Author: Scott Hale

#CFADWorks: Sophie Mings

Sophie Mings, University of Central Oklahoma musical theatre alumna, hits a new note

by Riley Stokesberry

Sophie MingsSophie Mings, a University of Central Oklahoma musical theatre alumna, is creating a name for herself after graduating recently in May 2022. She has been involved in musical theatre since she was 10 years old. Musical theatre takes confidence and passion, two things Sophie exhibits, but it is normal to experience uncertainty when pursuing a career in the arts. In fact, it was not until her father passed away when she was a senior in high school, that she decided she wanted to follow this career. Sophie stated that her dad always believed she could follow this passion, even when she did not believe in herself. After performing for years, a college audition conference led her to The University of Central Oklahoma’s musical theatre program.

I reached out to Marilyn Govich, UCO professor of applied voice and Sophie’s former music teacher, and got to know more about Sophie. Mings had joined Marilyn’s studio in her junior year. It was not long until Marilyn detected Sophie’s undeniable talent, saying, “I found her to be an intelligent and talented student who was eager and willing to work hard to develop her skills.” She sought out every opportunity to grow and become better, and it was visible to everyone around her. “Although Sophie possessed considerable potential and impressive native ability when she came to UCO, she demonstrated exceptional initiative and worked tirelessly in lessons and classes to cultivate her talent, developing skills to perform at the highest professional level,” said Govich. Sophie is perpetually grateful for Marilyn, as she continues to mentor Sophie, even after graduation. Mings continued to work and prosper at the university, and it was not long after graduation she started to receive recognition for her ability. She was one of only two recipients to receive The Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award this past April, which led to her first big performance. This award recognizes people who have demonstrated outstanding ability and artistry in the musical theatre field. This solidifies Sophies’ undeniable talent and ability in the musical theater field as she continues to grow.

On Aug. 6-28, Sophie starred alongside talented performers at the renowned Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Mings performed in the musical “A Little Night Music” as Petra. This hauntingly brilliant love story is A New York Times Critic’s Pick and a six-time Tony Award winner. Jesse Green, The New York Times Critic, emphatically acknowledges Sophie in his review. “…Sophie Mings as Anne’s randy maid Petra. (She scores big with “The Miller’s Son” — a showstopper…,” says Green. Sophie says, “It was an amazing experience, I think I learned a lot!” The cast and crew were super welcoming, and this allowed Sophie to soak up her co-worker’s knowledge and experience. It is normal to be nervous before performing, but Sophie said the cast and crew motivated her to a whole new level and kept her focused. It was difficult to find her confidence but reminding herself she was there for a reason kept her driven.

Mings performing Petra in “A Little Night Music.”

On Aug.19, 2022, Sophie performed alongside Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in remembrance of the late composer, Stephen Sondheim. The show was presented by the Boston Pops at Tanglewood and featured several of Mings’s costars from Little Night Music.” More recently, on Oct. 17, Sophie was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a musical for her role as Petra in “A Little Night Music.” This nomination was given by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association for the annual sixth “Berkie Awards.” Since graduation, Sophie has now been based out of New York City, New York. She is distinctly paving the way for herself in this industry. She said one thing to remember is, “Who you are individually as an artist is more interesting than trying to be somebody else.” Finding your inner confidence is key and never compare yourself. Sophie wants to thank the university’s program for allowing her to continue her passion and for giving her a platform to do so. She mentions without UCO she may have never been qualified for the award, which led her to ‘A Little Night Music.’ For her final words of motivation, Sophie wants everyone to, “Be true to yourself as an artist, and follow your heart.”

Senior Capstone Concert

Senior Capstone Concert: Refraction
7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2022
Mitchell Hall Theatre

Program

Tabula Rasa
Choreographer: Megan Esplin
Music: Burnout composed and performed by Jonathan Haywood and Draco Beedle
Cast: Chinami Imura, Maddie Laws, Ariel Luna, Gracie Mchpetridge, Lyric Neel, Kaito Ono, Dakota Ross, Jade Russell, Chloe Taylor

Bereavement
Choreographer: Kaitlyn Murphy
Music: Let me Follow by Son Lux
Cast: Claire Ullery, Amiyah Underwood

Epigenetic
Choreographer: Madi Mar in collaboration with dancers
Music: Starálfur by Sigur Rós, Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Orchestra Cafe, Go Do by Jónsi
Cast: Sarah Flaherty Gracie Mchpetridge, Sydney Oakley, Justina Pagán, Kathryn Rosenberg, Ireland Slover, Hannah Beth Washburn

shäded
Choreographer: Sarah Flaherty
Music: Tusk by Fleetwood Mac, Tusk “Stage Riff” (1/30/79 Demo) by Fleetwood Mac
Cast: Brooke Jones, Cielo Pallares

Look What You Do
Choreographer: Jules Straughn
Music: “Ruby Blue” by Róisín Murphy
Cast: Zion Dangerfield, Ash Marie Van Ness

You?
Choreographer: Hannah Beth Washburn
Music: .Breathe., PTSD, Interrogation by Travis Lake, Sedaktiv by AGF, Smudge by Project
Pablo, Sequence by Peter Gregson
Cast: Haley Fort, Chinami Imura, Lily Kobzdej, Weinah Long, Madi Mar, Kaito Ono, Abigail Paulson, Z Taylor

Intermission 

imagine your life
Choreographer: Dakota Ross
Music: intro by Gio and Assia, Run Boy Run by Woodkid, Black Bear by Andrew Belle
Cast: Bri Hernandez, Madi Mar, Savana McCabe, Devynne Peppiatt, Abigail Paulson, Katie Sturm, Hannah Beth Washburn

Fabrication
Choreographer: Gracie Mchpetridge
Music: Teeth by Perfume Genius, Hellbent by Perfume Genius
Cast: Kira Blessitt, Olivia Czarniecki, Megan Esplin, Haley Fort, Bri Hernandez, Ariel Luna, Lyric Neel, Dakota Ross, Katy Whitfield

Do you ever feel like…?
Choreographer: Haley Fort
Music: Greim93 by AGF, FORECAST by Lorn, LJ by Travis Lake
Cast: Zion Dangerfield, KeShaun James

Exertion
Choreographer: Jade Russell
Music: Overthinker by INZO, Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush (TOTEM Remix)
Cast: Megan Esplin, Sydney Oakley, Amiyah Underwood

Visualizations
Choreographer: Halee Harder
Music: Moss Garden by David Bowie and Bonzo’s Montreux by Led Zeppelin
Cast: Olivia Czarneicki, Chinami Imura, Wei Nah, Justina Pagán, Cielo Pallares, Ireland Slover, Izzy Taylor, Kathryn Rosenberg
Note: This piece is a research project for the UCO Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Grant. The intention is to create a piece that is inspired by artwork created by the UCO Visual Art Department.

Active Anarchy
Choreographer: Bri Hernandez
Music: One Plus One by Laibach, Amber Decay by Kangding Ray, Speedway by The Prodigy
Cast: Kira Blessitt, Sarah Flaherty, Ella Gardiner, Ashley Manners, Mayu Nagano, Sydney Swearingen, Chloe Taylor, Katy Whitfield


Production Crew: 

Kaitlyn Murphy, Stage Manager
Isabella Hales, Lighting Design
Halee Harder, Sound Board
Riley Hall, Light Board

Department of Dance Faculty and Staff:

Michelle Moeller, Chairperson
Tina Kambour, Assistant Chairperson
Robyn Pasternack, Professor
Hui Cha Poos, Dance Education Coordinator
Alexander Olivieri, Assistant Professor
Beverly Hamilton, Administrative Assistant

Congratulations to Our Seniors:

Megan Esplin 
Bri Hernandez
Madi Mar
Gracie Mchpetridge
Dakota Ross 

Hannah Beth Washburn

Check out our senior’s video on Instagram!


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Kaleidoscope Dance Company Fall Concert

The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
and the
Department of Dance
Present

UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company
With KD2
2022 Fall Concert

7:30pm Nov. 17-19
Mitchell Hall Theatre


Faculty and Guest Choreographers

 Bubba Carr  •  Sheri Hayden
Tina Kambour  •  Kim Loveridge
Amy Nevius  •  
Alexander Olivieri
Hui Cha Poos  •  Nate Tylor
Andrew Wass


Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Fall Dance Concert! 

Thank you for joining us tonight! As the name of our company implies, we offer a kaleidoscope of genres, themes and moods. While one piece examines the notion of “what is art?”, another explores the arcs in life of obstacles and joys. Please feel free to create your own narrative or just enjoy the abstract nature of the non-verbal world of the art of dance. There is no wrong or right way to interpret what you see!

Most of all, I hope you enjoy tonight’s performance and thank you for supporting the UCO Department of Dance!

Tina Kambour
Director, Kaleidoscope Dance Company


Program

Trackless
Choreographer: Alexander Olivieri in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Ivory Smith 

Performers: Haley Fort, Ella Gardiner, Halee Harder, Bri Hernandez, Tyrell Johnson, Savana McCabe, Kaitlyn Murphy, Ireland Slover, Katie Sturm, Chloe Taylor, Z Taylor, Hannah Beth Washburn

Choreographer’s Note: In a basin of trackless winds, a community of wanderers treks through dust clouds and desolation. Their togetherness nourishes a collective knowing that their future is not finite.

 

Joy (KD2)
Choreographer: Kim Loveridge
Music: “Sunchyme” by Dario G 

Performers: Grace Jackson, Brooke Jones, Wei Nah Long, Elena Manning, Lyric Neel, Justina Pagán, Claire Ullery, Amiyah Underwood, Ash Marie Van Ness, Katy Whitfield

Choreographer’s Note: “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”

 

Duchamp’s Coefficient
Choreographer: Andrew Wass
Score: Andrew Wass
Music: Andrew Wass with assistance from John Gürtler

Performers: Haley Fort, Halee Harder, Bri Hernandez, Kaito Ono, Cielo Pallares, Avery Patterson, Jade Russell, Katie Sturm, Chloe Taylor, Z Taylor

Choreographer’s Note: Following Marcel Duchamp’s idea that art’s meaning is created between the observer and the art, in this case a dance, Duchamp’s Coefficient explores the range between chaos and order. Falling more towards the un-deliberated end of the continuum of deliberation, this dance is inspired by the artworks of Agnes Martin, Pierre Soulages, Hieronymus Bosch, among others. By juxtaposing ensemble improvisation with descriptions of art by philosopher Alva Noë, the dancers generate an embodied reflection on the nature of art.

 

Only the Strongest Survive (KD2)
Choreographer: Hui Cha Poos
Music: “honda” by FKAtwigs, Pa Salieu

Performers: Kira Blessitt, Olivia Cazrniecki, Zion Dangerfield, Delesia Graham, KeShaun James, Lily Kobzdej, Madi Laws, Aerial Luna, Abigail Paulson, Kathryn Rosenberg

 

La Caida de Otono (The Fall of Fall)
Choreographer: Amy Nevius
Music:  “Otono Porteno” by Tango Quattro, “Otono Porteno” by Trio Contemporaneo, Opus Cuatro

Performers: Sarah Flaherty, Savana McCabe, Sydney Oakley, Avery Patterson, Katie Sturm, Z Taylor, Hannah Beth Washburn

 

Intermission

 

Guardrail
Choreographer: Bubba Carr
Music: “Velvet Owl” by Amon Tobin; “Brute” by Svinhunder

Performers: Sarah Flaherty, Ashley Manners, Madilynn Mar, Sydney Oakley, Kaito Ono, Cielo Pallares, Avery Patterson, Devynne Peppiatt, Dakota Ross, Jade Russell, Jules Straughn

 

Come Rain, Come Shine
Choreographer: Tina Kambour in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Astrid Stone, Shards, Thunder and Rain Sounds

Performers: Tyrell Johnson, Madilynn Mar, Kaito Ono, Chloe Taylor, Z Taylor

 

The Troublemaker (KD2)
Choreographer: Nate Tylor
Music: “Being Honest About Our Feelings” by Alan Watts, “Otherside” by Perfume Genius, Rocco and His Brother by Mi Loco Tango

Performers: Kira Blessitt, Delesia Graham, Grace Jackson, Brooke Jones, Aerial Luna, Elena Manning, Lyric Neel, Justina Pagán, Abigail Paulson, Kathryn Rosenberg, Claire Ullery, Amiyah Underwood, Ash Marie Van Ness, Katy Whitfield

 

Vortex of an Infinite Evening
Choreographer: Hui Cha Poos
Music: “Sing it Back” by Moloko

Performers: Haley Fort, Bri Hernandez, Madilynn Mar, Kaitlyn Murphy, Sydney Oakley, Kaito Ono, Dakota Ross, Jade Russell, Katie Sturm, Z Taylor, Hannah Beth Washburn

 

Shake it!
Choreographer: Sheri Hayden
Music: “Shake It!” by Common Ground

Performers: Kira Blessitt, Sarah Flaherty, Ella Gardiner, Halee Harder, Tyrell Johnson, Brooke Jones, Lily Kobzdej, Ashley Manners, Savana McCabe, Lyric Neel, Justina Pagán, Kathryn Rosenberg, Ireland Slover, Jules Straughn, Chloe Taylor, Claire Ullery, Ash Marie Van Ness


The UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company

 The Kaleidoscope Dance Company, founded in 1975, is the touring company for the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Dance. The company has performed internationally in Mexico, Canada and South Korea, nationally at the Gibney Center in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the American College Dance Association National Festival. The company also performs annually at the American College Dance Association Conference, for regional festivals in Kansas, Missouri and Texas and in two annual concerts at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre. Kaleidoscope has a strong arts outreach program and has conducted workshops and performances in schools and senior centers throughout Oklahoma. The Kaleidoscope Dance Company has received many awards including the Edmond “Community Support for the Arts Award” for arts outreach; The National College Choreography Initiative Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Outstanding Student Choreographer and the Outstanding Student Performer for the American College Dance Association National Festival. Each year the company invites internationally and nationally renowned artists to set choreography and teach master classes. Past guest artists who have set work on Kaleidoscope include company members from Diavolo/Architecture in Motion and Pilobolus; 10 Hairy Legs; Bill Evans, Loretta Livingston and Mike Esparanza; Idan Cohen and Noa Shiloh from Israel; and Lachlan McCarthy from Australia. The Kaleidoscope Dance Company fosters the unique talents and creative voices of each company member and invites audiences to share the world of movement and experience the art of dance.

