Die Fledermaus – UCO Opera
7:30PM March 3–4, 2023
2PM March 5, 2023
UCO Jazz Lab
The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO School of Music
By JOHANN STRAUSS
German Libretto by CARL HAFFNER and RICHARD GENÉE
Based on Le Réveillon by HENRI MEILHAC and LUDOVIC HALÉVY
English version by LEONARD HANCOCK and DAVID POUNTNEY
Text adapted by ROB GLAUBITZ
ACT I – The apartment of Gabriel and Rosalinda von Eisenstein
The home of Gabriel and Rosalinda von Eisenstein. Gabriel returns home to his wife after being sentenced to spend several days in jail because of his incompetent lawyer. Unbeknownst to Rosalinda, Gabriel’s friend Falke suggests that Gabriel goes to a party first and then to jail. Gabriel heartily agrees. The Eisensteins’ maid also has been invited to the same party and pretends her aunt is sick in order to get off from work. Meanwhile, Rosalinda’s old flame Alfred sings outside their home. Rosalinda tries to resist him, but after Eisenstein leaves for jail (by way of the party), she is unable to resist any longer. However, they are interrupted by Prison Warden Frank, who believes that Alfred is Gabriel and takes him to jail. Rosalinda receives an invitation to the same party and is asked to go as a Hungarian heiress.
15 Minute Intermission
ACT II – The lavish penthouse apartment of Prince Orlofsky
The home of Prince Orlofsky. The wealthy Orlofsky hosts a party and tells his guests to follow his motto: “chacun à son gout!” or “each to his own tastes.” Adele and Gabriel arrive disguised as an actress and a Frenchman respectively but recognize each other. To divert attention, Adele publicly states that she is clearly not a maid due to her high-class manner and appearance and everyone believes her. Frank arrives, also disguised as a Frenchman, and he and Gabriel become fast friends. When Rosalinda arrives masked and in disguise as well, Gabriel tries to seduce her with his chiming watch, but Rosalinda ends up with the watch instead and convinces everyone that she is truly Hungarian by singing the “melodies of her homeland”. All drink champagne and dance until 6 am, when Frank and Gabriel realize they need to be at the jail and leave in a hurry.
15 Minute Intermission
ACT III – A New York City prison run by Warden Frank
A New York City prison run by Warden Frank. Warden Frank arrives drunk to the jail and falls asleep on his desk. Adele and Ida arrive at the jail and Adele encourages Frank to help her with her acting career. Gabriel arrives to turn himself in, but Frank tells him that they thought he was already in a cell. Gabriel’s lawyer arrives to talk to his client, but Gabriel instead steals his clothes and disguises himself as the lawyer to meet his imposter. Alfred (who has been pretending to be Gabriel) meets with his lawyer (who is Gabriel in disguise) and Rosalinda. Finally, Gabriel reveals his true identity, only to be foiled by Rosalinda revealing that she was at the party the whole time. Chastened, he apologizes as Falke reveals it was all his plan to get back at Gabriel for leaving him drunk and alone in a bat costume after a costume party.
Rosalinda von Eisenstein
Corbyn Nauman (March 3 & 5)
Xinyu Pan (March 4)
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Keegan Rose (March 3 & 5)
Noah Cochran (March 4)
Calliope Staudt (March 3 & 5)
Lindy Wilson (March 4)
Mackenzie Cook (March 3 & 5)
Elaina Lanthripe (March 4)
Rosalinda von Eisenstein
Dr. Rob Glaubitz
Associate Music Director
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Technical Director
Scene Shop Employees
Costume Shop Manager
Costume Shop Employees
Lighting Shop Employees
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator/A1
Sound Shop Employees
Assistant Production Manager
Rox Allen Kerby
Box Office Manager
Box Office Staff
Roberto Lopez Jr.
