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OCUStripped to Present New Musical Theater Works

OCUStripped, Oklahoma City University’s student-run musical theater group, will present excerpts from three new works Feb. 5 and 6 as part of its sixth annual New Musicals Project.

A 45-minute excerpt from each of the three winners – Placebo, Piggy inthe Middle, and Seasons – will be performed at the Bass School of Music’s 488-seat Petree Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The Spring New Works project is an excellent experience for composers and students alike,”said Margaret Dietrich, one of three OCUStripped student co-producers. “Students learn what it takes to cast, direct, and produce a new musical, andemerging composers get a chance to have their shows workshopped in a universitysetting. We were fortunate to receive so many excellent submissions and arelooking forward to seeing the chosen shows 'on their feet'."

OCU Stripped received a record 26 submissions from the United States, United Kingdom, and Denmark. Co-producing with Dietrich this year are Billy Lowrimore and Brian Cowing. 

Placebo, by University of Michigan students Danny Aabosch and Joshua Borths, follows the story of two brothers who persuade their town to purchase what they claim to bea miracle pill, invented by their late father. The pill is actually made ofnothing but sugar, but the town begins to credit it for performing miracles.

Piggy in the Middle, by British composers Andrew Pollard and Steven Markwick, is a playful retelling of the Three Little Pigs featuring a do-wop singing girl group and thewolf as a lascivious producer intent on exploiting their talents.

Seasons, by NewYork composers Katie Hammond and Elaine Pechacek, is an intimate look into the lives of four people: a young couple dealing with the unexpected and a motherand daughter trying to cope with breast cancer.

OCUStripped wasfounded in 2004 under the supervision of Dr. David Herendeen, director of OCU’sOklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. The selected excerpts are produced, directed and performed by students at the Bass School of Music. To qualify for consideration, shows must have been created or revised within the past five years.