The wintery weather may have delayed it’s arrival but at least our Christmas spirit is full of all the holly and jolly we need this season. Just in case your the type that longs for a white Christmas and need a little extra holiday cheer we suggest adding Lyric’s holiday production, A Christmas Carol to your repertoire.
This season marks the 5th anniversary of this production and has shows running through December 27th. If it hasn’t been a holiday staple for you and your family we hope it becomes one. It’s cast debuts members from all over the country. Which is a direct reflection of the reputation Lyric holds in the arts community on a national scale.
Opening it’s doors in 1935 the theatre itself was home to Oklahoma’s first air conditioned movie theatre operating until the late 70’s early 80’s. In the early 2000’s Lyric purchased the building and repaired it to what it is today.
Producing artistic director Michael Baron is completing his 6th year with the theatre this year. When he arrived at Lyric it solely operated as a summer theatre, his goal was to grow Lyric into a full season theatre, running 8-9 shows a season.
“My goal when I got here was to hopefully make Lyric a reflection of the community that we’re in. I think that’s one of our main goals in the community is to provide an artistic home and soul for the town,” shared Baron.
Most productions are primarily directed by Lyric staff, artistic director Michael Baron or associate artistic director Ashley Wells. Professionals within the community who have worked with Lyric for years contribute to the productions as well as members from our outstanding surrounding metro collegiate programs.
Lyric has been a great influence within our arts community here in Oklahoma City and certainly in the past decade has helped grow our city into a reputation of “artsyness” right alongside Ausitn, Portland and New York.
We hope you have the opportunity to experience the magic that surrounds Lyric this time of year!
All photo credits to KO Rinearson and/or Lyric Theatre.
You can find more information about upcoming events at their website here, www.lyrictheatreokc.com and more information about A Christmas Carol below:
Oklahoma’s Favorite Holiday Tradition, LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
OKLAHOMA CITY — November 5, 2015—Oklahoma’s favorite holiday tradition LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, presented by Devon Energy, is returning for the 2015 holiday season. Running December 2 through 27 this year at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Plaza Theatre, Lyric is producing another beautiful rendition of the classic tale. Many cast members from past year’s productions of the show are returning to reprise their roles.
“This play has delighted and touched thousands of Oklahoma families over its five year run,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director. “We’re thankful to Devon Energy for their continued support of this production, and excited to bring back many of the adult cast for this year’s edition. I know that this holiday season’s version will be extra special as we celebrate the fifth year of our production.”
Christopher Bloch, who has played Scrooge in Lyric’s 2013 and 2014 productions of the show, will reprise his role as the fabled miser. New to the cast this year is Marilyn Govich as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Govich, a professor of voice at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently seen as Mrs. Andrews in Lyric’s production of MARY POPPINS. Reprising their roles in the show for the fifth year in a row are Tom Huston Orr ,Matthew Alvin Brown, Thomas E. Cunningham, Susan Riley, Mateja Govich, Lexi Windsor, Melissa Griffith, Brenda Williams, and Charlie Monnot. In addition to the adult company, two casts of talented local children will also appear in the show on alternate nights.
Lyric’s version of classic Charles Dickens tale incorporates magical elements such as a ghost gliding above the heads of the audience, snow falling on stage and in the audience, and glorious traditional carols sung by the cast. LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL is performed Wednesday through Sunday at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre, located at 1727 NW 16th Street, from December 2 through 27. An exact performance schedule, with times, can be found on Lyric’s website, LyricTheatreOKC.com
Tickets for LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL are now on sale and start at $30. To purchase tickets, call (405) 524-9312, visit LyricTheatreOKC.com or stop by Lyric’s box office at 1727 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City.
The production is presented by Devon Energy, with additional support from The Chickasaw Nation, The Oklahoman, Chesapeake Energy, and Mark and Beverly Funke. Annual support is provided by Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council and The Shubert Foundation.
About Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company. For over 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four large-scale, fully orchestrated musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer, as well as four smaller works at the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall and winter. Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is a professional training ground for students ages 5-18 offering classes in all aspects of musical theatre. Academy students have the opportunity to perform in two full-scale productions each year of the Plaza Theatre stage. For more information visit LyricTheatreOKC.com.