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UNIVERSITY THEATRE 2017-2018 SEASON


W E A PPR EC I AT E O UR SE A S ON SP O NS OR! 132 W MAIN STREET NORMAN, OK 73069

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University Theatre is total entertainment! University Theatre has carefully selected a season of plays, musicals, operas and dance productions that will take your breath away. Some are familiar, some are new, some are traditional and some are surprising.

Pick the package that’s right for you! COMPLETE PACKAGE This package gives you the entire season of “LIVE” theatrical entertainment with nine exciting productions of dance, drama, opera and musical theatre. VARIETY PACKAGE Sample four entertaining productions throughout the season, one each of dance, drama, opera and musical theatre.

Benefits for our valued subscribers! PRIORITY SEATING Subscribers receive first choice of the best seats in the house. GREAT SAVINGS Purchase season tickets and save up to 24 percent off the single-ticket price. DELIVERY OF TICKETS For your convenience, tickets are mailed directly to you, eliminating waiting in line. EXCLUSIVE EXCHANGE PRIVILEGES Only season subscribers can exchange tickets at no charge. REPLACEMENT TICKETS Should your tickets be lost, replacement tickets are provided as a courtesy.


Welcome from the University Theatre Producer Dear University Theatre Friends and Patrons, First, I would like to express the thanks of all at University Theatre for your interest in our students, programs and the theatrical arts! All of us – designers, directors, technicians, performers, and staff – deeply appreciate your interest in our productions as well as your support of our dedicated efforts to bring you productions that ignite the imagination, raise questions, share the joys and concerns of the human condition, and transport you to other worlds and experiences. The season that will open in only a few weeks will be no exception! We invite you to “Catch a Rising Star” of an actor, designer, dancer, technician, or director from our award-winning programs in a season sure to delight, whether through the Technicolor world of Hollywood, the magic of a lakeside love story, or children caught in a gingerbread adventure! The hilarity of an itinerant troupe of actors, the emotion and power of modern dance, the Gershwin brothers’ favorite tunes, tragedy in the ruins of a Scottish castle, and a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice provide even more memorable moments for rising stars to shine bright on the ascent of their careers! Be certain to relish every minute of University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season and order your season tickets today. Oklahoma summer heat is on the rise, and our scenic and costume designs are also on the rise in our shops and studios – they’ll be ready and waiting for you in September as you Catch a Rising Star and more! – at University Theatre. I can’t wait to see you there! With thanks and best wishes,

Mary Margaret Holt University Theatre Producer Dean, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts


A Broadway smash hit —The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, nine Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.

CITY OF ANGELS Book by Larry Gelbart, Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel Directed by Shawn Churchman 8 p.m. Sept. 22, 23, 28-30 • 3 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1 Weitzenhoffer Theatre

When Hollywood offers New York novelist Stine the opportunity to adapt his book into a film for the silver screen, he packs up and moves to the home of perpetual sunshine, palm trees and stars. The Tony Award-winning musical City of Angels moves between the beautiful Technicolor world of Hollywood and Stine’s glamorous film noir of the same title. While Stine’s movie plays out in black and white, he finds the dangerous temptations of the world of Los Angeles – the beautiful women, the lure of fame, the artistic compromises being made right and left – all too colorful. This production includes adult themes, film noir violence, some suggestive dialogue and some sexual content.

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“IT MADE ME COMPLETELY RETHINK MY AESTHETIC...” - ARISTOTLE

“I LAUGHED SO HARD, I TOOTED” - THOMAS THE TRAIN

“DON’T MISS IT”

- WILLIAM TELL

“OUT OF THIS WORLD!” - CARL SAGAN

“MIND-BENDING FARCE” - TIMOTHY LEARY

“MARVELOUS ROMP...” - RICHARD NIXON

“I NEVER MET A SARDINE I DIDN’T LIKE!” - WILL ROGERS

“YOU’LL GET A KICK OUT OF IT” - BRUCE LEE

“BRILLIANT AND ENLIGHTENING” - THOMAS EDISON


“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.” - The New York Times

NOISES OFF Book by Michael Frayn Directed by Tom Huston Orr 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27 • 3 p.m. Oct. 22, 29 Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Called the funniest farce ever written, Olivier and Tony Awardwinning playwright Michael Frayn’s Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of hijinks and hilarity, as a cast of itinerant actors rehearse and perform a struggling production of Nothing’s On. Just when they start getting it right, everything goes wrong!

This production contains adult themes, suggested sexual situations, and adult language.

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“Swan Lake, Act II, is one of the most beloved of all classical ballets for ballerinas and audiences alike.” - George Balanchine

OKLAHOMA

FESTIVAL

BALLET including

Swan Lake, Act II Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

8 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10 • 3 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre Join us for an exceptional evening of contemporary and classical ballet with Swan Lake, Act II as its centerpiece. Be swept away in a balletic fairy tale of love promised and challenged by evil in a magical lakeside setting. In addition, guest choreographer Trey McIntyre delights audiences with the premier of his new contemporary ballet as he joins School of Dance faculty choreographers Michael Bearden, Jeremy Lindberg and Clara Cravey Stanley in creating a memorable, moving evening of ballet. This production is suitable for all audiences.

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A special holiday event for the entire family!