Kaleidoscope Company Members: Sarah Flaherty, Haley Fort, Ella Gardiner, Halee Harder, Bri Hernandez, Tyrell Johnson, Ashley Manners, Madilynn Mar, Savana McCabe, Kaitlyn Murphy, Sydney Oakley, Kaito Ono, Cielo Pallares, Avery Patterson, Devynne Peppiatt, Dakota Ross, Jade Russell, Ireland Slover, Jules Straughn, Katie Sturm, Chloe Taylor, Z Taylor, Hannah Beth Washburn

KD2 Company Members: Kira Blessitt, Olivia Cazrniecki, Zion Dangerfield, Delesia Graham, Grace Jackson, KeShaun James, Brooke Jones, Lily Kobzdej, Madi Laws, Wei Nah Long, Aerial Luna, Elena Manning, Lyric Neel, Justina Pagán, Abigail Paulson, Kathryn Rosenberg, Claire Ullery, Amiyah Underwood, Ash Marie Van Ness, Katy Whitfield


Guest Artists

Bubba Carr is best known as a choreographer and dancer. He enjoyed a long and successful commercial career in Los Angeles for 20 years. He moved to Atlanta in 2004 to be closer to family and continue his career in entertainment choreographing film, television, and theatre. Carr’s choreographic credits include films “Godmothered,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Passengers,” “Goosebumps,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Internship,” and “Bolden”; TV shows “The Resident,” “The Big Door Prize,” “Ozark,” “The Originals,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “The Detour” and “Drop Dead Diva”; and on stage, “Cabaret,” “Grease,” “Carousel,” “Evita,” “Oklahoma,” “Miss Saigon,” “Hair,” “Peter Pan,” “Little Mermaid,” “Titanic,” “The Seagull,” “Aida,” “Oliver” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” Carr has danced and choreographed for Cher on four world tours, music videos and TV specials, has toured with Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros with lead man Perry Farrell multiple times, as well as Zac Brown Band. Currently, Carr manages Xcel Studios in Atlanta, the premier studio for professional dancers in the southeast.

Nathaniel Tylor received his BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is trained in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. He has also been trained in African dance, Bharatanatyam and aerial dance. Mr. Tylor has had the esteemed opportunity to present his own choreographic work at two American College Dance Association conferences where his work was selected for the Gala performance. He is also one of the few students who was selected for two consecutive years to present their own choreographic research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. He currently teaches across the Oklahoma City and Edmond area in Hip-Hop, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. “As an artist I think it is important to represent the community that you come from. To be another face and voice amongst the people. Art in Oklahoma is making moves one step at a time, and I want to be a part of the innovation.”

Andrew Wass has been investigating movement and its uses as a performance medium and as a medium for cogitation for over 20 years. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities. He formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his performance works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, he creates works using a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. The possibilities are reduced and concentrated in the moments of execution and reception. A member of the Lower Left Performance Collective since 2002, he is a certified teacher of the ReWire Movement Method and Ensemble Thinking, both initially developed by Nina Martin. He graduated from the MA program of Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin. Currently, Andrew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Dance through Texas Woman’s University. His area of research is the nexus of philosophy, cognitive science, and improvised dance-making. He is investigating ways to describe change in the actions of the solo body while improvising.
Department of Dance Faculty

Amy (Sabine) Griffith began dancing at the age of 12 with Kay Sandel and Lisa Webb at Classical Ballet School in Oklahoma City. She later graduated with a BFA from the Department of Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been teaching in the Edmond area since 2003. Her passion is teaching ballet and she is forever grateful not just for the ballet, modern and jazz training she received during her college career at UCO, but also for the opportunity to come back and give alongside the wonderful people who gave to her!

Sheri Hayden is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance. She is a dance faculty at both Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma where she teaches a variety of dance techniques and academic courses to dance and musical theater majors. Additionally, Sheri serves as the Executive Director of RACE Dance Collective, a nonprofit dance company in Oklahoma City. This is her second piece to be set on UCO’s Kaleidoscope/KD2 company, and she is extremely grateful to be able to set such a fun piece with these dancers. Much love and appreciation to them for embracing her “cardiography” and for making the process so fun!

Tina Kambour was born in Florida and lived in New York for 12 years before relocating to Oklahoma three decades ago. She is the Assistant Chair for the Department of Dance and Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Her choreography, which has been commissioned for professional companies and universities, has been presented in Mexico, Canada, S. Korea and in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and a Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapist. From 1999-2008, she was a visiting summer faculty member at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has taught throughout the US, in Mexico, Northern Ireland, Guatemala and South Korea. She is currently listed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster and had her first residency last May at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Kim Loveridge has had the privilege of being on the faculty at UCO for the past 12 years. During that time, she taught technique courses in jazz, modern, ballet, tap, hip-hop as well as Fosse repertoire and jazz history. She is co-director of the KD2 Company (along with Hui Cha Poos) and has set many works on both the KD2 and Kaleidoscope company. Kim graduated from the University of California, Irvine with her MFA in 2011 receiving a full fellowship and teaching assistant position. While in California, she earned her Pilates Certification from Studio du Corps in Costa Mesa. Prior to living in California, she was the director of the Bishop McGuinness dance program. Kim has choreographed and taught for RACE Dance Company, Perpetual Motion Dance, Six Flags New England, OK-LA Dance Conventions and many others. She is thrilled to be part of such a great program and so proud of the students here.

Michelle Moeller is an Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Dance. She is also the founder of Perpetual Motion Dance and served as Artistic Director for 20 years. Her performance and choreography have been part of numerous concerts and festivals, including the Houston Fringe Festival, ROGUE in Fresno, CA, Tulsa SummerStage, Live at the Crossroads in Kansas City and the New Genre Festival in Tulsa. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where she was awarded the Excellence in Choreography scholarship. As Director of Perpetual Motion Dance, Michelle produced 23 original concerts, most recently Y20, Perpetual Motion’s 20-year anniversary celebration and REWIND in collaboration with Factory Obscura in Oklahoma City.  In 2013, she was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s “40 Under 40” by Oklahoma Magazine for her contributions to the arts landscape of Oklahoma. She was also awarded the 2022 Modeling the Way award at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Amy Nevius currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma as well as the Theatre Department at Rose State College.  Additionally, she is the resident choreographer for all theatre productions produced by RSC Theatre.  Amy completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Since then, she has worked to bring arts education in the form of dance and creative movement to a wide range of participants throughout the state of Oklahoma through artist-in-residence programs, master classes, workshops, arts camps, staff development sessions, seminars, adjudications, committee service, performances and guest choreographer positions. In addition to her work in Arts Education, Amy is a founding member and the newly named Artistic Director of Oklahoma’s premiere modern and aerial dance company, Perpetual Motion Dance.  Amy’s professional performances and choreography have been a part of numerous concerts, festivals, theatre productions and arts-centered events throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and California.

Alexander Olivieri grew up in Newark, Delaware and danced professionally in New York City for 9 years. For 5 of those years, he toured internationally with 10 Hairy Legs, a male-identifying repertory dance company, and he has also danced for Christopher Williams, Mike Esperanza, Abarukas, Shawn Bible Dance Company to name a few. As an educator, Alexander has taught workshops at academic institutions such as Skidmore College, University of Nebraska, Wichita State, University of Missouri, University of Rochester, UNC Greensboro, New World School of the Arts, Bowdoin College, and Colby College. In 2019 Alexander served as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Philosophy from Boston College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington. At UCO, he teaches Modern Dance, Dance Appreciation and Composition, and in the next two years, he’ll be teaching new courses, Dance Anatomy and Dance Film. He is thrilled to be working with the intelligent, curious and committed dance students at UCO. His students and colleagues have made this transition to Oklahoma an easy one!

Robyn Pasternack enjoys teaching all subjects in Ballet. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah.  Her performing career includes dancing with the OffCenter Dance Company in New York, Utah Ballet, Fort Worth City Ballet, Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, Prairie Dance Theater, and Festival Ballet. Ms. Pasternack has taught at the Virginia School of the Arts as well as Randolf Macom Woman’s College in Virginia, Burlington Ballet in Vermont, Classen School of Advanced Studies, and the University of Oklahoma. She has created a variety of programs and lectures for special needs communities including the development of the Dance and Down Syndrome Summer Workshop at UCO. Her choreography includes several works for the Kaleidoscope Dance Company, the Department of Theatre, and work with the film documentarian Jeffery Palmer. She has also choreographed for Oklahoma City Ballet’s Future Voices Showcase, the Painted Sky Opera’s Christmas performance and collaborations with the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association. She received the “Collaborative Team” award for her ballet “Sincerely Beatrice,” and has been nominated two times for the “Nelly Excellence in Teaching” award, received the “Making a Difference” award, and “Great Inspirations State of Creativity” award.

Hui Cha Poos has been teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma for 20 years where she is head of the Jazz Department and Dance Education Coordinator. After a successful career as a dancer, she co-founded Oklahoma Dance Alliance, OKLA Dance Connection, Groove Street Productions (Vancouver, BC) and is the founder and Academy Director of RACE Dance Collective, the first professional Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Company in Oklahoma. She has choreographed numerous projects and productions for Lyric Theatre, Pollard Theatre Company, Oklahoma City Rep, Nike, Blu Cantrell, Tulsa Project Theatre, OCU, Summer Stock and of course, UCO. Her original choreographic works have been featured in dance concerts in LA (Commonality Dance concert), New York (The Gibney), Seoul, Korea (Tune Dance) and she has had short films (Swirl, Homecoming Trilogy, and The Guard) featured in several festivals from SXSW to Hamburg, Germany. Recent film credits include Full Out 2 (Netflix) choreographer and Finding Carlos (Apple TV)-producer, choreographer. In 2021, she was selected as one of “6 Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Publication and was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education. Hui recently received the Artist of the Year Award by the Paseo Arts District for her work in 2022.

Desiree LaVigne Roan began studying dance in her hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma at the age of seven. She completed her formal ballet education in Ft. Worth, Texas with the Southwest Ballet Center.  Desiree has studied modern dance technique with William “Bill” Evans and Jennifer Predock-Linnell at the University of New Mexico and Jamie Jacobson at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Currently, Desiree is finalizing her Teacher’s Certification in The Evans Method, with The Evans Somatic Dance Institute.  Desiree performed professionally with the Fort Worth City Ballet, Ballet Midland, Ballet Oklahoma and Southwest Ballet Company.  Desiree enjoys staging ballet classics as well as creating original choreography. Desiree recently served as Guest Resident Character Artist for Oklahoma City Ballet and has served as a teaching artist for Oklahoma State Arts Council since 2000.  She has been a visiting Ballet Master for such universities as the University of New Mexico, the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University School of Dance. Desiree has served as director for Dance New Mexico, Albuquerque Ballet Company (guest), Victoria Ballet Theatre (guest), Ballet Lubbock, Rochester Ballet School, Academy of Dance Arts and Ketchikan Theatre Ballet.

Jane Vorburger completed her dance training at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet.  She joined American Ballet Theatre at age sixteen and spent five years with this company performing principle, soloist and corps de ballet roles in the U.S.A. and abroad.  She studied Contact Improvisation at Oberlin College and then completed her MFA at New York University.  She spent six years in New York teaching at schools including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Group, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Marymount Manhattan College. In 2009 she finished the 92nd Street Y’s certificate in dance education with Jody Arnold and Tina Curran. She was a substitute teacher in all boroughs for public school dance classes teaching a Laban-based dance curriculum. She also taught Laban-based dance education classes for the outreach programs of City Center and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012 she became the School Director of Oklahoma City Ballet and eventually taught for four years at Classen School of Advanced Studies. She currently teaches at universities and schools in the Oklahoma City area. Jane is passionate about using dance education and creativity to deepen community. She is certified in all levels of the ABT NTC.


Production Crew

Stage Manager–Katlin King
Assistant Stage Managers–Kalina Collins, Taylor Lowell
Technical Director–Patterson Allen
Assistant Technical Director–Christian Heffron
Scene Shop Employees–Lorenzo Butler, Gillian Andersen, Alyssa Cargill
Stage Crew–Julie Allison, Alyssa Cargill, Aubree Nicholson, Aa’Zaya Polk, Victoria Weathers
Costume Designer–Megan Richardson
Costume Shop Manager–Brian Butler
Costume Shop Employees–Alexis Gass, Kylee Vera, Riley Hall, Alejandra Carnero, Kennedy Hurst, Bonnye Payne, Lillie Taylor
Wardrobe Supervisor–Riley Hall
Wardrobe Crew–Bailey Carpenter, Meghan Haynes
Lighting Designer–Jamison Rhoads
Master Electrician–Ellen Schmidt
Lighting Shop Employee–Sam Cox, Isabell Hales, Brayden Pogson
Light Board Operator–Roen Winters
Sound Designer–Samantha Aldridge
Sound Shop Employee–Elyse Schmidt, Brayden Pogson
Sound Board Operator–Madison Kelly
Production Manager–Latricia Taylor
Assistant Production Manager–Rox Allen Kerby
Front of House Manager–Matt Fowler
Box Office Staff–Lamar Burns, Jenna Gaston, Leah Maier, Roberto Lopez Jr., Emma Livingston, Kody Clark, Jacey Nichole, Madeline Young, Baily Hill

Production Crew Bios

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 is for you. 😀 Every show is always dedicated to her family and her dog, Banjo.