Bailey Poslick (chorus) is a second year Master student working towards her degree in vocal pedagogy. She received her Bachelors in vocal performance under the direction of Dr. Danielle Herrington and is currently preparing for her capstone project for graduation this semester. “Die Fledermaus” is the first mainstage opera that Bailey is getting to perform in. She is thrilled to share the stage with her friends as they dance the night away! She thanks her mom for believing in her passion, her boyfriend for always being by her side and to Dr. Herrington for helping her accomplish her dreams. Stay groovy!
Blake “Bear” Harlow (Ivan) is a junior vocal music education major from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bear has been a member of the UCO Concert Chorale, the eight-person UCO Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the UCO Student Association (UCOSA), and the National Association for Music Educators. He has performed with choruses internationally and was cast as Bassile in “Of Starch and Forgiveness,” Baritone (Villain/Confidant) in “The Enchanted Forest,” Pluto in “Jupiter for a Day” and various scenes for the UCO Opera Workshop. He has studied under Jessica Cook, Dr. Rebecca Lindley, Marshall Wade, Angela McKenna, Hayley Grigg and currently the fabulous Dr. Molly Johnson.
Calliope Staudt (Adele) is an Oklahoma born coloratura soprano, and senior vocal performance major at UCO. Previous roles include Gasparina in Hadyn’s “La Canterina,” Anna Gomez in Menotti’s “The Consul,” Lieschen in Bach’s “KaffeeKantate” and Little Red in Seymour Barab’s “Little Red Riding Hood.” She studies under the direction of Dr. Danielle Herrington and sings with UCO’s Second Street Singers. Ms. Staudt will perform this summer as the cover for Zerlina in Painted Sky Opera’s production of “Don Giovanni.” A special thank you to voice teacher Dr. Danielle Herrington, director Dr. Robert Glaubitz, Maestro Douglas Newell and music director Megan Clewell.
Cheyenne Holland (chorus) is a sophomore vocal performance major. She is in UCO’s very own Concert Choral and Second Street jazz ensemble both lead by Dr. Karl Nelson. Currently, she studies with Dr. Kevin Eckard and Megan Clewell. In the past, she has also studied with Sarah Lance, Darin and Derek Chapin, and Jessica Dodd. Also, special thanks to her parents for getting her where she is today! Some of her roles played here at UCO include the lead/lover soprano role in “The Enchanted Forest” and Susanna in the “Marriage of Figaro” scenes from UCO’s Opera Workshop’s “The Dangers of Singing.”
Christian Usey (chorus) is a second semester vocal performance major. This is his first show at UCO and his first opera ever! He has been in several musicals in high school and at Upstage Theatre. He is very excited for everyone to see the hard work the cast has put into this show!
Corbyn Nauman (Rosalinda Von Eisenstein) is a native of Lawton, Oklahoma, currently residing in Edmond, Oklahoma as she completes her master’s degree in vocal pedagogy. From operatic productions to choral ensembles, Corbyn has enjoyed singing throughout Oklahoma. Some notable roles include Gertrude in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” Magda Sorel in Menotti’s “The Consul” and Appollonia in Haydn’s “La Canterina.” Corbyn has appeared in Painted Sky Opera’s choruses of “Madama butterfly,” “Pagliacci” and “Carmen.” She has enjoyed singing with the Lawton Philharmonic orchestra, and as a featured soloist in the Lawton Civic Chorus’ presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Corbyn currently studies with Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio.
Elaina Lanthripe (Prince Orlofsky) is a junior music theatre major and is so excited to be making her Mitchell Hall debut in “Die Fledermaus”! This production has taught her so many things and will remain such a treasured memory. She studies under Dr. Danielle Herrington, and is very grateful for her guidance, and for believing in Elaina. She would also like to thank Dr. Rob Glaubitz, for giving her this opportunity. It has changed her life. Last but not least, she would like to thank her parents, and her boyfriend for the constant love and encouragement. “Chacun a son Gout!”