HANSEL AND GRETEL Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck Libretto by Adelheid Wette Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director Stage direction by William Ferrara 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 • 3 p.m. Dec. 3 Reynolds Performing Arts Center Gingerbread Alert! Missing children last seen entering an enchanted forest! Evidence found at the scene: a trail of breadcrumbs, guardian angels, and a suspicious witch riding a broomstick in the vicinity. If you have any information, please contact the authorities at OU Opera Theatre! Presented in English.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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An entire evening of choreographic premieres you must see!

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 27 • 3 p.m. Jan. 28 Reynolds Performing Arts Center A perennial favorite, Young Choreographers’ Showcase features new and innovative choreography created by School of Dance students especially selected for this production. Featuring dance works from the full spectrum of movement styles, with lighting design by students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, Young Choreographers’ Showcase never fails to entertain and inspire.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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“Nice Work features a portable fireworks kit of dazzlers ‘Someone to Watch Over Me,’ ‘Do It Again’ guaranteed to charm just about anyone, theater fan or not.” - Entertainment Weekly

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin Book by Joe DiPietro Directed by Lyn Cramer Choreography by Kristen Beth Williams, Broadway star and OU Alumna 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17 • 3 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre The roaring twenties brings together a cast of outrageous characters in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But, when the playboy meets a gutsy bootlegger who melts his heart, nothing goes as planned. Enjoy the glitz and glamour of this production, featuring some of the most memorable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

This production includes slapstick comedy, jazzy dance numbers and the occasional tender ballad.

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Award-winning choreographer David Hochoy creates an exhilarating new dance work.

CONTEMPORARY

DANCE

OKLAHOMA Choreography by Austin Hartel, Roxanne Lyst and David Hochoy, guest choreographer 8 p.m. March 2, 3, 9, 10 • 3 p.m. March 4, 11 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma examines the creative range of modern dance, featuring choreography that is abstract, moodinspired, and narrative. Guest choreographer David Hochoy of Dance Kaleidoscope joins OU faculty choreographers Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst in challenging our dancers and entertaining our audiences. Enjoy this engaging exploration of the human condition expressed by the dynamic performance of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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Take the plunge into madness with Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece.

LUCIA DI

LAMMERMOOR Composed by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano Conducted by Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director Stage direction by William Ferrara 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 7 • 3 p.m. April 8 Reynolds Performing Arts Center A ruined castle in the Scottish Highlands is the setting for Sir Walter Scott’s eerie Gothic romance. Torn by a family feud and forced into an arranged marriage, Lucia loses her mind and murders her bridegroom on their wedding night. This production of Donizetti’s gorgeous opera will feature lavish costumes, sets, full orchestra, and chorus. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

This production contains adult themes and violence.

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“Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

ALICE IN

WONDERLAND Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus Original book by Lewis Carroll Directed by Judith Midyett Pender 8 p.m. April 20, 21, 27, 28 • 3 p.m. April 22, 29 Elsie C. Brackett Theatre Come make memories with your children as you travel down the rabbit hole into the delightful world of Wonderland. Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus have deftly adapted Lewis Carroll’s classic works, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, into a sumptuous spectacle of intrigue and excitement fit for the whole family.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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PACKAGE SERIES AND POLICIES CHOOSE A SERIES FOR YOUR PACKAGE SERIES 1st FRIDAY

SERIES 2nd FRIDAY

SERIES 1st SATURDAY

SERIES 2nd SATURDAY

SERIES 1st SUNDAY

SERIES 2nd SUNDAY

City of Angels - Sept. 22 Noises Off - Oct. 20 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 3 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 1 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 26 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 9 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 2 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 6 Alice in Wonderland - April 20 City of Angels - Sept. 23 Noises Off - Oct. 21 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 4 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 2 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 27 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 10 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 3 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 7 Alice in Wonderland - April 21 City of Angels - Sept. 24 Noises Off - Oct. 22 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 5 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 3 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 28 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 11 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 4 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 8 Alice in Wonderland - April 22

City of Angels - Sept. 29 Noises Off - Oct. 27 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 10 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 1 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 26 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 16 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 9 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 6 Alice in Wonderland - April 27 City of Angels - Sept. 30 Noises Off - Oct. 21 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 4 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 2 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 27 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 17 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 10 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 7 Alice in Wonderland - April 28 City of Angels - Oct. 1 Noises Off - Oct. 29 Oklahoma Festival Ballet - Nov. 12 Hansel and Gretel - Dec. 3 Young Choreographers’ Showcase - Jan. 28 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Feb. 18 Contemporary Dance Oklahoma - March 11 Lucia di Lammermoor - April 8 Alice in Wonderland - April 29

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UNIVERSITY THEATRE 2017-2018 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM

UNIVERSITY THEATRE

Mail completed form by Sept. 15 2017, for priority processing. SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION: Name: __________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________ State: _______ ZIP: ___________ Phone: ____________________ Email: __________________________________ SELECT PACKAGE: (check one) ____ COMPLETE PACKAGE (includes nine productions throughout the theatre season) ____ VARIETY PACKAGE (circle one of each: drama, opera, musical and dance production) DRAMA: Noises Off -or- Alice in Wonderland OPERA: Hansel and Gretel -or- Lucia di Lammermoor MUSICAL: City of Angels -or- Nice Work If You Can Get It DANCE: Oklahoma Festival Ballet -or- Young Choreographers’ Showcase -or- Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

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