Jamison Rhoads (Lighting Designer) is excited to be living in Edmond and working here at The University of Central Oklahoma. This is Mr. Rhoads’ first (freshman) here at UCO. Prior to coming to UCO Mr. Rhoads has tramped all over the country teaching at Tufts University, The University of New Orleans, Cowley College, Newman University and North Greenville University.  Mr. Rhoads holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Design from Temple University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance from Wichita State University and is an alumnus of the Juilliard School.  Some of Mr. Rhoads’ favorite designs have included Les Misérables, Noises Off, South Pacific, Macbeth and Joyful Noise. Mr. Rhoads is marred to the love of his life Kate.  In 2021 despite the pandemic, they were blessed to have a daughter named Stella.

Katelyn King (Stage Manager) is a sophomore at the University of Central Oklahoma. She spent the past two years at Wichita State University. She is excited about her first semester and first show at UCO! The KD dance is her first-time stage managing a dance show. However, she was previously an ASM for “Love Labours Lost” and “Keepers of the flame” at WSU. She also had a baby this semester. She is eager to continue her stage management career at UCO and professional theatres.

Megan Richardson (Costume Designer) is delighted to be designing the costumes for Kaleidoscope.  She will also be designing the costumes for “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of her favorite Shakespeare plays, along with the musical “Little Women” next spring.  Megan is originally from upstate New York, but her career in theatre has taken her all over the US.  Now she is thrilled to be working in the very vibrant theatre community here in Oklahoma!


College of Fine Arts and Design

Charleen Weidell, Dean
Jill Priest, Associate Dean
Dr. Sandra Thompson, Interim Assistant Dean
Dr. Kato Buss, Interim Assistant Dean

UCO Department of Dance

Full-Time Faculty
Michelle Moeller, Chair
Tina Kambour, Assistant Chair
Alexander Olivieri
Robyn Pasternack
Hui Cha Poos

Adjunct Faculty
Amy Griffith
Sheri Hayden
Desiree LaVigne-Roan
Kim Loveridge
Amy Nevius
Jane Vorberger

Administrative Assistant
Beverly Hamilton

Mitchell Hall Theatre
Latricia Taylor, Director of University Productions
Rox Allen Kerby, Manager of University Production
Matthew Fowler, Front of House Manager
Patterson Allen, Technical Director
Christian Heffron, Assistant Technical Director
Brian Butler, Costume Shop Manager
Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician & Lighting Designer
Samantha Aldridge, Sound Engineer
Scott Roberts, Resident Scenic Designer
Megan Ann Richardson, Resident Costume Designer


Special Thanks

Charleen Weidell, Dean, CFAD
Beverly Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
Savana McCabe, Kaleidoscope Student Rehearsal Director
Madilynn Mar, Dance Department Student Office Assistant

Special Thanks to Our Dance Supporters & Patrons

Permanent Scholarship Endowments:
F. Ann Shanks Outstanding Performer in Dance Endowed Award
Jamie Jacobson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Richard Denson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Warren Armstrong Dance Scholarship
Hannah McCarty Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship
Lorraine Remmel Watson Dance Scholarship
Lillian Pruett Elevé Scholarship for Dance
Amy Reynolds-Reed Endowed Scholarship for Dance
Maja Kristin Scholarship for Dance


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The Hannah McCarty Summer Workshop Scholarship
The UCO Dance Department has established the Hannah McCarty Dance Scholarship in her memory and to honor Hannah’s love of dance. The Hannah McCarty Scholarship is awarded to a most deserving dance student from Hannah’s alma mater, the Classen School of Advanced Studies. This tuition scholarship covers the annual UCO Super Saturdays of Dance and the one-week UCO Summer Dance Workshop.
For information on how to apply, contact Cameelah Pennington, Director of Dance at Classen
School of Advanced Studies (405) 556-5048.


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Rooster

Rooster – UCO Department of Theatre Arts
7:30PM Thursday, Oct. 27–29, 2022
2PM Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022
Mitchell Hall Theatre


The University of Central Oklahoma
College of Fine Arts and Design
and the
Department of Theatre Arts
Present

Rooster
Written by Skyler Q. Andrews

Director – Michael Anthony Page
Scenic Designer – Devin Scheef
Costume Designer – Becky McGuigan
Lighting Designer – Sam Cox
Sound Designer – Samantha Aldridge
Projection Designer – Skylar Selby-Mullins
Stage Manager – Rae Dorlac


PREFACE

Sometime in the summer of 2011, I sat down in my parents’ study, at my mother’s work desk—as my own laptop had gone out of commission—and with a playwriting format template I found after some hearty googling, began whittling away at what would become the first draft of Rooster.

The idea had incubated for about five years at that point. A classically hardboiled and unabashedly southern murder mystery, redolent with the blues, gospel, and the pangs of old-time religion. A story about Black people, with a Black private detective hero; the ilk of Hammett’s Sam Spade, Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, McDonald’s Lew Archer and Mosley’s Easy Rawlins; set in my hometown of Aiken, South Carolina, in 1947.

 I wasn’t a mere visitor to this world. Years’ worth of scribbled notes in tattered Moleskines still attest to humid afternoons in coffee shops wrestling with people I made up, discerning their motivations, indexing their histories and affectations, interviewing them with due diligence.

By the time I finally sat down to write the thing, I was all too sure I already knew this story, this world, and its people like the back of my hand. By the time I had written the second scene, I’d come to accept that, much like my subconscious, I hadn’t actually spent as much time examining the back of my hand as I thought.

But that journey wasn’t a slog; it was all I could’ve hoped for, discovering and rediscovering these characters and their strivings, this tale and its meaning. It is a journey I have undergone many times over the years, revising, note taking, preparing for readings or for a future production that I always believed would happen but only in some distant “one of these days.”

I am grateful, to biblical proportions, that “one of these days” is finally here. Not only because of how long it took to get here, or how it got here, but because this represents the ultimate stratum of “rediscovery.” I will meet these characters, now in the flesh, visit this world, experience this tale, for the first time again, so to speak. I will learn what their journeys mean, read new subtexts, discern new histories, raise new questions. I will not only see the Rooster come to life, but I will get to do so in the proper context of drama—alongside an audience.

I am grateful for this most providential opportunity, I am grateful to the University of Central Oklahoma, the Department of Theatre Arts, and this happy legion of more than capable hands—not least of all Mr. Page, and a wonderful and talented young cast.

And most of all—because why else should this play exist—I am grateful for the audience, with whom I am humbled and honored to share this journey.

There’s much to say about Rooster and, I pray, plenty being said in it as well. For now, let it suffice to say that I look mighty forward to learning and relearning, myself, what this mysterious juke joint has to say to, for, and about us, then and now. I hope you do, too.

Skyler Q. Andrews


CAST

Vernon C. Beaumont
Benjamin Barker

Milton Cartwright
Brayden Pogson

Naomi Cartwright
Rainey Denison

Lincoln Morris
Davin Bivins

Ty “Switch” Williams
Raymond McGuire

Purvis “Shankbone” Grier
James Coplen

Cindy Cartwright
Belle Kaufman

Eli Cartwright
Cutter Acker

Job Cartwright
Joe Campbell

Susannah Cartwright
Taylor Loomis

Sgt. Dale Marzden
Ethan Sparks

Ronnie Mae Little
Erin Thompson

Rev. Regina Weaver
Stepheney Smith

Loretta
JD Bledstone

Jailer / Hotel Clerk
Cole Shoemaker

Churchgoers / Rooster Patrons
Blair Hill-Howard, Gia Brown, Jayden Brown


 Time: Fall, 1947
Place: Aiken, South Carolina

We will hold a brief 15 minute intermission after the second act


DIRECTOR’S NOTE

The human condition in the late 1940’s in the deep south bears some striking similarities to our current societal, racial,and religious norms. When asked, “why did I choose to direct “Rooster”?” I replied, “because at its core it tells the story of how we got where we are today.”  Tackling a new piece of work brought excitement and trepidation. However, the strong urge to tell this story has compelled me to bring this experience to the stage for the first time. The racial and religious overtones of this play, coupled with the storylines of infidelity, societal norms, and the emerging status of educated African Americans, is a story I had to tell. Combining this story with the students’ energy and overall intensity has made this an enjoyable experience to direct. I hope you enjoy the journey!
– Michael Anthony Page


CAST BIOS

Cutter Acker (Eli Cartwright) is ecstatic to perform in the world premiere of “Rooster” at UCO! Other productions of his consist of UCO’s Mainstage production of “Clue” (Wadsworth), the UCO Blackbox APO production of “The Shadow Box” (Mark) and Choctaw High School productions such as “The Crucible” (Reverend John Hale). Cutter would like to thank his family, friends, and co-stars for always being there when he needs them most! “The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.” – Arthur Miller.

Benjamin Barker (Vernon C. Beaumont) is thrilled to bring this staging of Rooster together. Previously seen in Collin Andrulonis’ direction of “Corpus Christi” as John the Baptist and has recently gotten involved with film production at the Film Education Institution of Oklahoma (FEIO). As a senior of performance at UCO, Benjamin is looking forward to creating with collaborators within Oklahoma and beyond.

Davin Bivins (Lincoln Morris) is extremely excited to be part of something bigger than himself. Davin lives in OKC with his parents and attends UCO. He is a current junior in the program and will be performing in his first ever live play on stage. He is very excited about his character and role in the play. Davin’s hobbies include mostly video games and basketball. He can also do a plethora of voice impressions. He wants to make the audience feel something when he performs.

JD Bledsoe (Loretta) born and raised in Spencer, Oklahoma is a third-year theatre performance major. JD currently serves as the President for the Black Student Association, and a lead mentor for the Black Women’s Initiative to name a couple. You’ve probably seen her face around due to her vast amount of campus involvement. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, listening to music and being in nature. JD is furthering her education with a degree in theatre performance with the determination of pursuing a screen acting career.

Gianna Brown (Ensemble) is a freshman theater performance major. She graduated from Mustang High School. She would like to thank her family for their love and support. She is a member of the ensemble as well as understudy for Loretta.

Jayden Brown (Ensemble) is a freshman at UCO. He is very honored to be part of this show. Jayden is a member of the ensemble and plays the bartender. He is very excited to be able to perform on Mitchell Hall’s stage again and to see the other actors shine.

Josiah Campell (Job Cartwright) is very excited to be in “Rooster.” This is his first show on the main stage at UCO. He would like to thank his director Michael Page, his wonderful cast members, and the stage manager Rae Dorlac for a professional yet lighthearted experience.

James Coplen (Purvis “Shankbone” Grier) is a multi-instrumentalist and actor from the OKC area. A songwriter, he is also a member of the band “the confused.” James’ previous roles include Jimmy Ray Dobbs – “Bright Star” and William Blore – “And Then There Were None.” A freshman in UCO’s musical theatre program, James is excited to kick off his college career with “Rooster”!

Rainey Denison (Naomi Cartwright) is ecstatic to be a part of the “Rooster” cast. Rainey is a junior theatre performance major at UCO. She has recently been seen in last fall’s APO production of “The Shadow Box” and in UCO’s spring production of Corpus Christi.” She would like to give a special thanks to her mom and dad for always supporting and encouraging her to do what she loves, her siblings for all the help they’ve given and her friends for having her back. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Instagram: @Raineydenison

Blair Hill-Howard (Ensemble) is a senior Theater Performance major! Blair transferred to UCO two years ago and they have been in productions such as “Corpus Christi” and Laramie Project. They are so grateful and excited to be a part of the premier cast of “Rooster”!

Belle Kaufman (Cindy Cartwright) is a junior and is excited to play the first ever Cindy in the premiere of “Rooster”! Some of her favorite roles have been Shelby from “Steel Magnolias,” as well as a Ronnette, and head choreographer of “Little Shop of Horrors.” She would like to thank her family, friends and everyone involved in this show for their support and hard work.

Taylor Loomis (Susannah Cartwright) is very excited to be a part of this production and share the stage with such a talented cast. She is playing the role of Susannah Cartwright. She is a senior theater performance major. She was most recently seen in Jewel Box Theater’s production of “Brief Encounter.” This is Taylor’s first production on the Mitchell Hall stage, and she is grateful to be a part of the world premiere of “Rooster.” She would like to thank her family, friends and partner for supporting her and her passions.

 Raymond McGuire

Brayden Pogson (he/him) (Milton Cartwright) is a sophomore here at UCO as a theatre performance and theatre design and technology major. He has previously been seen in UCO’s “Clue” (Colonel Mustard), Poteet Theatre’s “Footloose” (Dance Captain) and Upstage Theatre’s “Anything Goes” (Moonface Martin). Brayden is a consistent performer at Frontier City as well. He is very excited to be originating this play!