Faith Morrissey (chorus) is a vocal music education freshman from the small town of Claremore, Oklahoma. Faith has been a member of Cantilena and is currently a member of Concert Chorale and the National Association for Music Educators. Faith currently studies vocal music with Dr. Kevin Eckard.
Gabrielle Hightower (pit singer) is
Hayden Turner (Doctor Falke) is a Bass-Baritone from Kingfisher Oklahoma and preforms all the Oklahoma City area. He is currently finishing his B.A. in music at the University of Central Oklahoma. This summer he made his debut as Figaro in the “Marriage of Figaro” for Texas Tech’s Opera Program. Hayden has also appeared in professional performances which include the Chorus of “Rigoletto,” “Carmen” and Tulsa Opera’s “The Italian Girl.” He also had the pleasure of singing the Baritone, the Dragon and Bumble the Honeybee, in the touring children’s outreach program of “The Enchanted Forrest” with Painted Sky Opera. This will be the thirteenth production that Hayden has performed with UCO Opera, and he is very excited to represent his school in “Die Fledermaus.” Keep your eyes peeled, you might see a caped crusader.
Hope Horton (chorus) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Springfield, Missouri. She was last seen on the UCO Jazz Lab stage in “Tis the Season” a Christmas cabaret this past December and as a member of the ensemble of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” last March in Mitchell Hall. Hope is excited to be performing in her first opera as part of UCO Opera’s “Die Fledermaus” ensemble. You can see her again as Meg March in UCO Musical Theatre’s production of “Little Women” in Mitchell Hall this April. Hope would like to thank Dr. Rob Glaubitz, Michael Lomeka, Doug Newell, Megan Clewell, her fellow castmates and crew members for this amazing opportunity. She also sends a special thank you to her vocal coach, Dr. Barbara DeMaio and UCO Director of Musical Theatre, Dr. Greg White.
Jarrett Cox (chorus and Alfred cover) is a tenor from Oklahoma, currently finishing his degree in vocal music education. Here at UCO, Jarrett studies with Dr. Mark Johnson and performs with the Concert Chorale. He is thrilled to be the cover for Alfred and to be in the ensemble. He would like to thank Dr. Johnson, Dr. Glaubitz and the cast and crew for the amazing experience during his first main stage production. Jarrett would also like to thank his family, friends and God for their continual support and love. He would not have made it here without every one of you.
Joshua Buchanan (chorus) is
Julianna Straughn (Ida) is thrilled to be making her UCO Opera debut! She is a senior dance performance major who has previously been seen on Mitchell Hall’s stage in “The Wedding Singer” (Ensemble/Dance Captain) and as a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. At the Jazz Lab, she has performed in UCO’s “Sister Act” (Sister Mary Theresa). She would like to thank Dr. Glaubitz, Maestro Doug Newell, Megan Clewell, the entire creative team, cast and crew, her voice teacher Dr. Molly Johnson and her family.
Katayla Mongold (chorus) is a third-year graduate student studying vocal performance and collaborative piano. She is a student of Dr. Sallie Pollack (piano) and Dr. Danielle Herrington (voice) and loves working as the music history TA. She is excited to be a part of her first main stage opera! Katayla would like to thank her professors and friends for all their support, her dad for always being there to encourage and help and boyfriend Walker who is a constant source of love and support!
Keegan Rose (Gabriel von Eisenstein) is a graduate choral conducting student from Bethany, Oklahoma studying under Dr. Karl Nelson. Previous UCO opera credits include: “The Wolf Little Red Riding Hood and Lionel” (Cover) in Von Flowtow’s “Martha.” Music directing credits include: “Peter Pan and Wendy” (El Reno Community Theatre,) “Hansel and Gretel” (UCO Opera,) and assistant music director “Sweeney Todd” (UCO Music Theatre.) Keegan would like to thank his cast, family, friends and fiancé for their support, and the creative team for the opportunity and guidance. Budmo!
