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April 12, 2013

Sooner Theatre participates in Hello, Dolly! legacy



Baker said the Sooner Theatre’s nod to the original will be a walk down memory lane for many theatergoers.

“There’s going to be people sitting here who aren’t going to be able to help but look back and think, ‘Oh, I remember when I first saw ‘Hello, Dolly!’ It was at the movie. Oh, no, I saw it in this little theater in Texas.’ Everyone for the most part, for our older patrons, they get to think back and be nostalgic and think, ‘Where did I first see it?’”

Sipress and Baker can’t help but reminisce themselves.

“Having done the show with Carol Channing, I was 23 when I did it with Carol, and let me tell you to stand on the stage in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City and you’re standing at the bottom of the stairs and there’s Carol Channing at the top — iconic,” Sipress said. “The iconic staircase, the iconic red dress and the woman is in it. I had to stop and think for a second.”

“I get emotional every time the music starts I can barely even sing ‘Hello, Harry. Hello, Louie’ because I’m always about to cry,” Baker said. “That for me is it, too.”

Baker is joined on the stage by local favorites Mandy Jiran, Mat Govich, Michael Gibbons, Cassie Blacksten, MacKay Whalen, Preston Taylor, Ryan Blagg, David Hopper and Shirley Franklin. The cast includes over 30 community members, professional actors and students. Music Director for the show is Jason Grife.

“Hello, Dolly!” showtimes are 8 p.m. April 12, 8 p.m. April 13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by phone at 405-321-9600 or in person 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Friday at the box office, 101 E. Main St. Tickets range from $18-$23, with a special $15 rate for children 12 and under. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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