Cole Shoemaker (Jailor/Hotel Clerk) is super-duper excited to be a part of this “Rooster” cast. He is a sophomore theater performance major at UCO. He was previously in “Clue” (cop) and Corpus Christi (Thaddeus). He has never been this close to the sun but swears he will not burn. He likes to thank his abovestudy Braydon Pogson, Stage Manager Rae and the whole cast and crew.

 Stepheny Smith (Rev. Regina Weaver) is the Executive Assistant for the VP of Enrollment and Student Success.  She has worked at UCO for over 12 years.  In her spare time, she loves to sing, read and travel. On two separate occasions while visiting NYC, she was fortunate enough to see “The Lion King” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway.  Stepheny was born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma and to her knowledge she is not related to Joe Exotic. Stepheny is a graduate of John Marshall High School and a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University.

Ethan Sparks (Sgt. Dale Marzden) is a sophomore theater performance major at UCO, and is excited to be part of the world premiere of “Rooster”! You may have caught him in UCO’s fall production of “Puffs” as the dragon, as well as UCO’s Short Play Festival rendition of “Exterminator” playing Willie. He wants to thank Director Michael Page for letting him be part of this production and also wants to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work, he will cherish the memories they’ve made. Finally, he wants to thank his friends and family for always pushing him forward.

Erin Thompson (Ronnie Mae Little) is a sophomore theatre performance major, from Spencer, Oklahoma. Some of Erin’s credits include “Sister Act” and “Puffs” at UCO, Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol,” “Grease,” Lyric Kids’ “Clubhouse” and “The Cat In The Hat” at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Erin would like to thank all of her friends and family for their wonderful support during her journey!
Instagram: @erin_nicole75

ARTISTIC STAFF BIOS

Michael Anthony Page (Director) is thrilled at the opportunity to mount “Rooster” for UCO’s Theater Mainstage. Michael is returning to directing after taking a hiatus to pursue acting/film opportunities. Michael has directed productions of “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Purlie Victorious” for the Amani Players in New York City.
Michael has performed Nationally and Internationally in theater and film roles. Some of his local favorite theater roles include Simon in “The Whipping Man” (Carpenter Square), Mister in “The Color Purple” (Pollard Theater), Crooks in “Of Mice and Men” (OKC Theater Co.) and Murray in “The Odd Couple” (Lyric Theater). Other Regional Equity roles include Ken in “Ain’t Misbehavin” (Theatreworks, CA), TonTon in “Once on This Island” (American Musical Theater, CA), Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Theatreworks, CA), Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” (American Musical Theater, CA) and Homer in “The Lilies of the Field” (Willows Theater, CA). National Equity tours include roles of Martin Luther King Jr. in the musical “Martin” and vocal soloist performances with the Denver Symphony and Philadelphia Pops. Television credits include Soloist at NFL Super Bowl XX Halftime show.  A graduate of the School of Performing Arts in New York City, Michael’s recent film credits include “Gremlin” (2017), “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles,” “A Country Romance,” “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Upcoming films include “Unbreakable Boy” (Lionsgate) and “The Quest for Tom Sawyers Gold” (Lionsgate)!

Sam Cox (Lighting Designer) is a senior theatre design and technology student with a focus in lighting design. She is delighted to be a part of the world premiere of “Rooster”! 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 also recently worked as an electrician and lighting designer at Stagedoor Manor to produce a total of 31 shows in nine weeks, as well as an electrician and programmer with 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.

Devin Pierce Scheef, MFA (Scenic Designer) is the Assistant Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at UCO.  In addition to designing scenery for recent Mitchell Hall productions including “The Consul” and “Puffs,” he has designed for regional and educational theaters across the country, and performed a variety of operational and show-support roles within the theme park, cruise line, and circus industries.

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.

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 “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.”

Rae Dorlac (Stage manager) is a sophomore design and technology major with a focus in stage management. Their most recognizable shows include “Consul” and “Clue” in the spring ’22 semester here at UCO. She is absolutely thrilled to be stage managing the world premiere of “Rooster” on the Mitchell Hall stage.

Skylar Selby-Mullins (Projections Designer) is a senior theatre design and technology major at the University of Oklahoma. She is excited to be apart UCO’s wonderful production of “Rooster.” She would like to thank her family for their love and support as she continues to pursue her dreams.


PRODUCTION CREW

Director: Michael Anthony Page*
Dramaturg: Angelique Bruner
Stage Manager: Rae Dorlac
Assistant Stage Manager: Meagan Klusman
Movement Coach and Combat Choreographer:  Kris Kuss
Scenic Designer: Devin Scheef
Technical Director: Patterson Allen
Assistant Technical Director: Christian Heffron
Scene Shop Employees: Lorenzo Butler, Gillian Andersen, Alyssa Cargill
Stage Crew: Rebecca Kauten, Alyssa Cargill, Huieun Lee, Bee Palmer, Joe Dunn, Sueun Kim, Cadence Bristol   
Properties Master: Alexis Gass
Costumer Designer: Becky McGuigan
Costume Shop Manager: Brian Butler
Costume Shop Employees: Alexis Gass, Kylee Vera, Riley Hall, Alejandra Carnero, Kennedy Hurst, Bonnye Payne, Lillie Taylor
Wardrobe Supervisor: Riley Hall
Wardrobe Crew: Tae Bradshaw
Wigs Stylist: Brawna Gfeller
Lighting Designer: Sam Cox
Master Electrician: Ellen Schmidt
Lighting Shop Employees: Samantha Cox, Isabell Hales, Brayden Pogson
Light Board Operator: Madison Kelly
Sound Designer: Samantha Aldridge
Sound Board Operator/A1: Elyse Schmidt
Sound Shop Employees: Elyse Schmidt, Brayden Pogson
Production Manager: Latricia Taylor
Assistant Production Manager: Rox Allen Kerby
Box Office Manager: Matthew Fowler
Box Office Staff: Lamar Burns, Jenna Gaston, Leah Maier, Roberto Lopez Jr., Emma Livingston, Kody Clark, Jacey Nichole, Madeline Young

*indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association


SPECIAL THANKS

College of Fine Arts and Design
Charleen Weidell, Dean
Jill Priest, Associate Dean
Dr. Sandra Thompson, Interim Assistant Dean
Dr. Kato Buss, Interim Assistant Dean

Department of Theatre Arts
Daisy Nystul, Interim Chair
Devin Scheef, Assistant Chair
Collin Andrulonis, Head of Theatre Arts/Communication Education
Kato Buss, Performance
Rebecca McGuigan, Head of Design and Technology
Sue Ellen Reiman, Improvisation Instructor
Jamison Rhoads, Design and Technology
Sandy Adams, Administrative Professional

Mitchell Hall Theatre
Latricia Taylor, Director of University Productions
Rox Allen Kerby, Manager of University Production
Matthew Fowler, Front of House Manager
Patterson Allen, Technical Director
Christian Heffron, Assistant Technical Director
Brian Butler, Costume Shop Manager
Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician & Lighting Designer
Samantha Aldridge, Sound Engineer
Scott Roberts, Resident Scenic Designer
Megan Ann Richardson, Resident Costume Designer


This production is part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre.


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Get discounts on the things you love while supporting the next generation of artists, designers & performers at UCO.

The Central Arts Card is a fundraising effort benefiting UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design and a community outreach effort. As a cardholder, your donation supports the arts and grants you discounts at our partner organizations. Visit go.uco.edu/cac to learn more!

Partner Organizations

Blue J’s Rockin’ Grill — 10% off purchases*

Commonplace Books — 10% off purchases*

Edmond Historical Society & Museum — 10% off gift shop purchases / 1 free admission to “1940s RadioTheatre” show*

Edmond Fine Arts Institute — 10% off classes*

UCO Jazz Lab — $5 off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

Mitchell Hall Theatre — 10% off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

Mt Everest Cuisines — 10% off purchases over $20 / Free drinks on purchases over $30*

School of Rock — $50 off first-month private lessons enrollment. $75 off first-month group or lesson+group enrollment*

This is just the beginning! Our list of partner organizations in this new program is growing every week.
*Some restrictions may apply. Contact the partner organization for additional details.

Listening Through Silence

7:30PM Friday Oct. 7, 2022
Mitchell Hall Theatre
2022 Fall Choral Concert


Listening Through Silence

UCO University Choir
Stephanie Keegan-Moring, director
Hwaju Lee, piano
Cantare
Drs. Molly Johnson & Karl Nelson, directors
Luis Vasquez, assistant director
Hwaju Lee, piano
Cantilena
Dr. Molly Johnson, director
Luis Vasquez, assistant director
Hwaju Lee, piano
Concert Chorale
Dr. Karl Nelson, director
Keegan Rose, assistant director
Rondal Wallace, piano


PROGRAM

The Morning Trumpet
B.F. White
Arr. Mack Wilberg
Text by John Leland

Cantare

I Will Be Earth
Gwenyth Walker

Prayer of the Children
Kurt Bestor

You Raise Me Up
Brendan Graham & Rolf Løvland
Arr. Roger Emerson

University Choir

In the Silence
Jacob Naverud

In Silence
Jens Klimek

Let My Silence Grow
Zachary J. Moore

Faith Morrissey, soprano

There Is a Place
Rosephanye Powell

Cantilena

Does the World Say?
Kyle Pederson

Alyssa Hedding, Kylie Weldon, soloists; joined by Cantare
Sam Gilles, violin

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel
Rodgers & Hammerstein

Combined Cantilena and Cantare

When David Heard
Thomas Weelkes

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Traditional Hymn

Alex Mullings, soprano

The Rumor of a Secret King
John Mackey
Text by A. E. Jaques

The Bridge Builder
Don Macdonald
Text by Will Allen Dromgoole

The Sun Never Says
Dan Forrest
Text by Daniel Ladinsky

Crucifixion (“He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word”)
Traditional Spiritual
Arr. by Adolphus Hailstork


UNIVERSITY CHOIR PERSONNEL

Madeline Angier – Edmond – Undecided
Gabriella Beck – Yukon – Musical Theatre
Evan Bryan – Edmond – Undecided
Garett Christensen – Spiro – Musical Theatre
Noah Cochran – Edmond – Musical Theatre
Baylee Fitzgerald – Enid – Musical Theatre
Danielle Gosset – Oklahoma City – Child Development
Jonathan Hansen – Oklahoma City – Psychology
Auburn Hilliard – Edmond – Musical Theatre
Laura Liepins – Edmond – Human Development
Emma Livingston – Ft. Worth, TX – Musical Theatre
Jo McBride – Altus – Software Engineering
Samuel Moran
Abby Morris-Sherman – Shawnee – Musical Theatre
Sophia Mullican – Austin, TX – Musical Theatre
Mychenna Pike – Noble – Forensic Science/ Musical Theatre
Elyse Schmidt – Tahlequah – Forensic Molecular Biology
Sarah Scott – Edmond – Musical Theatre
Pierson Van den Dyssel – Grapevine, TX – Musical Theatre
Logan Wright – Midwest City – Musical Theatre
Zhikun Han – China – Vocal Performance

CANTARE PERSONNEL

Nathan Bosworth – Joshua Tree, CA – Musical Theatre
Alex Bowen – Yukon – Forensic Science/Criminal Justice
Campbell Casillo – Edmond – Psychology
Eli Davis – Woodward – Computer Science
Grant Galloway – Broken Arrow – Musical Theatre
Keith Hernandez – El Reno – Vocal Performance
Meo Holloway – Okmulgee – Audio Production
Daniel Johnson – Altus – Musical Theatre
Hayden Johnson – Enid – Vocal Performance
Joe McBride – Altus – Software Engineering
Brenden McCarthy – Trophy Club, TX – Musical Theatre
Emiliano Ramirez – Edmond – Piano Performance
Josiah Reyes – Yukon – Vocal Performance
Luis Vasquez – Cabimas, Venezuela – Choral Conducting/Vocal Pedagogy—MM

CANTILENA PERSONNEL

Tierra Alexander – Mustang – Music
Madelyn Arriola – Little Elm, TX – Musical Theatre
Leah Chopan – Dallas, TX – International Business
Kaia Crawford – Moore – Musical Theatre
Gillian Hart – Norman – Psychology
Alyssa Hedding – Flower Mound, TX – Musical Theatre
Gabrielle Hightower – Del City – Vocal Music Education
Carolyne King – Edmond – Biology
Eleanor Little – Edmond – General Studies
Jaci McDaniel – Goodwell – Organizational Communications
Storm Meriwether – Oklahoma City – Vocal Performance
Faith Morrissey – Claremore – Vocal Music Education
Sofie Moxley – Edmond – Vocal Music Education
Avery Murphy – Allen, TX – Musical Theatre
Yutong Nie – Hunan, China – Vocal Performance
Karlie Roulet – Sand Springs – History Education
Nicolette Snider – Weatherford – Vocal Music Education
Lillie Taylor – Independence, KS – Musical Theatre
Turner Tecmire – Fort Smith – Musical Theatre
Kylie Weldon – Oklahoma City – Vocal Music Education

CONCERT CHORALE PERSONNEL

Taylor Bradshaw – Oklahoma City – Vocal Performance
Joshua Buchanan – Guthrie – Vocal Performance
Khalil Cabrera-Tosado – Lawton – Choral Conducting/Vocal Pedagogy—MM
Camille Carlington – Norman – Vocal Music Performance/Psychology
Kody Clark – Midwest City – Fine Arts Administration
Mackenzie Cook – Duncan – Vocal Performance/Vocal Pedagogy—MM
Jarrett Cox – Tuttle – Vocal Music Education
Ashlee Foster – Oklahoma City – Special Education
Erinn Giraudo – Choctaw – General Studies
Bear Harlow – Oklahoma City – Vocal Music Education
Meghan Haynes – Norman – Vocal Performance/Theatre Education
Cheyenne Holland – Yukon – Vocal Performance
Teng Liu – Jiang Su, China – Vocal Performance
Alex Mullings – Edmond – Vocal Performance
Corbyn Nauman – Lawton – Vocal Pedagogy—MM
Davison Nguyen – Oklahoma City – Vocal Performance
Robby Ray – Moore – Music
Keegan Rose – Edmond – Choral Conducting—MM
Makayla Seeney – Kingston – Strategic Communications
Christian Usey – Guthrie – Vocal Performance
Luis Vasquez – Cabimas, Venezuela – Choral Conducting—MM


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Trills, Spills, Chills, and THRILLS!