Khalil Cabrera-Tosado (Warden Frank) is proudly performing as Frank. Training under Dr. Barbara DeMaio, he is studying as a tenor and is fulfilling two master’s degrees in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting. He received his bachelor’s in vocal performance from Cameron University. He has performed in past productions as Nika Magadoff in “The Consul,” Don Pelaggio in “La Canterina” and opera workshop scenes all under the direction of Dr. Robert Glaubitz. He thanks his family for their constant support, Dr. Glaubitz, Megan Clewell, Maestro Doug Newell and the cast and crew for a production that he will never forget. To God be forever the glory.
Kody Clark (chorus) is a senior music major with a minor in arts administration from Midwest City,
Oklahoma. This is Kody’s first main stage production and his first production here at the
University of Central Oklahoma. Kody has studied voice under Terry Atteberry, Dr. Steven
Walker, and currently Dr. Danielle Herrington and evokes the highest respect towards them. He would like to thank his mother, “mammy”, friends (family) and the people who have walked his journey with him!
Kylie Weldon (pit singer) is a freshman vocal music education major and is very excited to be participating as a pit singer in UCO’s production of “Die Fledermaus.” She took part in choir and drama all throughout her time at Westmoore High School, performing in “Oklahoma!” (ensemble), “Annie” (Duffy), “Bye Bye Birdie” (Kim McAfee) and “Freaky Friday” (Ellie Blake). She would like to thank her family, friends and UCO’s School of Music for always being there to support her.
Lillie Taylor (chorus) is thrilled to be making her UCO Opera and Mitchell Hall debut. She is a freshman musical theatre and theatre/communication education major from Independence, KS. She recently made her UCO Musical Theatre debut in “This Is Our Story”: The New MT Broncho Showcase. Previous credits include Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” Billie Bendix in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.” Special thanks to her loving family, friends and the UCO School of Music faculty, especially her voice teacher, Dr. Barbara DeMaio.
Lindy Wilson (Adele) is a first-year graduate student at UCO. A military spouse and mother of 4 kids, Lindy enjoys spending time outside with her loved ones and traveling. She received a degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has been a guest artist with the Enid Symphony in Oklahoma, the Kings College of Aberdeen, Scotland, the Pathway choir in Accra, Ghana, and the Boise Philharmonic in Idaho. As a coloratura soprano, some of her favorite roles include Mabel from “Pirates of Penzance,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Marie in “La Fille du Regiment.”
Luis Vasquez (Doctor Blind) is a second semester choral conducting and vocal pedagogy graduate student at Oklahoma State University. He was born in Cabimas, Venezuela and has been living in the United States since 2003. Luis received his bachelors in Vocal Performance from ORU. He has been part of numerous choruses and has been casted as Ben from “The Telephone,” Captain Albert from “The Secret Garden,” Don Pelagio from “La Canterina” and more. Luis is currently working under the direction of Dr. Nelson and Dr. Demaio at UCO.
Mackenzie Cook (Prince Orlofsky) is an Oklahoma native mezzo-soprano and a first-year graduate student studying vocal performance/vocal pedagogy. She holds an undergraduate degree in music education from ORU. Previous opera roles include “Bon Appétit” (Julia Child) and “Dido and Aeneas” (Sorceress). At UCO, Mackenzie studies with Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio, performs with the Concert Chorale and teaches voice through the Central Community School of Music. Mackenzie is thrilled to play Orlofsky and would like to thank Dr. DeMaio, Dr. Glaubitz and the cast and crew for the opportunity and success of a brilliant production. All glory to God!
Noah Cochran (Gabriel von Eisenstein) is a sophomore music theatre transfer at the University of Central Oklahoma and “Die Fledermaus” is his first opera with UCO. Some of his credits include: Billy Cane “Bright Star,” Beadle U/S “Sweeney Todd,” Old Deuteronomy “Cats” and Mr. Mushnik “Little Shop of Horrors.” Noah is so grateful to be part of such an incredible cast and show. He wants to thank Dr. Rob Glaubitz for the incredible opportunity to partake in this fulfilling experience, Dr. Mark Johnson for being his ever patient mentor and his friends and family for their continuous support.
