The Norman Transcript

July 18, 2013

University Theatre releases 2013-14 season lineup

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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s University Theatre on Wednesday announced its 2013-2014 season.

This year’s productions include Oklahoma Festival Ballet, “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Carousel,” Young Choreogeraphers’ Showcase, “Clybourne Park,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Così fan tutte,” “Coram Boy,” “The Cherry Orchard” and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma.

“OU University Theatre performances are the laboratories where students put into practice what they learn in the classroom.” said Rich Taylor, University Theatre producer.

The Oklahoma Festival Ballet, presented by the School of Dance, is a mixed-repertoire production featuring an exotic suite of dances from “Lakmé,” an abstract ballet by new faculty member Ilya Kozadayev, exciting classical choreography by Clara Cravey from the ballet “Sylvia,” and Mary Margaret Holt’s sweeping ballets “La Chanteuse de Paris” and “Le Mistral.” Rated G, performances are Oct. 17 to 20 at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.

The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” a touching story of hope and redemption. Rated PG, performances are Nov. 1 to 10 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre.

“Coram Boy” is an epic adventure of two orphans. Toby is saved from an African slave ship and Aaron is the abandoned son and heir to an English estate. Set against the backdrop of the industrial revolution, this uplifting tale of compassion and conviction is filled with danger, excitement, music and murder. Rated PG, performances are Nov. 22 to Dec. 7 at the Rupel J. Jones Theatre.

The Young Choreographers’ Showcase always surprises and delights audiences as School of Dance student choreographers explore and meet the challenges of creating a production of imaginative and unique dance works. Rated G, performances are Jan. 23 to 26 at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.

“Clybourne Park,” a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate and the volatile values of each, won nearly every honor the theater has to give, including the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, 2011 Olivier Award and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Rated PG, performances are Feb. 5 to 9 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre.

The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre presents the musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a show-within-a-show full of every cliché, gag and gimmick from musicals of the 1920s jazz age. Rated G, performances are Feb. 14 to 23 at the Rupel J. Jones Theatre.

Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” is the wry tale of two young men who place a bet on fidelity, putting the women they love to the test through deception and seduction. Rated PG, performances are March 6 to 9 at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.

In Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece, “The Cherry Orchard,” Madame Ranevskaya and her land-owning Russian family stand on the cusp of sweeping change, preferring fantasies and frivolity to hard choices and actions. Rated G, performances are April 4 to13 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre.

The School of Dance presents an exciting mix of new choreography and works with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. Highlights include Austin Hartel’s passionate and physical dance “Tears for Maria,” and his new work with design elements driving the creative process. Derrick Minter’s new explosive work “Radar” is in collaboration with sculptor Sohail Shehada. Rated G, performances are April 25 to 27 at the Rupel J. Jones Theatre.

Season subscriptions are available. To purchase a season subscription visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office, located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St.

For more information, call 325-4101 or visit theatre.ou.