7:30PM Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Mitchell Hall Theatre


Trills, Spills, Chills, and THRILLS!

Music for life’s most significant moments

UCO Wind Symphony
Dr. Brian Lamb, conductor
Jaleesa Beavers, soprano
Da’Kneisha Nikoyle Blount, guest composer
Justin Noel Hall, guest composer


PROGRAM

Wild Nights! (2007)
Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)

Keepers of the House (2022)
Conni Ellisor (b. 1953)

  • Movement 1
  • Movement 2

Khronos (2021)
Nikoyle Noel
Da’Kneisha Nikoyle Blount (b. 1988)
Justin Noel Hall (b. 1990)      

  1. Hearts Aflutter
  2. Chaos
  3. Carpe Diem
  4. Nothing, but Time (Somewhere)
  5. There’s So Much In-Between
  6. Time is Ever-Fleeting
  7. Ascension

Jaleesa Beavers, Guest Artist, Soprano

J’ai été au bal (1999)
Donald Grantham (b. 1947)


PROGRAM NOTES

Frank Ticheli (b. 21 January 1958, Monroe, La.) is an American composer and conductor.
Ticheli joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony, and he still enjoys a close working relationship with that orchestra and their music director, Carl St. Clair.
Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming, Austria, at the Mid-Europe Music Festival; London and Manchester, England, with the Meadows Wind Ensemble; Singapore, with the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band; and numerous cities in Japan, with the Bands of America National Honor Band.
Frank Ticheli is the winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest for his Symphony No. 2. Other awards for his music include the Charles Ives and the Goddard LiebersonAwards, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.
Dr. Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Klavier, Koch International, and Mark Records. (biographical note from windrep.org)


Wild Nights! is a joyous, colorful seven-minute musical journey inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem:

Wild nights! Wild nights! 
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.

Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

Numerous composers have set the words of Wild Nights! to music (Lee Hoiby‘s song setting and John Adams’ Harmonium come immediately to mind). However, to my knowledge, no one has used this wonderfully sensuous poem as the basis for a purely instrumental tone poem. This was my aim, and in so doing I focused most heavily on the lines “Done with the compass,/Done with the chart” and “Rowing in Eden!/Ah! the sea!” These words suggested the sense of freedom and ecstatic joy that I tried to express in my work.
Throughout the piece, even during its darker middle section, the music is mercurial, impetuous, optimistic. A jazzy syncopated rhythmic motive permeates the journey. Unexpected events come and go, lending spontaneity and a sense of freedom. The work is composed in five distinct sections, but contained within each section are numerous surprises and a devil-may-care swagger. Surprises are found at every turn, and continue right through the final cadence.
Wild Nights! was commissioned by the California Band Directors Association in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  (program notes by the composer)

 

Conni Ellisor (b. 25 September 1953) is an American composer and violinist.
Ms. Ellisor was trained at The Juilliard School and the University of Denver’s University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, and rose to prominence as composer-in-residence of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra in the late 1990s.
As a violinist, she has served as a member of the Denver Symphony, concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic, first violin in the Athena Quartet (now the Colorado Quartet), and is now a top-call studio musician and member of the Nashville String Machine.
Ellisor has written multiple works for the Arlington (N.Y.) High School Philharmonia Orchestra and recently completed a three-year residency with Stringendo, a nonprofit community strings program in upstate New York.
Ellisor has also had a career as a contemporary jazz recording artist. Her Night at the Museum album, one of four solo albums she’s released, climbed to #13 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative chart. (biographical note from windrep.org)

Keepers of the House
Conni describes her inspiration for the piece:
I am intrigued by the relatively new data that all trees are interconnected; that indeed they communicate, send energy to each other, and care for each other. The evidence is overwhelming that all of our forests are alive and communicating, that the “magical trees’ we dreamed about as children are real. And I wonder what that means for us. I find it unlikely that we are the exception, but more probably we’ve just lost the innate intuition that we are also part of the vast interwoven web of life. (program notes by the composer)


Da’Kneisha Nikoyle Blount (b. 17 October 1988, Kansas City, Mo.) is an American composer, singer and educator.
Ms. Blount grew up in the Kansas City area; she began singing gospel music in her grandparent’s church. Her mother, Ivy Bradley, recognized a gift for music in her, so she would have her singing hymns around the house as well as at church at a very young age. The first lady of First Baptist Church of Bethel, Sister Monica, would be the first person to introduce Da’Kneisha to classical singing; she fell in love with it. From there she would go to participate in concert chorus, madrigal singers as well as compete in solo contests throughout her high school career at J. C. Harmon High School Kansas City, Kansas.
Her love of music followed her throughout college at Emporia State and Wichita State; Da’Kneisha has studied in Italy, New York, and New Jersey; she has participated in college stage plays; various musicals and operas. She has sung with The Houston Ebony Guild, an African American opera association that performed negro spirituals, operas, and other classical genres.
Da’Kneisha regularly performs as a principal voice with the American Opera Studio. Her most recent role was Lavecchia from the opera Gianni Schicchi; the studio toured Spain and Portugal performing the opera and a series of sacred music.
Da’Kneisha has served as a worship leader at various churches in the state of Kansas as well as Texas where she was singing both traditional gospel, contemporary Christian, and urban contemporary music. she is currently serving as the worship leader for both the adult and youth praise teams at Grace Tabernacle Family Life Center Outreach. (biographical note from windrep.org)

Justin Noel Hall (b. 18 September 1990, Biloxi, Miss.) is an American composer, singer, model, and percussionist.
Mr. Hall was raised in a New Orleanian household by his military father and educator mother along with an older brother and younger sister. Through primary school, Justin was involved in choir, band and took a couple of years of piano lessons. During middle school, his family relocated to Derby, Kansas, from Anchorage, Alaska. High school introduced him to marching band, madrigals, drama, drumline and the Wichita Youth Orchestra program, where his love for large ensemble music really took off. He was already taking private lessons for percussion and stayed auditioning and getting selected for state ensembles and receiving high marks for his solos during festival season.
Justin graduated from Wichita State University with his master’s degree in music performance in 2019. He’s worked as a drumline Instructor since 2009. Justin has also been the music director at Holy Savior Catholic Church since 2014, and been singing with the gospel choir since 2009. Most recently, Justin has worked with the Forum Theatre as a composer and assistant music director, having received a Mary Jane TeallAward for his original music in the Forum Theatre’s production of The Agitators, his first professional gig writing music for theatre.
In addition to his music career, Justin does professional commercial modeling and acting. (biographical note from windrep.org)

Khronos was written by the duo Nikoyle Noel, made up of Da’Kneisha Nikoyle Blount and Justin Noel Hall.
The idea for Khronos came to Da’Kneisha and Justin during a conversation they had after meeting with Dr. Timothy Shade about commissioning a new piece. Their first thought was, “What do we want to say?” It was then they decided they would write a piece that illustrates these moments of the human experience, all through the lens of time. Khronos reflects on seven different facets of the human condition through the lens of time; butterflies from love, envy of “The Joneses,” stagnation, and aging being a few of those themes.
The first movement, Heart Aflutter, is about Justin’s experience with getting butterflies while walking into a downtown restaurant and becoming both nervous and smitten with a young man serving gelato. He was so anxious that he didn’t know how to say hello. It wasn’t until after conferring with his friends, that he mustered up the courage to walk back to the gelato guy and ask him out on a date. The guy did not walk to the same beat, and disappointment fell over Justin, but at least he had those butterflies to remember him by.
Chaos is all about the rat race of life. Today, we live in a capitalist society which doesn’t allow for much respite or ease, but a “buy, buy, buy” and “hustle harder” mentality that keeps everyone on their feet, more literally than metaphorically, it seems. The hemiola in the bass, syncopated horn and percussion, and ever-changing time signature and key centers portray the ever-changing “algorithm” of our tech-centric world amidst a lonely soul (the flute) trying to make sense of how to fit into such a exponentially growing digital space amidst the analog world.
Next, Carpe Diem is literally about seizing the day. This movement portrays time specifically as a woman. We all want a piece of her, we all want more of her, and yet she’s always out of our reach: a seductress bending us to her will.
Nothing, but Time (Somewhere) is a movement dedicated to their friend Renee Macdonald. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she contacted Da’Kneisha and Justin about writing a piece for her to perform at her going-away recital in Wichita, Kansas. The piece illustrates the journey of cherishing your time spent with the friends you meet in life, but ultimately deciding to listen to your calling, which sometimes is geographically apart from where you may be now. Near the end, Da’Kneisha writes, “My time has come; I must move on; there’s so much more. Please know my love will linger on engraved in time.” This movement is a cyclical love letter, from Da’Kneisha and Justin to Renee, and vice versa.
There’s So Much In-Between is about not rushing through life. After we’ve found our calling, is there a reprogramming that needs to happen with the lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to, especially if the existence you’ve had prior to a life-altering experience has now become stagnant, regressive, and leading to a life unfulfilled? There’s so much in between, but we rarely take the time to see it.
Nearing the end, Time Is Ever-Fleeting is a movement that illustrates the life expectancy of the average American person. After 30,000 sunsets, how do we comprehend time ticking away our last moments? And when we’ve spent these seemingly countless revolutions around the sun living, what all was it for?
Lastly, Ascension is the homegoing. In Black churches, it’s customary to use the phrase “homegoing celebration” for a person’s funeral service because it refers to the deceased “going back home” and it’s also a celebration of the soul returning to eternal glory. Their hope for the final movement was to embody the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done!”  (program notes by the composers)


Donald Grantham (b. 9 November 1947 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American composer and educator.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Grantham went on to study at the American Conservatory in France with Nadia Boulanger.
Grantham is highly regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential composers for winds working today. Grantham is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in composition, including the Prix Lili Boulanger, the Nissim/ASCAP Orchestral Composition Prize, First Prize in the Concordia Chamber Symphony’s Awards to American Composers, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, three First Prizes in the NBA/William Revelli Competition, two First Prizes in the ABA/Ostwald Competition, and First Prize in the National Opera Association’s Biennial Composition Competition.
His music has been praised for its “elegance, sensitivity, lucidity of thought, clarity of expression and fine lyricism” in a citation awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In recent years his works have been performed by the orchestras of Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and the American Composers Orchestra among many others, and he has fulfilled commissions in media from solo instruments to opera. His music is published by Piquant Press, Peer-Southern, E. C. Schirmer and Mark Foster, and a number of his works have been commercially recorded. Along with Kent Kennan he is co-author of The Technique of Orchestration, published by Prentice-Hall.
Donald Grantham is the Frank C. Erwin Centennial Professor in Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where he teaches composition.  (biographical note from windrep.org)

J’ai été au bal is a celebration of some of the popular/folk music styles of Louisiana, in particular Cajun music and the brass band tradition of New Orleans. The dance flavor of much of the music is suggested by the title (“I went to the dance”), and two traditional Cajun dance tunes are employed. The first appears near the beginning and later at the end. “Allons danser, Colinda” (‘let’s go dancing, Colinda’) is a boy’s attempt to coax Colinda into going dancing, and part of his argument is “it’s not everyone who knows how to dance the two-beat waltzes.” The touching little tune does work better in a syncopated two, but is usually represented in the notation as 3+3+2. The second Cajun song is “Les flames d’enfer” (‘the flames of hell’), most often performed as a heavily-accented two-step. My version is much faster and lighter, and is introduced by a country-fiddle style tune. The brass band begins with solo tuba, followed by a duet with the euphonium, and culminating in a full brass presentation. (program notes by the composer)


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Brian Lamb has served as the Director of Bands at the University of Central Oklahoma since 2001.  He conducts the Wind Symphony and the Marching Band, and teaches conducting and instrumental courses; hecontinues to guide all aspects of the UCO band program.
Dr. Lamb made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2005, performing with UCO friend and colleague Tess Remy in the Weill Recital Hall. In 2006, Lamb and the UCO Wind Symphony performed for a full house in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The UCO Wind Symphony, with Lamb as conductor, has garnered international attention and acclaim from audiences, composers, and critics alike for outstanding and creative performances and for playing an active role in commissioning projects and consortiums, including work with Carter Pann, David Maslanka, Carolyn Bremer, Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, Michael Colgrass, Samuel Magrill, and others.
Lamb received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University, a master’s degree in trumpet performance and literature from the University of Notre Dame, and the doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of North Texas. He has been fortunate to study with many outstanding musical mentors, including Eugene Corporon, Michael Haithcock, Gary Sousa, Larry Rachleff, Alan McMurray, Jack Stamp, Dennis Fisher, John Haynie, Barry Hopper, and William Scarlett. Prior to his UCO appointment, Dr. Lamb served as Director of Instrumental Studies at Southwest Baptist University and as director of bands and chairman of the fine arts department at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas.
Still active as a trumpet performer, Dr. Lamb plays in the Redbud Brass Quintet, the UCO Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. Lamb is active as a clinician and guest conductor all over the world, and his groups have received acclaim for performances at regional, state and national conventions.  In his 22-year tenure at UCO, the Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at three College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Conventions, and they have been the collegiate honor band at six Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OkMEA) conventions. Under Lamb’s baton, the UCO Wind Symphony has released 5 CDs on the prestigious Equilibrium label, which are available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, CDBaby, and all other relevant streaming services. He has contributed several published works to various journals and textbooks, and he is the author of “Music is Magic,” a children’s radio program that aired on KUCO-90.1 FM. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, the College Band Directors National Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He was honored as a Friend of the Arts by Sigma Alpha Iota, he is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national band service fraternity, and he was recently inducted into the Oklahoma chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international band directors’ fraternity.