Patterson Allen (Frosch) is the Technical Director for Mitchell Hall who was most recently seen onstage as Patty the Cow in UCO’s production of “Martha.” He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Design and Technology from Oklahoma State University where he performed in “Hair,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Urinetown” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Patterson would like to thank his sister for graciously writing his program bios since 1997.
Sarah Hunsucker (chorus) is a first-year graduate student mastering in vocal pedagogy and vocal performance at UCO. She is so grateful and enthused to be able to perform in this show. Credits include “Into the Woods” (Cinderella), “Next to Normal” (Natalie), “Hansel and Gretel” (Gretel) and “The Consul” (Voice Recording). She would like to thank her friends and family for their support because she would not be where she is today without them!
Tae Bradshaw (chorus) is a junior vocal performance major at UCO. She has recently performed in UCO’s “Sister Act” and El Reno Community Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy.” She currently studies under Dr. Mark Johnson.
Teng Liu (chorus) is a fourth-year undergraduate 声乐表演 (vocal performance) student at UCO studying under Dr. Mark Johnson. He has given two performances at UCO. He has performed at UCO in Menotti’s “Consul” as a secret police officer and in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” as a member of the chorus.
Trent Mosty (Alfred) is a senior musical theatre major and is beyond excited to be a part of this production. Past credits include “Next to Normal” (Gabe), “Very Good Eddie” (Eddie), “The Wizard of Oz” (Scarecrow), “Sweeney Todd” (Pirelli), “Evita” (Magaldi), “The Pajama Game” (Hines), “Falsettos” (Mendel), “The Gondoliers” (Duke of Plaza-Toro) and “The Danger Year” (Ensemble) a new musical directed by Hunter Foster and composed by Georgia Stitt. Trent would love to give special appreciation to his wonderful and supportive family for their continuous support in his journey. He hopes you all enjoy the show!
Xinyu Pan (Rosalinda Von Eisenstein) is a second-year graduate student at UCO studying under Dr. Molly Johnson. She has given many performances at UCO. She is very excited to work with these wonderful musicians, and especially to be playing her first lead role as Rosalinda at UCO. Her opera experiences include Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (Pamina), “The Consul”, Menotti’s “The Foreign Woman”, Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” (Lieschen), Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (The Aunt), Viadort’s “Cendrillon” (Maguelonne); Chorus in Flotow’s “Martha” and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”.
Yutong Nie (pit singer) is an international transfer student from China. She is a junior, and her major is vocal performance. She is a mezzo-soprano. Her professor is Dr. Molly Johnson. She started learning to sing vocally when she was three years old. This was her first year in the United States. In China, she acted in the opera “Le nozze di Figaro,” where She played Cherubino. She also joined the choir and performed with the chorus.
Zhikun Han (chorus) is from Changsha in Hunan Province, China. As a junior student majoring in music performance and musicals, they are passionate about expressing their self through the art of singing. Currently, they are honored to be a part of the choir in this opera. Their love for singing was first ignited during their junior high school years. They began with classical music, but as they discovered their preference for musicals, they decided to pursue their studies in this genre in the United States.
Becky McGuigan (Costume Designer) is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Head of the Design and Technical Program. Some of her most recent design work for the university includes costumes for the world premiere of “Rooster,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Rhinoceros,” “Radium Girls,” “Nine,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Cosi fan tutte,” which was recognized nationally by Opera World for overall production and “Macbeth.” In addition to her work with UCO, Becky is also the Costume Director for Painted Sky Opera in Oklahoma City. Most recently she designed costumes for Painted Sky Opera productions including “Pagliacci,” “Rigoletto,” “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Tosca” and “La Traviata.” Becky earned her MFA in Costume Design from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2018 and her Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring from the University of the Arts, London College of Fashion in 2009. While in London she worked as Production Administrator/Costume Assistant for Walking Thoughts, Ltd., a North London based theatre company, during its production of “Anastasia.”
