“A Letter to the Depot” opens 2010 fall season at Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame‘s fall season opens on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, with “A Letter from the Depot”  at the Jazz Depot, 111 East First Street – upper level in Tulsa, OK.
Sandy Gardner’s original one-woman musical that will take audience participants back to the glory days of train travel. The second half of the show also will feature Sandy and the Chuck Gardner Trio, who will offer great jazz standards and a few surprises.  The trio consists of arranger and pianist Chuck Gardner, Bill Crosby on bass and Tony Yohe on drums. General admission is $15, and $10 for seniors and students. Front-row seating is available for $20 per person. For more information, call (918) 281-8600 or go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=2762&pid=6852081. Tickets will also be available the day of the show. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Laurette Willis featured in Playmakers Youth Theatre Workshop July 12-16, 2010

Laurette Willis, the Woman of 101 Voices, will be featured in a week-long youth theatre workshop, “Turn Tale and Perform,” from Monday, July 12, 2010 to Friday, July 16, 2010 at The Playmakers’ Theatre, 121 W. 3rd St., Grove, OK. 
The workshop is for students from third grade to 12th grade.
Ms. Willis has been praised by teachers and students alike in her storytelling workshops, and by many others who have seen her original “Women of…” series: “Women of the Frontier,” “Women of Shakespeare,” and “Women of the Oil Fields.” Her interpretations of Emily Dickenson and Belle Starr have also drawn praise. 
“We are pleased to be able to bring Ms. Willis to the participants in the workshop,” said Sandy McCabe of The Playmakers in a news release. “She will work with students once they have developed a folktale for the stage, prior to the performances. She will present a story for them, also, and as a special component, teach them the skills involved in ventriloquism.
Storytelling is an art form that has a basic kinship with theatre and the stage actor. The skills prevalent in both disciplines will give students a foundation in building a character, interpreting that character vocally, and improving breath control as well as in types of story-telling and their influence in other cultures. The students will learn to adapt a folktale for the stage and these creative theatre pieces will be presented for parents and friends on the last day of the workshop.
Sandy McCabe and Suzanne Boles will lead the workshop on other days. The fee for the 5-days is only $80/ student. Some scholarships will be available. For more information, call (918) 786-8950 on specific times and curriculum content. Students in the workshop will be grouped by age where necessary.
This workshop will be the first of more workshops to be part of the 2010-2011 after-school program. 

“Everybody Loves Opal” begins April 9 at Sapulpa Community Theatre

Sapulpa Community Theatre presents “Everybody Loves Opal” on April 9-11 and 16-18, 2010. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. and matinee performances are at 2 p.m. The theatre opens 30 minutes before show time. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.
“Everyone Loves Opal” is about Opal Kronkie, a middle-age recluse lives in a decaying mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general chaos of her home is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things – anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her friends, Opal responds with kindness and faith in the goodness of human nature.
Into her rather strange world come three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the cops. Opal’s menage is the perfect hideout, and she might be the remedy for their shattered finances. Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny, but here it is uproarious. The unsavory trio try to drug her and set the house on fire, and a plan for a hit-and-run accident backfires. Through it all, Opal radiates kindness, affection and strangely enough, gratitude. But the real clincher comes at the end when …
Sapulpa Community Theatre is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. Sapulpa Community Theatre is a member of Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatres, and the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Alliance. For more information, call (918) 227-2169 or e-mail 
stheatre@sbcglobal.net.

Broken Arrow Community Playhouse Presents “Bus Stop”

The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse (BACP) presents William Inge’s romantic comedy “Bus Stop” at 8 p.m. Feb. 5-6, 11-13, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Main Place at 1800 S. Main in downtown Broken Arrow.
The production is directed by Bob Papisan. According to a news release, this is Papisan’s directorial debut at the BACP. He previously directed several shows for the Kansas City Community Theatre. The “Bus Stop” cast consists of Sheila Alley, Ken Calkins, Samantha Smith, Sydney Rick, Terry Michael, Richard Perceful and John Hansen.
When William Inge’s play, “Bus Stop,” opened on Broadway March 2, 1955, it was an immediate commercial and critical success. Based on Inge’s earlier one-act play, “People in the Wind,” “Bus Stop involves a pair of young lovers and their struggle to find love in the modern world. It’s cold and snowy, the roads are closed and a bus can’t get through. The passengers must spend the night in a Kansas diner entertaining themselves as best they can. Flirtations and romances bloom. All roads are blocked, and four weary travelers have to take refuge until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She’s being pursued by a young cowboy with all the romantic finesse of a rodeo bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students, and $6 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to www.bacptheatre.com. Reservations may be made by calling the BACP box office at (918) 258-0077.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., the production is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Association.

