Talks on the Steps Explore Oklahoma! History and Music

Pre-show talks by faculty and students peek behind the curtain of the classic musical and explore the creative process

Faculty and students from the Departments of History, Music, and Performing Arts will offer “Talks on the Steps” before performances of Oklahoma!, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein  musical about love and life in the American west. Each “Talk on the Steps” offers insight into the themes of the play or the creative process from a distinct point of view. Speakers will include:

10/23 at 7:00pm: Theatre Studies and Music double major Meagan Schrock will explore the intricate musical world of and how composer Richard Rodgers uses musical themes to tell the story

10/29 at 7:00pm: Professor of History Jim Bissett will examine how the musical portrays the history and settlement of the American west

10/30 at 7:00pm: Assistant Director Chloe Robin will give audiences a behind-the-scenes peek with descriptions and anecdotes from inside the rehearsal process

10/31 at 7:00pm: Costume designer and Associate Professor of Performing Arts Jack Smith will discuss his costume design process and the unique challenges of costuming

Talks take place in the lobby of the McCrary Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Talks are free and open to the public, and last ten minutes.

With music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! is based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. Oklahoma! is directed by Catherine McNeela, with musical direction by Nathan Thomas, and choreography by Lynne Kurdziel Formato. Performances take place in the McCrary Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 7:30pm, October 22-24 and October 29-31.