WIND SYMPHONY PERSONNEL

Flutes
Naomi Tomko – Del City, OK – Bachelor of Music
Bryanna Louch – Choctaw, OK – Bachelor of Music
Karissa Denham – Moore, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Abbie Childers – Tuttle, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Becca Boulden – Edmond, OK – Biology

Oboe
Braeden Jermain – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Gerald Warlick – Guest Artist

Bassoons
Abbie Claussen – Bartlesville, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Ryan Holcomb – Tulsa, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Micah Adkins (contrabassoon) – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Clarinets
Cristian Celis – Justin, TX – Bachelor of Music
Kyle Nolting – Mustang, OK – Mathematics
Mikayla Walker – McAlester, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Sara Roark – Tuttle, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Jasmine Wright – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Fernanda Ceron – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Roseanna Medina – Chickasha, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Bass and Contra Clarinets
Noah Billingsley – Bartlesville, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Eli Hellstern – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Anthony DeLozier – McKinney, TX – Bachelor of Music

Saxophones
Jeffrey Stevenson (Bari) – Madison Heights, VA – Master of Music in Jazz
Eric Neel (Alto/Soprano) – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Jalon Thomas (Alto) – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music
Nick Cockerill (Tenor) – Moore, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Trumpets
Caleb Rollins – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music
Miranda Highby – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music
Brock Lewis – Choctaw, OK – Bachelor of Arts in Music
Laila Martinez – Edmond, OK – Nursing
Cameron Hadley – Tulsa, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Horns
Blake Sullivan – Mustang, OK – Philosophy
Becca Geitzenauer – Enid, OK – Bachelor of Music
Alex Hamm – Checotah, OK – Bachelor of Music
Cristalynne Burns – Oklahoma City, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Isaac Rodriguez – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Trombones
Naomi Wharry – Idabel, OK – Bachelor of Music
Austin Oden – Tulsa, OK – Computer Science
Mateo Rivera (bass) – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Euphonium
Lucas Haught – Coweta, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Tuba
Matt Card  – Bachelor of Music Education
Riley Crow – Cushing, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

String Bass
Cullen Smith – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Percussion
Kyle Broadbooks – Verdigris, OK – Bachelor of Music
Mike Hill – Tulsa, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Zach Kimber – Piedmont, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Katelynn Moore – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Eric Sturgeon – Mounds, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Trey Brabham – Mustang, OK – Bachelor of Music Education
Treven Cowherd – Edmond, OK – Bachelor of Music Education

Piano
Huiru Hu – Fujian, China – Master of Music


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Baroque Flute and Bassoon Duo

7:30PM Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
Radke Fine Arts Theatre, Center for Transformative Learning


Baroque Flute and Bassoon Duo

Brisch Center for Historical Performance

Guest Artists
Dr. Dennette Derbiszova McDermott, Baroque Flute
Dr. Douglas Eduard Bakenhus, Baroque Bassoon


PROGRAM

Sonata in G Major JCZ, N. 15 for Flauto Traverso Solo and Basso
Jiri Czart (1708-1778)
Andante
Allegro
Vivace

Sonate de Camera in E Minor, N. 2 for Flauto Traverso Solo and Basso
Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht (1722-1794)
Largo e con affetto
Allegro non molto
Presto

Quatrième Suite in D Major, op. 35 for Solo Flute with Bass
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)
Prelude- Lentement
Air- Gaiment
Rondeau- Gaiment
Air- Doucement et Mesure
Musette

Short Intermission

Fantasia TWV 40:4, N. 3 in B Minor for Flute (adapted for Bassoon in B Minor)
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Largo
Vivace
Allegro

Fantasia, N. 12 in G Minor for Solo Flute
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Grave
Allegro
Grave
Allegro
Dole
Allegro
Presto

Duo for Flute and Bassoon
Joseph Fiala (1748-1816)
Allegro assai
Adagio
Allegro

The use of flash cameras during the performance is prohibited. Please turn cell phones off.


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Dennette Derby McDermott is retired Professor of Flute and Coordinator of Graduate Studies at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she has taught since 1990-2022. She made her European debut in 1992 in the Czech Republic with the Czech premiere of Jindrich Feld’s solo flute work, Introduzione, Toccato e Fuga. Dr. McDermott has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia ,England, Canada, Honduras, Russia, Spain and throughout the United States, including numerous performances at National Flute Association Conventions, and also featured as a winner of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition in 1994, 1996, and 1999. In 2008 she traveled to Moscow and recorded for www.classicalrecords.ru, a CD of “Trios for Flute, bassoon and piano,” with Katerina Zaitseva and Douglas Bakenhus.

In June, 2015 her interest in Baroque flute led to the opportunity to participate in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, (and again in 2017, 2018, and 2021), an intensive training program on historical instruments, where she studied flute with Claire Guimond and Jed Wentz. In addition, Dr. McDermott participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Music program (2016, 2017), where she studied with Wilbert Hazelzet. In 2019 she was selected by audition to participate with The American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco where she studied with Sandra Miller. She also participated in the Seattle Baroque Flute Course taught by Janet See and Kathy Stewart. Currently, Dr. McDermott plays Baroque flute with the Austin Baroque Orchestra, a period music ensemble that specializes in music of the renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods.

Dr. McDermott has been published by The Flutist Quarterlyand Flute Talk with articles on Czech music. As an active researcher, she has compiled and edited the only edition of the Czech flute sonatas of Jiri Czart published by Little Piper, Trio Sonatas and concerto published by Alliance Publications, Inc., 2011. She has also identified manuscripts of Jiri Czart in the Giedde Collection of Copengahen, including one of his flute concertos and sonatas. In 2016 after almost 17 years of researching, Dr. McDermott published the first Thematic Catalog for the Baroque Czech composer, Jiri Čart (Georg Czarth) A Thematic Catalog. Recently she has contributed to an update for the composer for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She has also recently recorded a CD of flute Sonatas of Čart on Baroque flute with Leighann, Daihl Ragusa Douglas Bakenhus on Baroque bassoon and David Schrader on pianoforte. Dr. McDermott’s flute studies have been with Ervin Monroe, Israel Borochoff, Clement Barone, Judith Bentley, Renée Siebert, Mary Karen Clardy and Arnošt Bourek. She holds degrees from Michigan State University (BM), The University of Michigan (MM), and The University of North Texas (DMA).

 

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is the music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he also teaches bassoon, aural skills, string methods, and conducting. His music degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University-Commerce, and he has completed additional graduate courses in conducting and bassoon performance at the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Bakenhus has been the music director of the Northeast Texas Symphony since 2002, and has held teachings positions at Texas Lutheran University and the University of Mississippi. He has taught public school orchestras in Austin ISD and Cy-Fair ISD and has made several recent guest conducting appearances throughout the region and abroad, including the Sinfonietta Bratislava in Slovakia, and the San Pedro Sula City Chamber Orchestra in Honduras.

Dr. Bakenhus has also performed abroad with the NSU Faculty Woodwind Trio in Canada, Slovakia, England, and the Czech Republic. He regularly performs in orchestras throughout the Ark-La-Tex region, including the Shreveport, Longview, South Arkansas, and Texarkana Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has participated in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute on Baroque bassoon, and has made recent appearances with the Baroque Artists of Shreveport, the Austin Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica of Houston, the Houston Bach Society, and the Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined (Houston). He participated in the Twin Cities Baroque Institute in Minneapolis, where he studied with Jaap Linden, Marc Destrube, and harpsichord builder Ton Amil.


BRISCH CENTER FACULTY

Dr. Danielle L. Herrington, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Michael Geib, General Coordinator
Mrs. Meryl Geib, Performance Coordinator

Performers:
Joseph Arndt, Harpsichord
Dr. Emily Butterfield, Baroque Flute
Dr. John Clinton, Conductor Emeritus
Meryl Geib, Baroque Cello, Performance Coordinator
Dr. Michael Geib, Baroque Bass/Violone, General Coordinator
Dr. Danielle L. Herrington, Musicology, Voice, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ted Honea, Musicology, Co-Founder of Brisch Center, Academic Coordinator Emeritus
Dr. Peggy Moran, Natural Horn
Dr. Ralph Morris, Baroque Violin, Viola
Theodora Morris, Recorder, Baroque Violin
Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher, Baroque Cello, Co-Founder Brisch Center, General Coordinator Emeritus
Thresa Swadley, Baroque Cello
Natalie Syring, Baroque Flute
Dr. Hong Zhu, Baroque Violin


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Mitchell Hall Theatre — 10% off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

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Fall 2022 Jazz Ensembles

UCO Jazz Ensembles

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

UCO Jazz Lab Special Guest:
Edmond Santa Fe High School Jazz Ensemble
Tony Romano, director

UCO Jazz Ensemble IV
Zac Lee, director

UCO Jazz Ensemble I
Brian Gorrell, director


7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

UCO Jazz Lab Special Guest:
Edmond Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble
Jeff Jahnke, director

UCO Jazz Ensemble III
Ryan Sharp, director

UCO Jazz Ensemble II
Jeff Kidwell, director


MONDAY PROGRAM

Special Guest: Edmond Santa Fe High School
Tony Romano, director

Jazz Ensemble IV
Zac Lee, director

April in Paris—Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg
arr. Wild Bill Davis

Stompin’ at the Savoy—Edgar Sampson
arr. Bill Holman

I Left My Heart in San Fransisco—George Cory, Douglass Cross
arr. Quincy Jones

Moanin’—Bobby Timmons
arr. Quincy Jones

Jazz Ensemble I
Brian Gorrell, director

All of Me—Seymour Simons, Gerald Marks
arr. Thad Jones

Waltz for Debby—Bill Evans
arr. Don Sebesky

‘Round Midnight—Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk
arr. Slide Hampton

Are You Going With Me?—Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
arr. Bob Curnow

After You’ve Gone—Creamer, Layton
arr. Bill Holman

The Jody Grind—Horace Silver
arr. John Clayton


TUESDAY PROGRAM

Special Guest: Edmond Memorial High School
Jeff Jahnke, director

Jazz Ensemble III
Ryan Sharp, director

On the Street Where You Live—Frederick Loewe
arr. Bob Eberhart

Over the Rainbow—Harold Arlen
arr. Vince Norman

Teddy the Toad—Neal Hefti

Machito Forever—Tito

Jazz Ensemble II
Jeff Kidwell, director

Hot House—Tadd Dameron
arr. Vince Norman

Hay Burner—Sammy Nestico

Latin Dance—Bob Mintzer

Love for Sale—Porter
arr. Pete Myers


ENSEMBLE MEMBERS

JAZZ ENSEMBLE I
Alto Saxophone 1 – Sam Vaughn
Alto Saxophone 2 – Eric Neel
Tenor Saxophone 1 – Nicholas Cockerill
Tenor Saxophone 2 – Jeffrey Stevenson
Bari Saxophone – Matthew Stevenson
Trombone 1 – Naomi Wharry
Trombone 2 – Tyler Gitthens
Trombone 3 – Austin Oden
Bass Trombone – Ben Curtis
Trumpet 1 – Jack Cheatham
Trumpet 2 – Cameron Hadley
Trumpet 3 – Caleb Rollins
Trumpet 4 – Brock Lewis
Trumpet 5 – Cameron Cox
Piano – Tahlon Brahic
Guitar – Eric Wall
Bass – Nelson Gonzalez
Drums – Kyle Broadbooks

JAZZ ENSEMBLE II
Alto Saxophone 1 – Micah Adkins
Alto saxophone 2 – Jon Torres
Tenor Saxophone 1 – Jacob Marrow
Tenor Saxophone 2 – Ryan Holcomb
Bari Saxophone – Jacob VanMieghem
Trombone 1 – Collin Garrett
Trombone 2 – Daniel Howard
Trombone 3 – Hongyi Zhu
Bass Trombone – Mateo Rivera
Trumpet 1 – Ty Clifton
Trumpet 2 – Miranda Highby
Trumpet 3 – Kelton Lott
Trumpet 4 – Ryan Baber
Piano – 1 Matt Cheney
Piano 2 – Junrong Jiang
Guitar 1 – Braeden Jermain
Guitar 2 – Titus Ott
Bass – Aimee McRorie
Drums – Jonathan Haywood

JAZZ ENSEMBLE III
Alto Saxophone 1 – Haotian Sun
Alto Saxophone 2 – Richelle Zampella
Tenor Saxophone 1 – Brandon Stewart
Tenor Saxophone 2 – Bryanna Louch
Bari Saxophone – Kyle DeLozier
Trombone 1- Taelor Martin
Trombone 2 – Kayla Risner
Trombone 3 – Jessica Blomgren
Bass Trombone – Matt Card
Drums/Perc 1 – Cole Holleyman
Drums/Perc 2 – Cole Woodard
Trumpet 1 – Garrett Cox (Split Lead)
Trumpet 1 – Trevor Chandler (Split Lead)
Trumpet 3 – Nathan Bowen
Trumpet 4 – Clint Carr
Trumpet 5 – Tyson Lords
Piano 1 – Marcus Upshaw
Piano 2 – Yingshi Bu
Guitar 1 – Bishop Ward
Guitar 2 – Noble Harrison
Bass – Alex Chapman
Bass Observer – Jayce Christenson

