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OCU Stripped Presents "Birdie;" Seeks Musicals in Progress
OCU Stripped, Oklahoma City University’s student-run musical theater organization, will kick off its 2010-11 season with two free performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 in Petree Recital Hall. The group is also seeking submissions for in-progress musical theater pieces for its annual New Works Project. In February 2011, OCU Stripped will present three 45-minute excerpts from musicals chosen from submissions from across the nation. For details, contact ocustripped@gmail.com. Now in its sixth year at the Bass School of Music, OCU Stripped provides additional student performance opportunities and promotes the creation of new musicals, allowing students to explore leadership roles in directing and choreography. “Bye Bye Birdie” tells the tale of Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-style star drafted by the Army and of his visit to Sweet Apple, Ohio to kiss an all-American girl live on the Ed Sullivan Show. The musical satire won four Tony Awards during the 1959-60 Broadway season. “Bye Bye Birdie” features a cast of more than 30, with direction and choreography by junior music theater majors Billy Lowrimore and Brian Cowing. Music director is Connor Murphy, a sophomore piano performance major. For details on events at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, visit www.okcu.edu/music or www.facebook.com/bassschoolofmusic.