Oklahoma Christian University is proud to offer community theater for families this summer. The Giving Tree Theatre, OC’s summer theater production house, offers the musical comedy “Forever Plaid” August 24-26, 31 and September 1-2.
The musical revue, written by Stuart Ross, brings the lighthearted entertainment of 1950s pop sensations like the Four Aces and The Freshmen to life through a series of comedy sketches and four-part harmony performances. The Giving Tree Theatre is pleased to offer this international hit, starring KAUT 43’s Lucas Ross from the show "2 Movie Guys."
Ross won an Emmy Award in July for his work the TV show, which he has produced and directed with Ryan Bellgardt since 2008. Ross graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a mass communication/theatre degree in 2003. He spent his final semester as an OC student in Los Angeles, interning with Carsey-Werner Productions and working on TV programs like “That ’70s Show,” “The Tracy Morgan Show” and “Grounded for Life.”
“Forever Plaid” also stars OC alumni Chad Anderson, who acts and directs, Spencer Goad and Jason Engelke, as well as OC music professor Paula Hutton. Goad and Engelke live and work in the greater Oklahoma City area.
Anderson has directed the last three homecoming musicals at OC. An active member of the theater community in Oklahoma City, he is a former music and theater teacher at Oklahoma Christian Academy. Anderson also holds a master of performing arts degree from Oklahoma City University and a master of fine arts degree in theater from OU.
“Forever Plaid” begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 25, 31 and Sept. 1, and 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2. The show will be staged in Judd Theatre on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Tickets can be ordered online at stubwire.com at http://bit.ly/Q5pLMg, or by calling (405) 425-5540. Tickets are $12.
Last week, KAUT offered a preview of the show, which can be seen below.
According to Barrett Huddleston, Giving Tree’s founder and associate professor of communication at OC, the Giving Tree Theatre is a different take on community theater.
“We are by, of, for the community,” Huddleston said. “We believe in the power of great stories to inform and shape lives; that you can think just as hard with belly laughs as frowns. We understand you can spot the difference between dull and dynamite entertainment miles away. So we give and give and give to get you the utmost for your family’s satisfaction.”
Giving Tree seeks to provide a showcase for the Oklahoma City area’s talented artists while inaugurating new talents into its group of performers and technical artists. As a community theater, Giving Tree offers different ways to get involved. Auditions are open to both seasoned veterans and zealous newcomers, and volunteers can serve on one of the crews for one of the shows.
Giving Tree Theatre’s first production was the children’s show “A Bear Called Paddington.” According to Huddleston, the show was so well attended that, along with a healthy attendance for “Forever Plaid,” the theater should make a profit in its first season.