Category: Musical Theatre

UCO Musical Theatre Announces Outdoor Concert Series

Courtyard of the CFAD House

The UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series takes place in the Courtyard of the CFAD House at 320 E Hurd St in Edmond.

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music’s Musical Theatre Division announces a series of concerts for its Fall 2020 semester. The UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series are socially distanced performances taking place at the College of Fine Arts and Design House’s Courtyard, located at 320 East Hurd Street in Edmond.
“The UCOMT Concert Series came about due to the challenges of COVID,” said Greg White, Ph. D., director of the UCOMT division. “We decided our students would be safer performing outdoors, and we hope our audiences will feel safer watching the performances outdoors.”

The season kicks off with “Big Fish” running 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 23-26.
Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the Tim Burton film of the same name, “Big Fish” tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son, Will. The senior Bloom has lived a full life and loves to share larger-than-life tales. When Will becomes a father-to-be, he sets out to learn the truth of his father’s stories.

“’Big Fish’ is a beautiful show brimming with heart and humor,” said White. “It’s about families, fathers, sons, wives, and knowing when the pavement ends we find our lives.”

Here is a list of all the events in the UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series:

 

“The Apple Tree” in Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 21-24, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

New Musical Theatre Bronchos Showcase

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

“The Theory of Relativity” in Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 18-21, 8 p.m. at the CFAD House Courtyard, 320 E Hurd St

 

White acknowledged the challenges of producing shows during a global pandemic, but also shares the optimism of the musical theatre students.

“It’s a historic time in the world, but our UCOMT students have been saying COVID can’t kill creativity,” said White. “I couldn’t agree more.”

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Audiences must wear masks to their socially distanced seats, but can take masks off after being seated.

For tickets or more information about the UCO Musical Theatre Concert Series, visit www.mitchellhalltheatre.com.

UCO Musical Theatre Receives National Recognition

“Those of us who have witnessed the polished professionalism of our productions will not be surprised by this recognition.”

– Steve Hansen, Dean

College of Fine Arts and Design

The University of Central Oklahoma has again been recognized on the national stage for the outstanding quality of the Musical Theatre Program. The online theatre community “Performer Stuff” recently featured UCO in their article series “The Top College Theatre Programs You Might Not Know, but Should.” UCO Musical Theatre has previously been recognized as one of the top 10 programs in the nation by “OnStage Blog” in both 2017 and again in 2018.

“Those of us who have witnessed the polished professionalism of our productions will not be surprised by this recognition,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. “As accolades continue to pour in, we will soon lose our moniker as a “hidden” gem, and take our place in the forefront of nationally recognized Musical Theatre programs.”

“Performer Stuff” is a national online community created as a resource for performers, educators and industry professionals. Their feature article lists several reasons for awarding UCO Musical Theatre a top nod this year. Among them are specialized and rigorous training by leading arts professionals; regular collaborations with local professional companies that offer students professional credits with the Actor’s Equity Association Union as well as successful alumni who can be found throughout the professional performing arts world.

“We live in an area where Musical Theatre is prevalent,” said Greg White, Ph.D., head of the UCO Musical Theatre Division. “There are three competitive programs in the metro area alone while Texas only has three in the entire state.

“One thing that sets us apart from other programs is the incredible collaboration between different departments within the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. Our students have the opportunity to work with our Dance Department to refine dance techniques or they can take advanced acting courses in the Theatre Arts Department while also working directly with our talented voice faculty in the School of Music.”

Faculty within the College of Fine Arts and Design also stay at the top of their craft as professionals working within their collective industries.

“I want to congratulate our amazing students, staff and faculty mentors across schools, divisions and departments who’s collaborative efforts alchemically combine to create gold,” Hansen added.

#CFADWorks: Erin Clemons

Backstage at “Hamilton: An American Musical,” UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alumna Erin Clemons finds a moment amid the whirlwind of rehearsals to share her journey since gradation.

After receiving her Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2011, Clemons moved to New York City to begin her career on Broadway. In “Les Misérables,” Clemons touched the hearts of thousands in the tragic role of lovelorn martyr, Éponine. Clemons also performed for audiences across America in the “Les Misérables 25th Anniversary U.S. National Tour” and as Janelle Woods in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical First National Tour.”

Returning to the Broadway stage, Clemons is currently starring in “Hamilton: An American Musical.” This critically-acclaimed musical boasts hundreds of accolades, including 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Clemons is a member of the ensemble, and she has also portrayed Angelica Schuyler, Eliza Hamilton, Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.

Clemons remembers UCO as an environment where she was able to hone her craft under the guidance of professionals that have evolved into lifelong friends and mentors. For tickets to see her performance in “Hamilton,” visit hamiltonmusical.com.