SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 06
An edgy off-Broadway hit, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American thriller, and operatic favorites from Mozart and Strauss highlight the 58th season for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company at Oklahoma City University.
OCU opens its season Sept. 25-27 with “Children of Eden,” inspired by the Book of Genesis and written by the creator of Broadway hits “Wicked” and “Godspell.”
“The work of which I am most proud is ‘Children of Eden,’” said composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. “I think it’s my best score musically. There are more of the themes that I return to over and over – personal responsibility, rebellion, intellectual independence, as well as overcoming family dysfunctions -- in this work than in any of my other shows.”
The musical features Adam and Eve and Noah and his family in an exploration of the love and conflict within families and between generations.
“Children of Eden” will be performed at the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center of OCU’s Bass School of Music. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Director David Herendeen will present a free curtain talk 45 minutes before each performance. The show is rated G.
Tickets ($12-$25) are available from (405) 208.5227. Groups of 10 or more qualify for a 20 percent discount.
The season continues with the underground camp-horror hit – and off-Broadway smash – “Bat Boy: The Musical,” ripped from tabloid headlines. All tickets are $10 for the Halloween weekend performances, held Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Burg Theater. Rated PG-13.
The weekend before Thanksgiving features the Strauss favorite “Die Fledermaus,” hailed as the ultimate Viennese operetta. Performances are Nov. 20-22, in English, on the Kirkpatrick main stage with full orchestra. Tickets are $12-$25. Rated G.
Mozart’s masterpiece “Don Giovanni” will play Kirkpatrick Auditorium Feb. 26-28. The retelling of the Don Juan legend blends dramatic, comedic and supernatural elements with memorable melodies and a rich orchestral score. Tickets are $12-$25. Rated PG-13.
The dramatic Pulitzer Prize-winning chamber opera “The Consul,” from Gian Carlo Menotti, is featured March 26-28 in a spotlight presentation with piano accompaniment. The tension-filled plot revolved around an increasingly bureaucratic world where human lives could be reduced to paperwork and filed away. All seats are $10. Rated PG.
The season closes April 23-25 with “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the 2002 Tony Award winner for best musical. The comedy, set in the Roaring Twenties, was inspired by the 1967 movie musical about the adventures of a Kansas girl who heads for New York City with the thoroughly modern goal of marrying a millionaire. Rated G.
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is home to the oldest continuously operating collegiate opera and music theater company in the nation. Alumni include Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth; Sarah Coburn, 2009 Washington National Artist of the Year Sarah Coburn; and three-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. For more information, visit www.okcu.edu/music.