JAZZ ENSEMBLE IV
Alto Saxophone 1 – Trey Pomeroy
Alto Saxophone 2 – Teddy Eastman
Alto Saxophone 3 – Ellie Lantange
Tenor Saxophone 1 – Jeron Fishburn
Tenor Saxophone 2 – Will McGinn
Bari Saxophone – Eli Hellstern
Trumpet 1 – Brett Lafal
Trumpet 2 – Kirk Guillory
Trumpet 3 – Edgar Jimenez
Trumpet 4 – Derreck Franklin
Trombone 1 – David Ballard
Trombone 2 – Garrett Carter
Piano 1 – Carlos Labrador
Piano 2 – Caden Lovelace
Guitar – Wyatt Manley
Guitar Observer – Perry Patterson
Bass – Cullen Smith
Bass Observer – Lance Hamm
Drums – Carl Corbitt
Vibes – Treven Cowherd
Student Teaching Assistant – Mason Longey


UCO Edmond Jazz Fest

UCO Jazz Fest Performance Schedule

7PM Wednesday, Sept. 28—Adam Larsen Quartet$15 Tickets Online

7PM Thursday, Sept. 29—Brian Gorrell and Jazz Company Jam Session—FREE Admission

7:30PM Friday, Sept. 30—Evening with Jazz Ensemble I: Celebrating 20 years at the UCO Jazz Lab—$40 Tickets Online

8:30PM Saturday, Oct. 1—Headliner: Jeffery Smith$45 VIP – $35 General Admission Available Online


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Learn more about UCO Jazz Studies



Get discounts on the things you love while supporting the next generation of artists, designers & performers at UCO.

The Central Arts Card is a fundraising effort benefiting UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design and a community outreach effort. As a cardholder, your donation supports the arts and grants you discounts at our partner organizations. Visit go.uco.edu/cac to learn more!

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Edmond Historical Society & Museum — 10% off gift shop purchases / 1 free admission to “1940s RadioTheatre” show*

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UCO Jazz Lab — $5 off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

Mitchell Hall Theatre — 10% off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

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The Wedding Singer

College of Fine Arts and Design
UCO School of Music
UCO Musical Theatre
Present

The Wedding Singer
The Musical Comedy

Lyrics by
Chad Beguelin

Book by
Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy

Music by
Matthew Sklar

Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy
THE WEDDING SINGER is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Director
Steven Smeltzer

Music Director
Joe Fitzgerald

Choreographer
Steven Smeltzer

Scenic Designer
Kristy Benson

Costume Designer
Megan Ann Richardson

Lighting Designer
Jamison Rhoads

Sound Designer
Samantha Aldridge

Stage Manager
Alyssa Cargill


CAST

Robbie Hart
Lamar Burns / Zachary Wright

Julia Sulivan
Kendall McCollum / Maddie Walkley

Holly
Saoirse Ryhn / Baylee Fitzgerald

Linda
Sarah Zorn / Sophia Mullican

Sammy
Logan Vohs / Robert Valderas

Glen Guglia
Joel Stephens

George
Trey Bumpass / Ian Nance

Rosie
Hailey Hat / Emma Livingston

Angie
Ashlea Stewart

ENSEMBLE
Jesse Battice, Sia Baxter, Sara Draper, Emily Fabrega, Jenna Gaston, Teagan Jellison, Roberto Lopez Jr., Brenden McCarthy, Alex B. Mullings, Sarah Munsell, Heath Rawls, Colin Rizzo, Ashlea Stewart, Jules Straughn, Logan Wright

UNDERSTUDIES & SWINGS
(Understudies and swings never appear unless an announcement is made.)
Linda: Sia Baxter, Sammy: Roberto Lopez Jr., Angie: Alex Mullings, Rosie: Sarah Munsell, Holly: Morgan Paulson, Robbie: Heath Rawls, George: Colin Rizzo, Julia: Ashlea Stewart, Glen: Logan Wright
Swings: Morgan Paulson & Nolia Sweatt 


 Time: 1985
Place: Ridgefield, New Jersey

ACT I:
It’s Your Wedding Day
—Robbie and Company
Reception Hall

Someday—Julia and Company
Reception Hall

Awesome—Robbie, Julia
The Loading Dock

Someday (Robbie’s Reprise)—Robbie
Robbie’s Bedroom

A Note From Linda—Linda
Reception Hall

It’s Your Wedding Day (Reprise)—Robbie
Robbie’s Bedroom

Pop!—Julia, Holly, Angie, Glen and Company
Reception Hall/Restaurant

Somebody Kill Me—Robbie
Robbie’s Bedroom

A Note From Grandma—Rosie
Robbie’s Bedroom

Casualty of Love—Robbie, Losers and Company
Reception Hall

Come out of the Dumpster—Julia and Robbie
Loading Dock

Today You are a Man—Robbie, Sammy, George
Reception Hall

George’s Prayer—George
Reception Hall

Not That Kind of Thing—Robbie, Julia, Clerk, Mookie and Company
Galleria Mall

Saturday Night in the City—Holly, Robbie, Julia, Glen, Sammy, George and Company
The Club

THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION

ACT II:
Entr’acte—Orchestra

All About the Green—Glen, Robbie, and Company
Glen’s Office 

Someday (Julia’s Reprise)—Julia
Reception Hall

Right in Front of Your Eyes—Holly, Sammy and Men
Reception Hall

Single—Sammy, Robbie, George, Ricky, Bum and Men
The Bar

If I Told You—Robbie, Julia
Street/Julia’s Bedroom

Let Me Come Home—Linda
Robbie’s Room

If I Told You (Reprise)—Robbie, Julia
Reception Hall/Airport

Move That Thang—Rosie, George
Reception Hall

Grow Old With You—Robbie, Julia
The Little White House Wedding Chapel

It’s Your Wedding Day (Finale)—Company
Reception Hall


DIRECTOR’S NOTE

I am so pleased and thankful to be back in Oklahoma and at UCO once again. This time as guest director and choreographer of “The Wedding Singer” musical. “The Wedding Singer” takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit film with Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler, “The Wedding Singer” is a musical ROM-COM love letter to the 1980s.

Robbie Hart, a wedding singer, and Julia Sullivan, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover their true destiny. The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the 80s what Hairspray did for the 60s and Grease did for the 50s!

Yes, there are adult themes and mild language, but nothing you haven’t seen on cable TV! The joy of the 1980s kitsch has a universal appeal for those who were there and for those who wish they had been. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years. It’s totally tubular.
Steven Smeltzer


ORCHESTRA

Conductor
Joe Fitzgerald

Keys 1
Joe Fitzgerald

Keys 2
Garett Christensen

Trumpet
Evelyn Talbot

Guitar
Than Medlam

Bass
Nelson Gonzalez

Drums
Peter Pollack

Percussion
Kevin Newsome


CAST BIOS

Jesse Battice (Ensemble) is a sophomore musical theatre major! “The Wedding Singer” is his third show at UCO and his main stage debut. His proudest theatre moment is having worked as a Production Assistant for Lyric Theatre’s World Premier Native American Musical “Distant Thunder.” Jess gives love to the entire cast, creative team and crew for this beautiful show! He would like to thank his friends, the entire UCO Faculty/Staff, Vocal Professor Dr. Kevin Eckard, The Rodriguez Family, The Gelona Family, The Hammett Family and most importantly his beautiful mother and two sisters. All glory to God.

Sia Storm Villalobos Baxter (Ensemble) is a sophomore musical theater major. She is so excited to perform in her first main stage UCO production, “The Wedding Singer”! Previous shows include the “New Bronco Showcase” And “Sister Act.” Sia wants to thank her family, friends and professors for all the love and support she has received while at UCO! She hopes you enjoy the show!
Sara Draper (Ensemble) is a transfer Musical Theatre major from Grove, Oklahoma. She made her UCO debut last spring, playing Yvette in the mainstage production of “Clue.” Sara is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She would like to thank her parents for their continuous love and support and the UCO Musical Theatre Faculty for having confidence in her as an artist. Sara hopes you enjoy the show!

Emily Fabrega (Ensemble) is a junior musical theatre major at UCO. Some of her favorite past roles have included Bea in “Something Rotten,” Viola in “Twelfth Night” and Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins.” Emily is so excited to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast and crew. She would like to thank Steven Smeltzer and Joe Fitzgerald for this incredible experience. She would also like to thank her parents and friends for continuing to support her.

Baylee Fitzgerald (Holly) is so excited to be starting her senior year back on the Mitchell Hall stage, especially with a banger like “The Wedding Singer.” Baylee is a senior musical theatre major and currently studies voice under Dr. Marilyn Govich. Her favorite credits include Heather McNamara in “Heathers,” Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Julie in “Theory of Relativity” and Heather in “American Idiot.” Baylee would like to thank her parents and boyfriend, Morgan for all their love and support. And as always, a special shoutout to her puppies, Beau and Hosnar!

Hailey Hatfield (Rosie) is a super senior UCO music theatre student and is so excited to finish up her time here with this incredible production! Her recent credits include Adelaide in MCT’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” as well as several UCO musicals and shows, such as Ensemble in “Nine,” Jan in “Grease!,” La Fee in “Cendrillon” and of course, Rambi in “Six Women with Brain Death.” She would love to thank Steven Smeltzer for always encouraging her to be her best, Dr. Eckard and Eric Grigg, for helping her voice grow, Logan Vohs for helping her keep a positive mindset, and, finally, her friends and family for their constant support!

Teagan Jellison (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in “The Wedding Singer”! This is her first mainstage show and she is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful cast of artists. Previously Teagan has been in a UCO production of “Sister Act” in the ensemble and as a cast member in the “New Broncho Showcase,” both directed by Kassie Carroll-Downey. She would like to thank Steven Smeltzer, Greg White and Dr. Herrington for believing in her talent and pushing her to grow as an artist. Finally, Teagan would like to thank her family for being so wonderful and supportive throughout her college career.

Emma Livingston (Rosie) is a senior musical theatre major and is so excited to be making her Mitchell Hall debut. You might have seen her recently as Sister Mary Patrick in “Sister Act” at the UCO Jazz Lab. She is forever grateful for her mom, Bennie, Gram and Landon. And of course, always grateful for her voice teacher, Tish Willis. @emmalivingston_

Roberto Lopez Jr. (Ensemble/ Sammy u/s) 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 Exonerated” (Doyle/ Male Ensemble #2) The Vanguart, “Sister Act” (Pablo), “RENT” (Paul/ Others), “Grease” (Swing) University of Central Oklahoma. He was also a member of the KD2 Dance company here at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Kendall McCollum (Julia) is a senior musical theatre major. She is so excited to perform on the Mitchell Hall stage again. You may have seen her as a swing in UCO’s “Grease”, in the ensemble of “Nine”, as Joanna in “The Theory of Relativity” and Sister Mary Lazarus in “Sister Act”. She studies voice under the wonderful Dr. Marilyn Govich. She thanks her parents, friends and dog Kaia for their love and support. She is so grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing cast and show. She would like to thank everyone involved in this production!

Sophia Mullican (Linda) a senior musical theatre major, is so grateful to be performing on the Mitchell Hall stage again! Other UCO credits include “RENT” as Mimi Marquez and most recently “Sister Act” as Mother Superior. She would like to thank her director, friends and castmates for their hard work and for making this such a fun experience! Sophia loves her mom, girlfriend and cat. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Alex B. Mullings (Ensemble) is so excited to be returning to the historic Mitchell Hall! They are a recent Musical Theatre transfer, but this will be her third show with UCO MT. Some of her favorite past performances include “Peter Pan” (Peter Pan), “Sister Act” (Mother Superior), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (The Chaperone), “Mary Poppins” (Miss Andrew), “Chicago” (Matron “Mama” Morton), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” (Woman 2), “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Marcy Park) and “Heathers” (New Wave Girl). They would like to thank Steven and the cast of “The Wedding Singer” for creating such an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Ian Nance (George) is a current junior here at UCO, majoring in musical theatre performance. His goal with his degree is to go into film and perform at community theaters once he completes his degree. Ian has been in love with theater and his debut show as the Emperor in “Mulan Junior” at nine years old. One of his favorite shows he has been in was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS,” where he played sneaky Mungojerrie. He would like to thank his parents, Marquetta and Allen Vyce for supporting him and hopes to make them proud. He also wants to thank all his peers and staff for helping and encouraging him to become the man he is today.

Morgan Paulson (Swing) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Austin, Texas. She is studying voice with Dr. Molly Johnson and is beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to swing for “The Wedding Singer.” She debuted in the Jazz Lab show “Sister Act” last spring and you can see her there again in the upcoming Holiday show. She’s so thankful to her friends and family for their love and support as well as the staff at UCO because… love is what they do! She hopes you love “The Wedding Singer!”

Heath Rawls (Ensemble/Robbie Understudy) is a sophomore musical theatre major and a member of the DeMaio studio and is so excited to make his Mitchell Hall debut! Some favorite past roles include Bobby Strong “Urinetown,” Monty Navarro “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and John Hinckley “Assassins.” He would like to thank his friends, his family and everybody involved with this show for all their support.

