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OFFICIAL PROGRAM OF THE KRISTIN CHENOWETH THEATRE VOLUME NINE, ISSUE ONE


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welcome back Welcome to the ninth season of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and the 2017-18 Spotlight Series! We are so honored and thrilled to have you in attendance this evening in our incredible, newlyrenovated theatre. At the heart of the Rose District, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center is “bringing the world to Broken Arrow” again this year. I am so very humbled to now take on the role as the Executive Director of the BAPAC, stepping into the shoes of Mark Frie, who molded and shaped this facility for the past eight years. The last three years as the events director has given me a well-rounded education into the world of theatre and how this welloiled machine runs. I take great pleasure in offering my experience to you and our community to continue the family atmosphere we pride ourselves on and the continuation of the great entertainment opportunities that we offer to our patrons and students. Through the efforts of ARTSOK The Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow, we bring you a wide variety of entertainment this season that is sure to get you out of your seat with applause. This season brings the 12-time Tony-winning duo Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, Broadway legend Betty Buckley, the out of this world comedy of William Shatner, our strongest Broadway musical season ever and the amazing talent of six Julliard trained siblings to celebrate the holidays. Needless to say, the talent gracing our stage is unmatched. As we begin the new season, I’d like to say a heart-felt thank you to YOU, our patrons, for supporting the arts by attending tonight. To our volunteers, generous sponsors, hard-working PAC staff, Broken Arrow Public Schools, ARTSOK Board of Directors and the city of Broken Arrow–thank you for making our theatre an outstanding place to enjoy the best in entertainment. I look forward to serving you and all those that step through our doors. Enjoy the show, Kim Vento Executive Director Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Kristin Chenoweth Theatre

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center 701 South Main Street Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012 918.259.5778 | brokenarrowpac.com Owned and operated by Broken Arrow Public Schools Independent School District No. 3 Dr. Janet Dunlop, Superintendent PERFORMING ARTS CENTER STAFF Kim Vento Executive Director, Performing Arts Center kim@brokenarrowpac.com Kate Pike Box Office/Patron Relations kate@brokenarrowpac.com Scott Heberling Technical Director scott@brokenarrowpac.com Curt Cox Technical Assistant ccox@baschools.org 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, call 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 Kim Vento Lynda Wingo


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The ninth season of the BAPAC Spotlight Series is filled with legendary Broadway shows, a few surprises— and a certain Trekkie. Since 2009, the Broken Arrow PAC has been the cornerstone of the Rose District in downtown BA and continually encourages the community to embrace a variety of performing arts. Eight big shows fill this season, brought to you by ARTSOK The Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow and AVB Bank.

Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune (Sept. 19, 2017)

CHITA & TUNE is a unique concert event that pairs two of Broadway’s most celebrated legends. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune collectively have won 12 Tony Awards and this iconic Broadway coupling is guaranteed to dazzle audiences everywhere. Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. Tommy Tune has enchanted audiences for decades with his charisma, vision, and innovation. He has been honored with 10 Tony Awards recognizing him as an outstanding performer, choreographer, and director: Best Actor in a Musical for “My One and Only,” Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Seesaw,” Best Choreography for “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies,” and Best Direction of a Musical for “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.”

Betty Buckley (Oct. 21, 2017)

Betty who has been called “The Voice BAHS Buckley, Show Choir of Broadway,” is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/

singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in “Triumph of Love,” and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.

William Shatner: Shatner’s World (Nov. 4, 2017)

In “Shatner’s World”…a one-man force of nature delivers a larger-than-life performance complete with his laugh-out-loud humor, signature storytelling and select musical numbers in his inimitable style. Through anecdotes, songs, jokes and even some poignant moments, you will experience William Shatner’s phenomenal path from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, brilliantly creating the most important character he has ever played… William Shatner.

“The Wizard of Oz” (Nov. 11, 2017)

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful “Wizard of Oz” twists its way into your city! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, “the Wizard of


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hor ninth Spotlight Series season Oz” will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.

Christmas with The Annie Moses Band (Dec. 10, 2017)

Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs stunning arrangements of holiday favorites. Strings, harp, and soaring vocals take the stage to re-imagine classic melodies and to debut originals that are sure to become classic. From the electrifying rhythm of “Carol of the Bells” to the breath-taking beauty of “O Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band” is a cinematic journey audiences are sure to love.

“Cabaret” (Jan. 14, 2018)

As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Same Mendes (“Skyfall,” “American Beauty”) and Rob Marshall’s (“Into the Woods” and “Chicago,” the films) Tony Award®-winning production of “Cabaret.” Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at “Cabaret,” John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s

Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Gobsmacked! (Jan. 30, 2018)

Direct from sell out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing vocal show Gobsmacked! the latest sensation from the UK. This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice. Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of worldclass vocalists, Gobsmacked! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping. Heart stopping singing and jaw dropping beatboxing guarantees the audience will leave with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. Gobsmacked! is the latest break-out show that everyone is talking about – it’s funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (April 19, 2018)

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.


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Getting the Boot

Third annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Boot Camp brings stars to Broken Arrow The third time was the charm as Kristin Chenoweth invited a few “friends” to the annual Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Boot Camp in June of 2017. The all-star faculty included a who’s who of Broadway legends, award-winners, behind the scenes movers and shakers and more, including Chenoweth, Faith Prince, Lara Teeter, Baayork Lee, John Tartaglia, Richard JayAlexander, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Michael Orland, Bruce Glikas and more. The week was action-packed for the 45 students chosen out of 500 who auditioned. With a Kristinhosted Tony Awards viewing party, Broadway costume dance party, video messages from Broadway elite, new headshots and resumes and the camp itself, the experience changed not only the lives of the students, but some of the camp faculty as well. “Something about this unique group of teens and an equally unique faculty, with varying skill-sets and accomplishments, melded during these six days, where

everyone was on the same plane and playing field,” said Jay-Alexander. The week was capped off with the inaugural KRISTI Awards, where 22 KRISTIs were presented to various campers, based on observations made by the faculty during the week of classes, training, rehearsals and social time. “I saw the kids hug each other and cry after our last night together. They held onto their KRISTI Awards as first-time recipients, and held onto their hearts and friends as they said goodbye,” said Chenoweth. “But as the staff and I have come to understand, nobody ever says goodbye to an experience like this. They take it with them for the rest of their lives.” Auditions for the fourth Broadway Boot Camp will likely be in February of 2018. More information will be posted on the BAPAC website and social media channels as it becomes available.


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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!

• 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.

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.

• The BAPAC is a tobacco- and alcohol-free facility.

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• Please be sensitive to your neighbors by refraining from talking or wearing heavy perfumes.

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 kim@brokenarrowpac.com.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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- Vol. Nine, Issue One  

Centerstage is the official program of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, Broken Arrow, OK