Douglas Newell (Music Director) is the Music Director of the Enid Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Newell has held positions with such ensembles as the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Boston Summer Opera Theater, Baylor University Opera Theater and Symphony Orchestra, Concord (MA) Orchestra and the New England Conservatory of Music Repertory Orchestra. In Oklahoma he has conducted performances with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma Community Orchestra, Ballet Oklahoma, Ambassadors Concert Choir, Canterbury Choral Society, Lawton Philharmonic, Simon Estes Educational Foundation, and Tulsa Ballet. Previously, Maestro Newell has conducted performances of “Cosi fan Tutte,” “Cendrillon” and “The Consul” with the UCO Opera Theatre. He considers the opportunity to work with the wonderful singers and instrumentalists at UCO as one of the great joys of his career.
Katelyn King (Production Stage Manager) is a transfer student from Wichita State University, this is her second production with UCO, previously she stage managed the “KD dance production” 2022, her stage management credits also include “The Little Mermaid,” “Addams Family,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to love and Murder,” “A Christmas Story” and Assistant Stage Management credits include “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Keepers of the flame,” “Last Night of Ballyhoo.” She would like to thank her son and Family for their unconditional support!!
Mariah Deere (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman theatre art tech and design major. She is a full-time student and is a member of three organizations on campus: president’s leadership council, Alpha Pi Gamma and Native American Student Initiative. Her focuses are in stage management and scenic design. This is her second show she has worked on here at UCO, her first show she crewed for “The Wedding Singer” during the fall semester of 2022. Mariah had also attended Moore Norman Technology Center for her certification in Veterinarian Assistant and graduated in 2021 before she decided to switch her focus to theatre. She also directed a one act “Fighting for Love,’, for her senior year at Moore high school. This is her first show being an assistant stage manager here at UCO. She is excited to work in future shows and would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her.
Meghan Clewell (Associate music director) is a collaborative pianist based in Oklahoma City and is a voice coach and full-time staff pianist at the University of Central Oklahoma. Clewell has served as coach and/or pianist for numerous UCO shows and projects, including UCO Opera’s productions of “The Consul,” “Cendrillon,” “Così fan tutte,” “Martha,” “The Tender Land,” “Serse,” Adamo’s “Little Women”; and UCO Music Theater’s annual Macabaret and Holiday Revue. She has been a pianist with the Saarburg and Vianden International Music Festivals, Tulsa Opera Young Artists, Painted Sky Opera, Enid Symphony, Knox Galesburg Symphony, Nova Singers, Clear Creek Music Festival, Oklahoma Haydn Festival, Oklahoma Flute Society, International Horn Symposium 50, International Women’s Brass Conference, the Akouo Ensemble and Opera on Tap OKC. Clewell earned a BM (piano performance) and MM (collaborative piano) from Arizona State University, as well as an Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Micheal Lomeka (Choreographer) is a graduate of The Juilliard School (BFA). He obtained his MFA from Jacksonville University. Michael has performed on Broadway in “The King and I,” working with Lou Diamon Phillips, Donna Murphy, Faith Prince and Marie Osmond. Off Broadway credit includes “A Christmas Carol” choreographed by Susan Stroman. Michael has toured The United States, Europe and Asia with Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. Mr. Lomeka’s Las Vegas credits include Celine Dion’s “A NEW DAY” with choreography by Mia Michael’s and Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS” choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon. Michael toured with the Lincoln Center, Tony Award winning, revival of “The King and I” directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
Rob Glaubitz (Director) is the Director of UCO Opera as well as Director of the UCO School of Music. Recent shows directed for UCO Opera include “The Consul,” “La Canterina,” “Cendrillon” and “Cosi Fan Tutte,” which won 2nd place in the 2020 NOA Opera Production competition. Dr. Glaubitz is also Artistic Director of Painted Sky Opera. Recent shows directed for Painted Sky Opera include “Pagliacci,” “Scalia/Ginsburg,” “Carmen,” “Madama Butterfly” and “As One”, which won Best Streaming Musical in 2021 for the Oklahoma Broadway World Awards. In the summer of 2023, he will direct “La Bohème,” “Don Giovanni” and “The Turn of the Screw” for Painted Sky Opera.
