The Oklahoma State University Opera will present The Wonderful World of Sondheim, featuring musical selections by Stephen Sondheim, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall in Stillwater. The cast is comprised of students from the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music and the Department of Theatre. Admission is free. The performance will also be live-streamed on OState.TV.
The performance is stage directed by Steve Sanders and music directed by Megan Barth Argo with assistance from April Golliver-Mohiuddin and Devon Hunt (assistant professor of performance, Department of Theatre).
The evening will feature many Sondheim favorites in honor of his 90th birthday. The show begins with a couple of selections from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then ventures through selections from Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, and a few other works. The production not only celebrates Sondheim’s legacy, but is also a challenge that has strengthened the students’ acting and musical abilities. Sondheim believes that “a composer makes people listen.” Consequently, this evening of music will challenge and inspire you as well.
The cast will feature Alicen Criner (Kingwood, Texas), Bryce Dubose (Keller, Texas), Christian Diaz (Frisco, Texas), Dakota Norman (Cushing), Jack Moffatt (Edmond), Jordan Roberts (Brownwood, Texas), Kel Hunter (Edmond), Liz Calandra (Floral Park, New York), McKenna Collier (Mansfield, Texas), Dylan Aaron (Stillwater), Dominique Cannon (Stillwater), Carly Clayton (Keller, Texas), Kennedy Conrad (Bethany), Ben Pitts (Vinita), Erica Skinner (Fort Worth, Texas), Hayley Steele (Norman), Rebecca Thompson (Chandler) and Jazmine Rivera (Los Angeles). The program will also feature graduate student Dustin Winters on the cello.
The event is free but tickets are required. They can be reserved online at music.okstate.edu, at McKnightCenter.org, or at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Box Office. The Box Office can be reached at (405) 744-9999. Ordering tickets in advance is highly recommended due to limited seating.
Donations to the OSU Opera support future productions and scholarships. They can be made through the OSU Foundation at osugiving.com or by calling 405-385-5100. For more information, contact April Golliver-Mohiuddin at (405) 564-4961.