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Be Swept Away: 2023-2024 Season

We invite you to Be Swept Away as we combine our considerable artistic forces to bring you fresh, exhilarating adventures in theatre, opera, drama, and dance. We are eager to share the sweeping artistry of the theatre in all its humanity, fantasy, glory, tragedy, and emotion.  


2023–2024 Season


Current and Upcoming Productions

Life is a Dream

LIFE IS A DREAM

March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m.
March 3, 10 at 3 p.m.

A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre

By Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Translated and adapted by Nilo Cruz
Julia Rosa Sosa Chaparro, Director

Banished by his father to avoid the realization of a violent prophecy, Prince Segismundo returns to his kingdom in an epic story about destiny, reality, and illusion.

This production contains adult themes.

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Crazy For You

CRAZY FOR YOU

April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.
April 7, 14 at 3 p.m.

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; Book by Ken Ludwig
Lyn Cramer, Director

A city slicker falls for a hometown girl in this ebullient romantic comedy. A winner of three Tony Awards, Crazy For You features cowboys, showgirls, exhilarating tap dancing, and a glorious score from George and Ira Gershwin.

This production is suitable for all audiences.
Single tickets on sale March 18.

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

CONTEMPORARY DANCE OKLAHOMA

April 26, 27, May 2, 3 at 8 p.m.
April 28, May 4 at 3 p.m.

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Enjoy an evening of powerful contemporary dance as CDO concludes the University Theatre season with Ulysses Dove's iconic choreography of raw athleticism and energy on full display in Vespers; choreography by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s artistic director, Robert Battle; and exciting new works by School of Dance faculty Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst.

This program is suitable for all audiences.
Single tickets on sale April 10.

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This Season's Past Productions

Everybody

EVERYBODY

Sept. 22, 23, 28*, 29** at 8 p.m.
Sept. 24, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Madison Niederhauser, director

This modern take on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody on a journey through life’s greatest mystery. Allegorical figures play the lottery of life with wit and wisdom on a journey of self-discovery. Each performance, the role each actor will play will be drawn at random live in front of the audience.

This production contains adult themes.
*ASL Interpretation available on Sept. 28
**A talkback will take place following the show on Sept. 29

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Heathers The Musical

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Oct. 13, 14, 20 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 14, 15, 22 at 3 p.m.

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Book, Music, & Lyrics by K. Murphy & L. O’Keefe
Based on the film by Daniel Waters
Josh Prince, director

Welcome to Westerberg High where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder being a somebody. Are you in, or are you out?

This production contains adult content, coarse language, and themes of violence and suicide.

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Orfeo ed Euridice

ORFEO ED EURIDICE

Nov. 2, 3, 4 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

 


Composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck; Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director & Conductor
Nicole Kenley-Miller, Stage Director

A modern take on this ancient Greek tale of unforgettable, eternal love. Gluck’s soaring opera follows Orfeo’s venture into the underworld to rescue his beloved Euridice.

Sung in Italian (English supertitles) and contains adult themes.

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The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 3 p.m.

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

 


Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mary Margaret Holt, Choreographer
Jonathan Shames, Conductor

Oklahoma Festival Ballet and children from the region will sweep you away with this quintessential fairy tale ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score. You won't want to miss this spectacular holiday classic!

This production is suitable for all audiences.

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YOung Choreographers' Showcase

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE

Jan. 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m.
Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

 


Inspirational, delightful, and thought provoking. School of Dance student choreographers present original dance works in creative collaboration with Helmerich School of Drama lighting design students.

This production may contain adult content.

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The Merry Widow

THE MERRY WIDOW

Feb. 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

 


Composed by Franz Lehár; Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Jonathan Shames, Artistic Director & Conductor
Nicole Kenley-Miller, Stage Director

Lehár’s charming, uplifting opera is a delightful tale of a woman’s quest for love, and a man’s realization of his susceptibility for it. The burgeoning romance that results is challenged by deception, mishaps and comedic misadventures, but ultimately succeeds.

This production is sung in German (English supertitles and dialogue) and suitable for all audiences.

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OU FINE ARTS BOX OFFICE

Phone: (405) 325-4101
In person: Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. at Elm Ave.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday

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Ticket Prices

Event  Advance
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Adult
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Discount
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Purchase
OU Student
At the
Door
Drama,
Dance
  $34*  $29*  $12*$40*
$15 (with student ID)
Musical  $39*   $34*  $12*$45*
$15 (with student ID)
Opera   
  $29*   $24*  $12*$35*
$15 (with student ID)
Lab
Theatre
  $9*  $7*  $7* 
Live Stream  $10  $10  $10 
Video-on-Demand  $10 single  view  $25 group view  
Music Concerts  $10*  $6*  $6* $10* (all)

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS:
Season subscriptions include all 9 productions throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. New season subscriptions are on sale Aug. 16 - Sept. 15, 2023.
Adult Package @ $195 each
Discount Package @ $165 each
Student Package @ $75 each
Plus $10 per package processing fee/tax

DISCOUNT – Adults 60 and over, military, OU faculty and staff
STUDENT – with OU ID, or under the age 18

 

SINGLE TICKETS:
*includes processing fee and tax
Group Discount of $2 per ticket for groups of 20 or more at mainstage productions.

Discounted tickets for music events be purchased in advance by phone (405) 325-4101 or in person at the OU Fine Arts Box Office, 500 W. Boyd St. in the Catlett Music Center.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR may be purchased at the performance venue beginning 1 hour prior to curtain time. NO DISCOUNTS.


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