Roberto Lopez (Assistant Choreographer) is a senior musical theatre major from Norman, OK. Previous credits include “Titanic the Musical” (Chorus) Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, “The Christmas Show 2022” (Chorale) Oklahoma City Philharmonic, “The Polar Express” (Principal Trio) Railway Productions, “The Exonerated” (Doyle/ Male Ensemble #2) The Vanguart; “Sister Act” (Pablo), “Rent” (Paul/ Others), “The Wedding Singer” (Ensemble/ Sammy U/S), “Grease “(Swing) University of Central Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Kaleidoscope Dance 2 Company at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2021. Instagram: Roberto_Lopez_Jr_
Samantha Aldridge (Sound Designer) is the current sound designer and engineer for University Productions at UCO. Samantha graduated from UCO with a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in sound design and engineering. She’s done a lot of shows during her career. She plans to stick around Oklahoma for a while and mooch off of her parents as long as she can. If you are anyone other than her Mom still reading this right now, then this smiley face if for you. Every show is always dedicated to her family and her dog, Banjo.
Sam Cox (Light Designer) is a senior theatre design and technology student with a focus in lighting design. She is delighted to be working with the Music Department on “Die Fledermaus”! Her favorite credits include “Wait Until Dark,” which was produced at Stagedoor Manor in New York this past summer, “Corpus Christi,” in the UCO Theatre Department’s black box venue last spring and “Rock of Ages,” which was produced at the UCO Jazz Lab. She recently worked as an electrician and lighting designer at Stagedoor Manor, as well as an electrician and programmer with both Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. She’d like to thank all the mentors she’s had over the years and her friends and family for always cheering her on and supporting her dreams.
Scott Roberts (Scenic Designer) is the Resident Scenic Designer for University Productions. “Die Fledermaus” is his first production working with University Productions and UCO’s School of Music. Roberts graduated with a BA in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University. During his undergrad career he has one three awards from The Kennedy Center at their regional conference. One of which was the Meritorious Achievement Award for his capstone scenic design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. After graduation, He was hired by OBU to design two other productions: Gilbert and Sullivans “Pirates of Penzance” and “On the Verge/The Geography of Yearning” by Eric Overmeyer. Roberts was recently hired by University Productions and looks forward to his time here and continue to design “playgrounds” for other productions at UCO Mitchell Hall. You can see more of his work this April in “Little Women: The Musical” directed by Greg White.
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Jill Priest, Associate Dean
Dr. Sandra Thompson, Assistant Dean
Dr. Kato Buss, Assistant Dean
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Dr. Robert Glaubitz, Director
Dr. Peggy Moran, Assistant Director
UCO Vocal Arts Division Faculty
Dr. Kevin Eckard, Head of Vocal Arts Division
Dr. Barbara DeMaio, Associate Professor of Voice
Dr. Lani Garner, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Dr. Rob Glaubitz, Director of UCO Opera
Dr. Marilyn Govich, Professor of Voice
Danielle Herrington, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Voice
Dr. Molly Cason Johnson, Assistant Professor of Voice
Dr. Mark Johnson, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director of Choral Studies
Jennifer Watson, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Mary Wierick, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Tish Willis, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
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Rox Allen Kerby, Manager of University Productions
Matthew Fowler, House Manager
Brian Butler, Costume Shop Manager
Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician & Lighting Designer
Patterson Allen, Technical Director
Christian Heffron, Assistant Technical Director
Samantha Aldridge, Sound Engineer
Scott Roberts, Resident Scenic Designer
Megan Ann Richardson, Resident Costume Designer
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