50swats group examines death in production “The Grace Project”

50swats presents “The Grace Project” at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St., in Tulsa. 
Death is the theme in this brand-new show from the writers’ group 50swats, commissioned by Tulsa’s Grace Hospice. Short-form scenes and monologues examine the nature of death, in pieces alternately funny, disturbing, touching, and absurd. 
“The challenge of creating an entertaining bit of theater out of such a serious and daunting subject has been hard,” said a 50swats writer in a news release, “but if you can’t laugh at necrophilia, then the terrorists have won.”
Performance time is 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 22- 23, 29-30. Admission is $8. For more information, call (918) 633-8666, e-mail 
info@nightingaletheater.com or go online to http://www.nightingaletheater.com.




Muskogee Little Theatre continues “Miracle on 34th Street” this weekend

Muskogee Little Theatre will end its holiday production “Miracle on 34th Street” this weekend. The production, directed by Charles Mutch, is about Kris Kringle, who is the personification of good will and holiday spirit. As Macy’s holiday Santa, he enchants children and shoppers so completely that he is deemed dangerous by fellow employees who question his competency and plot to ruin him. A small girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in a climactic courtroom decision.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $10 for students. Advanced tickets may be reserved at Soundworld, 123 East Okmulgee, Muskogee by calling (918) 683-4901. Remaining tickets may also be available at the theatre box office, Cincinnati & D Street, Muskogee30 minutes prior to show. For more information, contact box office at (918) 683-5332. “Miracle on 34th Street” is sponsored with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council. For additional information,  visit www.muskogeelittletheatre.com.

Last chance! Auditions tonight for murder mystery dramedy “Night of January 16th”

Auditions for “Night of January 16th,” a murder mystery dramedy by Ayn Rand, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stone Canyon Elementary School, 7305 N. 177th East Ave. in Owasso (east on 76th street from Oklahoma State Highway 169).

A murder mystery with a twist, “Night of January 16th” by Ayn Rand, will keep audience members guessing. Who killed Bjorn Faulkner? You be the judge – no – you are the jury! Based on courtroom testimonies, drama, and comedy presented by the cast members, the guilt or innocence of the accused will actually be decided each performance by a jury selected from the audience.

Many adult male and females needed. No preparation is required for auditions. Performances will be Thursday, Jan. 21 through Saturday Jan. 23, 2010. Directed by George Romero. For more info, go to www.octok.org, call (918)237-1656, or e-mail info@octok.org.

“Vanities” presented this weekend at VanTrease PACE Studio Theater

Jack Heifner’s Broadway production “Vanities” (directed by William Carter) will be presented at 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at VanTrease PACE Studio Theater, Tulsa Community College’s Southeast Campus, 10300 E. 81st S. in Tulsa, OK.

“Vanities” is a bittersweet comedy that chronicles the lives of three small-town Texas girls deal with personal upheavals of the 1960s, as dreams wither and friendship turns sour. In 1963, Joanne, Kathy and Mary are presented as aggressively vivacious cheerleaders. Five years later in their college sorority house, they are forced to confront their future. In 1974, they reunite briefly in New York. Their friendship, which thrived once on assumption, is strained and ambiguous. Their attempts at honest conversation show that times have changed and they can no longer have very much in common.

For ticket information, call (918) 595-7777.

Sapulpa Community Theatre presents “Finders Creepers” this weekend

Sapulpa Community Theatre presents “Finders Creepers” by Donald Payton today though Sunday, Oct. 18 and Oct. 23-25. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Reservations are required.

Directed by Sean Ballard, “Finders Creepers” is a Halloween show that features Hercules Nelson. His aunt and uncle invite he and his best friend Lucas to spend the weekend with them. With suitcases in hand, the boys arrive at Uncle Bob’s to discover that Uncle Bob is a mortician, and there’s a funeral scheduled on Monday. Well, it’s not long before things start happening in ways that would put most brave men to
flight.

Needless to say, the boys are terrified until they find out that Mr. Quigley, the corpse, isn’t dead. Someone tried to knock him off while he was sleeping so he devised a plan: he’d make his family think he was dead, then show up at his funeral and trap the guilty party. No doubt Mr. Quigley had a good plan and no doubt things would have ended peacefully, but there are two things he failed to consider … Lucas Maxwell and Hercules Nelson.

The Sapulpa Community Theatre is at 124 S Water St. in Sapulpa, OK. For more information, call (918)227-2169 or send an e-mail to stheatre@sbcglobal.net.

Clark Youth Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It ”

Clark Youth Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 and 25; and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at Clark Theatre, 11440 E. Admiral Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The show is directed by Julie Tattershall.

Clark Theatre’s annual classic play for 2009 transports the audience to the mythical Forest of Arden, where they will follow the adventures of Rosalind, considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest female character. Forced to flee her evil uncle, she disguises herself as a boy and searches for her exiled father. Comedy and romance inevitably ensue. Containing Shakespeare’s classic “All the world’s a stage” monolog, “As You Like It” is one of his best-loved comedies.

Clark Theatre is a youth theater program and is part of the City of Tulsa Park and Recreation Department. Clark Theatre won the Tulsa Area Theatre Excellence award for Outstanding Youth Production for 2009. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. For more information, call (918) 669-6455 or (918) 746-5065, or go to clarktheatre.com. Watch the trailer: