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Dancing Reindeer, Heavenly Voices and Charles Dickens Denote Christmas at Oklahoma City University

 

Oklahoma City University student performers are practicing Santa kicklines, rehearsing Christmas carols and quoting Dickens as they gear up for three of Oklahoma City’s most popular Christmas shows.

 

Home for the Holidays

 

More than 150 students from Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management will take the stage Dec. 6 to 9 for Home for the Holidays. The annual Broadway-style dance extravaganza captures the spirit of the season with rocking swing numbers, hundreds of colorful costumes and a Nativity of Christ’s birth.

 

“The costumes are breathtaking and the state-of-the-art lighting produces a transcendent mood and magical experience,” said Director Jo Rowan.

 

Popular numbers this year include “March of the Toy Soldiers,” “Song for a Winter’s Night,” “Imaginary Guy,” “Baby Please Come Home” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

 

Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 in OCU’s Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The show is recommended for audience members ages 6 and up.

 

Rowan founded The American Spirit Dance Company in 1981 to celebrate America’s unique contributions to dance through jazz, tap and musical theater and providing students with professional performance opportunities. The company is critically acclaimed in the U.S. and overseas and has become one of the premier performing ensembles in central Oklahoma.

 

A Christmas Carol

 

TheatreOCU and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre will team up for a stage version of the quintessential Christmas story “A Christmas Carol” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 in Burg Theatre inside the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at Oklahoma City University.

 

The classic story by Charles Dickens is adapted by TheatreOCU Artistic Director D. Lance Marsh. Times are 11 a.m. Nov. 29, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Dec. 6, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

 

 

Christmas Vespers

 

More than 250 Oklahoma City University singers and orchestral musicians will celebrate “Songs of Comfort and Joy” at the 34th annual Christmas Vespers Dec. 7 and 8 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the OCU campus.

 

“This program blends familiar carols for the audience with Scripture and poetry while presenting some of most powerful music written for the seasons of Advent and Christmas,” said Randi Von Ellefson, OCU’s director of choral activities. “There are moments of grandeur and power as well as contemplative interludes of sheer beauty and quiet.”

 

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 7, and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. An instrumental prelude, spotlighting the OCU Symphony Orchestra, organ students and the Graduate Flute Quartet, begins 30 minutes before each performance.

 

Four OCU vocal ensembles will perform: the University Singers, Ad Astra Women’s Chorus, the University Men’s Chorus and the Chamber Choir.

 

"The program is designed to inspire and comfort people during the Advent season and to allow a sense of wonder and joy to enter their lives,” said Judith Willoughby, associate director of choral activities and the Wanda L. Bass Choral Chair.

 

The concert will feature Melissa Plamann, university organist, as well as the OCU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Benjamin Nilles.

 

For tickets or additional information about these performances, call the Oklahoma City University Ticket Office at (405) 208-5227 or visit www.okcu.edu/ticketoffice.