Saoirse Ryhn (Holly) is a junior musical theatre major at UCO and is ecstatic to be back at Mitchell Hall performing in “The Wedding Singer!” Her favorite credits include Charity in “Sweet Charity,” Margot in “Legally Blonde” and Cosette in “Les Miserable.” She’d like to thank her family and friends for being her biggest support system and the whole creative team for putting together such an amazing show!

Ashlea Stewart (Angie/Ensemble) is a senior musical theatre major from Norman, Oklahoma who studies voice with Dr. Marylin Govich. Her credits include Reno Sweeney “Anything Goes,” Ado Annie “Oklahoma!” and ensemble “Nine”. She would like to thank her family, friends and the amazing UCO faculty!

Jules Straughn (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is thrilled to bring this tubular musical to Mitchell Hall! She is a senior dance performance major at UCO, with an associate degree in musical theatre from Rose State College. Her favorite roles have been Olive Ostrovsky “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Anne Shirley “Anne of Green Gables” and Pippi Longstocking “Pippi Longstocking.” She would like to thank Steven Smeltzer, the cast and crew, Dr. Molly Johnson and her family.

Nolia Sweatt (swing) is from Bethany Oklahoma. Nolia is a sophomore at the University of Central Oklahoma studying musical theatre. She is currently studying voice with Dr. Herrington. Nolia is very excited to be a swing in “The Wedding Singer.” Last spring, she was ensemble in UCO’s production “Sister Act.” You can see Nolia this fall performing in UCO’s production of “The Coven.” Nolia would like to thank her loving friends and family for their support!

Robert Valderas (Sammy) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He would like to thank God and his family for this awesome opportunity. He would also like to thank his fantastic voice professor Dr. Eckard for teaching him his technique. “The Wedding Singer” is his second role in a musical, as well as his UCO main stage debut.

Logan Vohs (Sammy) thanks his parents for always letting him pursue his dreams. He is also grateful for director Steven Smeltzer and his amazing work. Logan feels very blessed to be performing alongside such talented actors. Logan would also like to thank Hailey Hatfield for her constant support. Logan is excited to portray the character of Sammy and hopes you enjoy him as much as Logan has.

Logan Wright (Ensemble) is a senior musical theatre major and is currently studying voice with Dr. Rob Glaubitz. Since he’s been at UCO, he has played Mark in “RENT,” Lonny in “Rock of Ages,” Oscar in “Sweet Charity,” Curtis in “Theory of Relativity” and the ensemble of “Big Fish” and “Sweeney Todd.” He has also performed in the 2021 OKC Polar Express Train Ride. Logan would like to thank his friends and family for all of their love and support!

Sarah Zorn (Linda) is a senior musical theatre major studying voice with Dr. Marilyn Govich. She is thrilled to be a part of this incredible cast and crew. Her favorite credits are Constance in “Rock of Ages,” Nadjira in “The Apple Tree” and Ensemble in “Nine.” She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, twin brother and all of her wonderful friends for being her biggest supporters. She is ready to ROCK the Mitchell Hall stage in this crazy show! Signed, your pal, Linda.

Zachary Wright (Robbie Hart) is a transfer student in the Musical Theatre program here at UCO. Some of his past roles include Pharaoh in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Thomas Andrews in “Titanic: The Musical,” Barfee in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” He was last seen on the Mitchell Hall stage in the ensemble of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him in furthering his education and pursuing his dreams.

ARTISTIC STAFF BIOS

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 and is excited to be working with Steven Smeltzer again! 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.

Garett Christensen (Assistant Music Director) is a senior musical theatre major from Spiro, OK. He is making his debut as a pit musician playing keyboard. He began playing piano at the age of five when his grandmother put him into piano lessons. He began leading church worship and accompanying singers at the age of twelve and found a passion for collaborative piano. He currently studies collaborative piano with Dr. Sallie Pollack. He would like to thank Steven Smeltzer, Joe Fitzgerald, Alyssa Cargill, Mary Wierick, Eric Grigg, Dr. Pollack and Greg White for their hard work and collaboration on this project. Thank you to Mom and Dad for always loving and supporting me. He dedicates this show to his grandma who would be so proud of his musical journey. Past UCO credits include Steve in “Rent,” Ensemble in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and soloist in “Broncho MT Showcase.”

Anne Rhyne (Assistant Stage Manager) is so excited to have the opportunity to explore stage management for the first time alongside the UCO Musical Theatre department.  This is her third year at UCO, and she is a performance theatre major. She was most recently seen in APO’s musical production of “The Mad Ones” in March of 2021. She’d like to thank her family for their endless support, the cast for their dedication, and the crew for all their hard work.

Megan Ann Richardson (Costume Designer) is so excited to be designing the costumes for “The Wedding Singer.” This is her first musical at UCO. She also designed the costumes for the Kaleidoscope Dance concert last spring.  Megan is originally from upstate New York but her career in theatre has taken her all over the US.  Now she is thrilled to be working in the very vibrant theatre community here in Oklahoma!

Kristy Benson (Scenic Design) holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Illinois State University. In January 2015, she received the KCACTF Region III Theatrical Design Excellence Award for Scenic Design for my design of Water by the Spoonful. She then competed in the KCACTF national convention in Washington D.C. Kristy has previously been employed as an Assistant Scenic Designer for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre, the Scenic Designer and Paint Charge for Crossroads Summer Repertory, Stage Crew Apprentice for the Santa Fe Opera, and scene shop staff for Illinois State University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Her passion runs deep for the arts. Whether I work with theatre, studio art, or dance, I am always on the prowl for innovative inspiration and ideas. kristybensondesigns.com

Steven Smeltzer (Emeritus Instructor/Director/Choreographer) is very happy to be returning for a couple of months as part of the Central Musical Theatre faculty at UCO. Steven has spent much of the past 30 years as a professional performer, director, and choreographer in New York City as well as Nationally and Internationally. Since Steven came to UCO 12 years ago he has directed and choreographed “Grease,” “Hair,” “Whirling Winter Wonderlands,” “Chicago,” “6 Women with Brain Death,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Heavenly Holidays,” “Cabaret,” “Naughty & Nice & A Little Bit Nuts,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Full Monty,” “Working,” “Dido And Aeneas,” “Pippin,” “Christmas In The City,” “Once On This Island,” “Sing For Your Supper,” “Jerry’s Girls” and the Oklahoma premiere of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” with Broadway Tonight and City Rep. Steven had the privilege to direct and choreograph the 1st National Tour of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” which was also featured at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland. Other credits include directing and choreographing “Into The Woods,” “Peter Pan,” “Seussical” (Summerstock Productions OK), “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (NYC), “Pirates of Penzance” (IA), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (NYC), “Forever Plaid” (FL), “The Rocky Horror Show” (CT), the world premieres of “Over The Rainbow-The OZ Project” and “Finding Disneyland” (Sweden). In Europe, he directed and choreographed long-running productions of “Hair,” “The Golden Musicals of Broadway” (Jennifer Lopez’ first professional gig), and “The Best of Broadway.” Regionally he has directed and choreographed numerous productions of “Nunsense,” “A Chorus Line” and “West Side Story” among others.


PRODUCTION CREW

Director: Steven Smeltzer
Choreographer: Steven Smeltzer
Music Director: Joseph Fitzgerald
Assistant Music Director: Garett Christensen
Casting: Greg White, Eric Grigg, Mariann Searle
Dance Captain: Jules Straughn
Stage Manager: Alyssa Cargill
Assistant Stage Manager: Annie Rhyne
Faculty Stage Management Advisor: Jamison Rhoads
Scenic Designer: Kristy Benson
Technical Director: Patterson Allen
Assistant Technical Director: Christian Heffron
Scenic Paint Charge: Scott Roberts
Master Carpenter: Alyssa Cargill
Scene Shop Crew:  Lorenzo Butler, Gillian Andersen, Alyssa Cargill
Stage Crew: Tabbie Maben, Laila Farmer, Mariah Deere, Audree Nicholson
Properties Master: Gillian Andersen
Costume Designer: Megan Ann Richardson
Costume Shop Manager: Brian Butler
Costume Shop Employees: Alexis Gass, Kylee Vera, Riley Hall, Alejandra Carnero, Kennedy Hurst, Bonnye Payne, Lillie Taylor
Wardrobe Supervisor: Alexis Gass
Wardrobe Crew: Bailey Carpenter, Bonnye Payne
Lighting Designer: Jamison Rhoads
Master Electrician: Ellen Schmidt
Lighting Shop Employee: Samantha Cox
Light Board Operator: Samantha Cox
Follow Spot Operators: Madison Kelly, Roen Winters
Sound Designer/Sound Board Operator: Samantha Aldridge
Sound A2: Elyse Schmidt
Sound Shop Employees: Elyse Schmidt, Brayden Pogson
Production Manager: Latricia Taylor
Assistant Production Manager: Rox Allen Kerby
Front of House Manager: Matthew Fowler
Box Office Staff: Lamar Burns, Jenna Gaston, Leah Maier, Roberto Lopez Jr., Emma Livingston, Kody Clark, Jacey Nichole, Madeline Young


SPECIAL THANKS

Kassie Carroll Downey
Megan Clewell
Kelli Cormack
Eric Grigg
Michael Lomeka
Mariann Searle
Ryan Steer
Greg White


College of Fine Arts and Design
Charleen Weidell, Dean
Jill Priest, Associate Dean
Dr. Sandra Thompson, Interim Assistant Dean
Dr. Kato Buss, Interim Assistant Dean

School of Music
Dr. Robert Glaubitz, Director
Dr. Peggy Moran, Assistant Director

UCO Applied Voice Faculty
Dr. Kevin Eckard, Head of Vocal Arts Division
Megan Clewell, Adjunct Instructor of Vocal Coaching
Dr. Barbara Fox DeMaio, Associate Professor of Voice
Dr. Lani Garner, Vocal Music Education Coordinator
Dr. Rob Glaubitz, Director of UCO Opera
Dr. Marilyn Govich, Professor of Voice
Dr. Danielle L. Herrington, Assistant Professor of Voice
Dr. Mark Johnson, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Dr. Molly Cason Johnson, Assistant Professor of Voice
Stephanie Keegan-Moring, University Choir Director
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director of Choral Studies
Mary Wierick, Adjunct Instructor of Voice
Tisha Willis, Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Music Theatre Division
Dr. Greg White, Musical Theatre Division Head
Kassie Carroll-Downey, Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre
Kelli Cormack, Musical Theatre Project/Production Coordinator
Elizabeth Dragoo, Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre
Sheri Hayden, Adjunct Instructor of Dance
Michael Lomeka, Instructor of Musical Theatre
Ryan Steer, Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre
Dr. Sandra Thompson, Professor of Musical Theatre
Billie Thrash, Instructor of Musical Theatre

Mitchell Hall Theatre
Latricia Taylor, Director of University Productions
Samantha Aldridge, Sound Engineer
Patterson Allen, Technical Director
Brian Butler, Costume Shop Manager
Matthew Fowler, Front of House Manager
Christian Heffron, Assistant Technical Director
Rox Allen Kerby, Manager of University Productions
Megan Richardson, Resident Costume Designer
Scott Roberts, Resident Scenic Designer
Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician


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Piano Potpourri: La Belle Époque

Faculty Artist Concert Series
Piano Potpourri: La Belle Époque
7:30PM Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
UCO Jazz Lab


PROGRAM

Carmen Overture
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
arr. by Arnoldo Sartorio (1853-1936)

Linda Owen, Natalie Syring, Carrie Edwards

Mini lecture on La Belle Époque, part 1  — Danielle Herrington

Deux Morceaux pour Violin et Piano
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Nocturne

Theodora Morris, violin
Carrie Edwards, piano

Introduction et rondo, Op. 72
Charles-Marie Widor (1844 -1937)

Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, Clarinet
Sallie Pollack, piano

Elegie
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello
David Forbat, piano

Sonata for Flute and Piano No. 1
Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
    I.  Modéré – Allegretto vivo

Natalie Syring, flute
Chindarat Charoenwongse, piano

Intermission

Mini lecture on La Belle Époque, part 2  — Danielle Herrington

Sonata for Flute and Piano No. 3
Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
    II.   Intermède pastoral

Emily Butterfield, flute
Chindarat Charoenwongse, piano

Gentilles hirondelles
Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)

Soir d’hiver
Augusta Holmès (1847-1903)

Danielle Herrington, voice
Hwaju Lee, piano

Préludes, Book I
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin
    IX. La sérénade interrompue
    XI. La danse de Puck
    XII. Minstrels

Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Opera “Carmen”
Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989)

Valery Kuleshov


FACS piano recital – French translation


Tonight’s FACS performance is sponsored by Margaret Brisch.

The UCO School of Music’s Faculty Artist Concert Series (FACS) showcases faculty musicians while also raising scholarship funds for UCO students. Proceeds from every performance generate scholarship funds to support UCO School of Music students in financial need.

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Partner Organizations

Blue J’s Rockin’ Grill — 10% off purchases*

Commonplace Books — 10% off purchases*

Edmond Historical Society & Museum — 10% off gift shop purchases / 1 free admission to “1940s RadioTheatre” show*

Edmond Fine Arts Institute — 10% off classes*

UCO Jazz Lab — $5 off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

Mitchell Hall Theatre — 10% off select productions (see a list of qualifying UCO events below)*

Mt Everest Cuisines — 10% off purchases over $20 / Free drinks on purchases over $30*

School of Rock — $50 off first-month private lessons enrollment. $75 off first-month group or lesson+group enrollment*

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