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University Theatre Season 2019-2020


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Theatrical dreams do come true when you become a University Theatre season subscriber! Secure select seats at a great price and enjoy "Live" theatre created by our directors, designers, technicians, and performed
by talented OU Fine Arts students.

Three easy ways to purchase your season subscriptions, call (405) 325-4101, visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office in Catlett Music Center, or mail your subscription form to OU Fine Arts Box Office, 540 Parrington Oval, FJC 122, Norman, OK 73019. Season subscriptions on sale until Sept. 16.



Individual tickets go on sale beginning Sept. 16, 2019.


The Golden Cockerel

Wake up, danger awaits!

Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Libretto by Vladimir Belsky
After the poem “The Fairy Tale of the Golden Cockerel” by Alexander Pushkin

Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director and Conductor
William Ferrara, Stage Director/English translation

8 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 21
3 p.m. Sept. 22
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Old King Dodo worries about a surprise attack on his kingdom. A mysterious wizard presents Dodo with a magic rooster that will crow whenever danger threatens. The delighted King sets the cock on a spire, and the entire kingdom settles down for a long nap. Before long, the cock sounds the alarm, and Dodo sends his less-than-enthusiastic sons off to war. The king goes back to sleep, but soon the cock crows again and Dodo and his old Senators reluctantly gather their rusty armor and go off to war themselves. Pushkin’s silly political satire may turn out to be a “wake-up call” for us all!  Presented in English.

This production is suitable for all audiences.


Cabaret musical

Enjoy this Tony Award-winning musical,
old chum, come to the cabaret!


Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Lyn Cramer
Music Direction by Paul Christman

8 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12
3 p.m. Oct. 6, 13
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the garish Master of Ceremonies, expatriate entertainer Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd to leave their troubles outside. But, as life in pre-World War II Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through these dangerous times?

Masteroff, Kander and Ebb created the musical for the stage based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin.

Tony Award-winning Cabaret opened on Broadway and in London in 1966, with Broadway revivals in 1987, 1998 and 2014.
This production contains adult content.

The Wolves

A delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer.


By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Judith Midyett Pender

8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 31, Nov. 1, 2
3 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3
Weitzenhoffer Theatre

A girls’ indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

“DeLappe has created an ensemble of distinct female characters without leaning on romantic partners or traditional feminine tropes to define them.” – Theatremania

This production contains adult content.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet will enchant audiences
with Tchaikovsky’s beloved fairy tale ballet, a holiday favorite!


Choreographed by Willam Christensen
Directed by Michael Bearden

8 p.m. Nov. 22, 24, Dec. 5, 6, 7
3 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 7, 8
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Once every four years, this magical ballet is brought to the stage by the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s magical score tells the story of Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll during the family’s Christmas Eve celebration. She dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, his fierce battle against the Mouse King and their voyage to the Land of Sweets and the Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy. From near and far, characters come to entertain her. Soon the adventure fades away and Clara awakes in her living room wondering if it was all a dream.

The School of Dance at OU is honored to present the first American full-length version of this timeless classic. The first performance was in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by its artistic director and Balanchine student, Willam Christensen. Elegant, expansive and brimming with faultless mastery of technique, this ballet is a must-see production. Young dancers from Norman and the OKC metro area will comprise the children’s cast for this historic production.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

An entire evening of choreographic premieres you must see!


8 p.m. Jan. 23, 24, 25
3 p.m. Jan. 26
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Young Choreographers’ Showcase presents youthful imagination and energy with exciting results. Graduate and undergraduate student choreographers whose work has been selected by adjudication create a program of dance styles that cover the entire spectrum of theatrical dance today. With inspiration and collaboration from Helmerich School of Drama student designers, these talented choreographers courageously take their work to the stage, and share their creativity with our audiences.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

A drama of intense family pride and deadly passion.


By Federico Garcia Lorca
Translated by Brendan Kennelly
Guest directed by Sara Guerrero

8 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
3 p.m. Feb. 9, 16
Weitzenhoffer Theatre

Federico Lorca’s passionate tragedy is set in the U.S. Southwest for this production. It portrays the heated rivalry of two families, and the rivalry of two men for a woman struggling between the attraction of a fiancé, who offers her wealth and peace of mind, in contrast to the more powerful attraction of her ex-lover. When her decision to marry is governed by pride, her wedding preparations are clouded by dark premonitions.

This production contains adult content.

Così fan tutte

Looks can be deceiving. So can love.


Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director and Conductor
William Ferrara, Stage Director

8 p.m. March 5, 6, 7
3 p.m. March 8
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Mozart’s sparkling music amplifies outrageous humor as well as the heartbreak of da Ponte’s cynical comedy.

The story revolves around two wealthy, but rather innocent, young sisters and their fiancés who are enjoying a summer vacation in Venice. Their wedding plans are interrupted when, after a few drinks, the men decide to make a friendly wager: they will test their sweetheart’s fidelity by disguising themselves and wooing each other’s fiancées. Soon, both couples face the unhappy consequences of their cruel game. Presented in Italian with English supertitles.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

Legally Blonde The Musical

Everyone’s favorite blonde and Malibu fashionista takes Harvard by storm
in this award-winning upbeat story of self-discovery.


Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Directed by Ashton Byrum
Musical Direction by Mandy Jiran
Choreographed by Karen Boyd Bethel

8 p.m. April 3, 4, 9, 10
3 p.m. April 5, 11
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Omigod, You Guys! What a girl won’t do for love! Delta Nu Sorority girl Elle Woods seems to have it all until her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back she uses her charm, drive, and imagination to get in to Harvard herself! She quickly turns the Ivy League school on its ear when she arrives from UCLA with her trendy fashion sense and super cute chihuahua, Bruiser. But with the help of some new friends and a Greek chorus of sorority sisters, she learns more about herself than she ever dreamed.

Fabulously fun and award-winning, Legally Blonde The Musical is a splendid tribute to girl power. Based on the hit film of the same name, and nominated for seven Tony Awards, this hilarious show challenges stereotypes, sexism, and snobbery with high-energy dances and memorable songs.

This production is suitable for all audiences.

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

Two guests, three residents, one amazing program!


Guest Choreography by Gus Solomons, Jr. and Tommie-Waheed Evans
with School of Dance faculty Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst

8 p.m. April 24, 25, 30, May 1
3 p.m. April 26, May 2
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma is pleased to welcome guest choreographer and Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Gus Solomons, Jr. to present his work, Bothy Breed, as part of the 2020 Main Stage production. Solomons created this charming work at NYU Tisch in 2006 and is pleased to share it with the OU School of Dance. The production also will feature a visually stunning work remounted by Philadelphia-based choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans titled Near Light. Rounding out the program will be new and restaged works by School of Dance faculty members Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst.

This production is suitable for all audiences.