OC’s Giving Tree Theatre offers musical comedy

OC’s Giving Tree Theatre offers musical comedy

Oklahoma Christian University is proud to provide community theater for families this summer.

The Giving Tree Theatre, OC’s summer theater production house, offers the musical, “Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

Adapted to the stage by Ernest Zulia, the comedy is based on the best-selling book by Robert Fulghum, with music and lyrics by David Caldwell.

According to Valerie Compton, the show’s director and a 2012 OC alumna, the musical makes for great family-friendly entertainment.

“The show is very funny, but it’s poignant as well,” Compton said. “The actors sing and talk about common, humorous childhood experiences, but the lessons touch on universal lessons that adults still struggle with today.”

The show stars OC alumni Bradley Gilliland, Skylar Henry and Sarah Nading, as well as OC senior Matthew Kessler, from Choctaw, Okla.

Gilliland teaches at Western Heights Middle School in Oklahoma City and founded the Western Heights Acting Troupe. Compton, Nading and Henry worked with Giving Tree last summer and have acted, directed and stage-managed a number of shows in college, community and professional theatres.

In August, Henry will begin work as an Attractions Cast Member for the Walt Disney World College Program.

“Everything I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” will be staged the next two weekends, July 19-21 and 26-28. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m.

The show will be staged in Judd Theatre on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online from The Giving Tree Theatre’s Facebook page, by visiting http://bit.ly/11XrEzk or by calling (405) 425-5540.  

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.

In late August, the Giving Tree Theatre will stage the classic play, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”