College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO to Present Unique Theatrical Tribute to Victims of Murrah Tragedy

memorialFeb. 11, 2010

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design will present a one-of-a kind dramatic performance titled, "Changed Forever," featuring monologues, original music and dance as a tribute to the victims and family members of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah building blast at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18-20 in Pegasus Theater, located in the Liberal Arts Building on the UCO campus.

Under the direction of Hayley Thompson, theatre education coordinator at Central, 14 students will present artistic interpretations of some of the cards, letters and poetry that were left on the fence surrounding the site following the blast on April 19, 1995.

Through a unique arrangement with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Central students were granted unprecedented access to the museum archives, said Thompson.

"They spent two days pouring over boxes of deeply personal and heartfelt letters, notes, poetry and other items that people left at the fence following that fateful day.  They then used these items to create beautiful and original performance art, telling the story of the day and its impact on the state of Oklahoma and the nation, and how it caused all of us to be, 'Changed Forever'."

The performance opens with music including an original work by Central students Lindley Baker, Angela Lansdown and James Michael Avance, and also includes monologues and poetry selections. 

"This is the first interdisciplinary project at Central that encompasses all of the arts, but we hope it will not be the last.  It's our goal to create curriculum that coincides with this process, so that educators can take historical events and produce artistic works," said Thompson.

In addition to the evening performances, two special matinees are scheduled for area high school students at 11 a.m., Tues., Feb. 16 and Thurs., Feb. 18. "Changed Forever" will also be performed at 7:30 p.m., March 28 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and at 7:30 p.m., April 3 on the corner of NE 6th and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City adjacent to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Admission to all performances is free. Donations will be collected to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and UCO student scholarships.

Performance sponsors include Larry and Polly Nichols, KATT, AT&T, Sagac Public Affairs, The Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Action Safety and Cory's Audio Visual.

For a complete schedule of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design performances and events, visit www.uco.edu/fineartsanddesign.