Brigadoon first Broadway musical at OC
Since the very beginning of Central Christian in Bartlesville, the speech and music departments have presented musical programs. They had performed well-known one-act operas. In addition, Harold Fletcher and Stafford North for many years collaborated to produce Songs America Sings, a musical revue using many popular songs and Broadway tunes.
In some years, Bill Carmack, James Cail, Bailey McBride, and Elizabeth Ross also helped write the show. This musical also often made use of political satire to poke fun at national figures and trends. It was first produced in 1952 and was done each year for several years, then every other year, and then every three years. The last production was in 1969.
This program was done both on the campus and on the road in auditoriums in Wichita, Tulsa, Dallas, and Lawton. Some years, the total attendance reached more than 5,000. The show was started as a way to showcase the talent at Central Christian for the general public to see and to give students an opportunity for the learning that comes from being in a musical.
As the college grew and added Hardeman Auditorium, sufficient resources were available to add a new dimension: a Broadway musical. Brigadoon was the first of these to be produced in 1968. Since that time, many of the popular Broadway musicals have found their way to the Oklahoma Christian stage.