and Will Mercer. “One of the things I am proudest of was ‘Greater Tuna’ being named Play of the Century by ‘Texas Monthly.’ Some people tend to think of the shows as an act for Joe Sears and myself, but the reality is that ‘Greater Tuna’ is a seriously constructed play produced all over the country with other actors,” said Williams. “I can say, I know these characters when I see them and I see them in this wonderful cast we have decided to work with.” For additional information about the show, please visit

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‘Pippin’ to delight audiences in April with new production, acrobatics “Pippin” is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. It graces the Broken Arrow stage on April 23. The musical tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land? Or does he strike out on his own, to find his own “corner of the sky?” “Pippin” is a play within a play. The story is told by a traveling troupe of actors and acrobats (called “Players”), directed by the mysterious Leading Player. Like a vaudeville act, the Players both act out the roles of the story and speak directly to the audience. Following its acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production comes straight from Broadway, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (“Hair” and “The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess”). It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation “Traces.” “Pippin” is noted for many Broadway

standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow” and “Love Song.” Hailed by the The New York Times as “astonishing, dazzling and awe-inspiring,” and called by the New York Post “a thrilling piece of eye-popping razzle dazzle,” “Pippin” is sure to delught audiences with its magic and unforgettable new presentation.

Home Again

Chenoweth brings Broadway, ‘Elegance’

After a whirlwind year for hometown girl Kristin Chenoweth, 2017 sees the Broadway star return to Broken Arrow for an intimate evening on May 6. 2016 saw Kristin return to the Broadway stage in “My Love Letter To Broadway,” a series of concerts that highlighted her diverse career. The show also included music from her latest album, “The Art Of Elegance,” which featured selections from the Great American Songbook. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic called the album “a lovely little record by any measure.” Chenoweth continued her streak by appearing as Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s “Hairpsray Live!,” earning rave reviews from The A.V. Club as one of the “biggest scene-stealers.” All of this comes together for “An Evening With Kristin Chenoweth,” which marks the award-winner’s first concert at the BAPAC since 2014 when she filmed “Coming Home” in her namesake theatre. The concert was later aired as part of the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival that November.

Kristin’s diversity and accomplishments have been numerous over the years. In November 2010, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for her achievements. She won a Tony Award for her role as Sally Brown in the Broadway musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She is also celebrated for originating the role of Glinda in “Wicked,” which also earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 2010, she appeared as Fran Kubelik in “Promises, Promises” alongside Sean Hayes. She returned to the stage in 2015 as Lily Garland in the revival of “On The Twentieth Century,” for which she won a Drama Desk Award. She won an Emmy Award for her performance as Olive Snook in the television dramedy “Pushing Daisies.” Chenoweth is also known on TV for playing Annabeth Schott in “The West Wing,” and April Rhodes in “Glee,” a role for which she was Emmy-nominated in 2010 and 2011. Her film credits include “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” “Running With Scissors,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Four Christmases,” “RV” and “Outrun.”

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Kristin Chenoweth gives back to the community with Arts & Education fund Hometown girl and multiple award-winner Kristin Chenoweth continues to take her love of the arts in Broken Arrow one step further with the Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund, an organization dedicated to elevating the arts in extraordinary young lives. This past summer, the Broadway Bootcamp took place in her theatre for the second year, a week-long exercise in music, drama, theatre and more in which more than 40 students from across the region learned the ins and outs of musical theatre.

Kristin surprises a Broadway Bootcamp student mid-performance.

The third annual master class was also recently held, in which Chenoweth joined 10 lucky students on stage and mentored them live in front of an audience. “Ms. Chenoweth has a heart for arts in education,” said Mark Frie, Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center executive director. “For this master class and for the camp, she brought together her love for her two alma maters—Broken Arrow Public Schools and Oklahoma City University—and created a unique opportunity for many high school and college students to further their creative arts aspirations.” Cattle call-style auditions were held in February and March of 2015 at the BAPAC and at Oklahoma City University. Answering that call were more than 200 students from grades nine through college level, with auditionees flying in from more than a dozen states. The camp taught audition techniques, stage movement and included Skype interviews with Broadway industry professionals. Dr. David Herendeen, director of musical theatre program at Oklahoma City University, lead the camp along with a small staff. “To me, true talent like we experience with Kristin is something that is not taught in school,” said Herendeen. “It has to do with a giving heart. So I can’t help but be excited about our new partnership in Broken Arrow. I’m going to find heart in the heartland for sure.” Kristin recently donated $20,000 from the Arts & Education Fund to Broken Arrow Public Schools’ fine arts vocal music programs. In a year of budget cuts, the donation came at a time when many arts programs are being cut from public schools. “I am so excited to partner with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center to help raise awareness for the arts in the city I call home,” said Chenoweth. “Giving back to the community is a privilege, and I feel most fortunate to be able to support educational and artistic opportunities in Broken Arrow.” To donate to the Arts & Education Fund, visit and click on the secure PayPal link.

The Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Education Fund recently donated $20,000 to Broken Arrow Public Schools’ fine arts programs.

Kristin poses with Broadway Bootcamp students.

Broadway Bootcamp students rehearse their group number.

Kristin mentors a student during the third annual Master Class.

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courtesy policy Thank you for joining us. We hope you enjoy your time at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. Please be aware of the following audience courtesy and safety policies which help ensure a pleasant theatre-going experience for all: As part of the Spotlight Series, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center invites you to be a part of history with your own Chair Plaque! Plaques are a great way to remember loved ones and honor those in the community. They are also perfect birthday presents, everyday gifts, Class of Fill-in-the-Year designations, advertising for your business or anything you can think of! Plaques are only $100 and are readily available! For more information, contact the BAPAC staff at 918-259-5778 or visit the box office during intermission.

sponsorship opportunities Corporate sponsorships of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center are a vital part of the success of not only the BAPAC, but also its programs and future endeavors. If you and your business would like more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Kim Vento at 918-259-5723 or email

• Please turn off all cellular and electronic devices or set them to silent mode. • There is no photography or recording of any kind, including cell phone camera use. • There is no food, drink or gum in the auditorium. You are more than welcome to enjoy your food or beverage in the lobby area before and after performances and during intermission. • The BAPAC is a tobacco- and alcohol-free facility. • It is the sole discretion of the House Manager to allow late entrance into a production. Please be advised to be early or on-time for feature performances. • Please be sensitive to your neighbors by refraining from talking or wearing heavy perfumes. • Children are most welcome at the BAPAC, but please note if a child becomes disruptive to other patrons, you may be asked to leave the auditorium. • If you have a hearing or sight issue, please see the House Manager for assistance. Assistive hearing devices are available at the box office.

Centerstage- Volume 8, Issue Four  

The official program of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Centerstage- Volume 8, Issue Four  

The official program of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma