College of Fine Arts and Design

Summerstock Announces New Venue, New Artistic Director and New Season

Feb. 22, 2011Mitchell Hall - Summerstock

Summerstock Productions, now a partner with the University of Central Oklahoma, approaches its summer 2011 season with a new venue, a new artistic director and two new productions the entire family can enjoy.

For the first time since its inception, Summerstock will move its productions from the outdoor amphitheatre at Mitch Park in Edmond to historic Mitchell Hall Theater on Central's campus.

It's a move Summerstock's new Artistic Director, Shannon Hurleigh, believes will help the summer theater program grow by offering a more comfortable environment for the audience and performers.           

"Having our performances in an outdoor venue was difficult at best," said Hurleigh, a UCO graduate who locally has directed for Southern Nazarene University, City Rep and past Summerstock productions.

"With the pop-up thunderstorms, we never knew if we would have a performance or not. And then there is the oppressive heat!  I think our audiences, as well as our actors will appreciate being indoors and in air conditioning.  In addition, Mitchell Hall is much better equipped with the technical capabilities to help us achieve quality productions."          

This summer, Summerstock will stage the family-friendly "Seussical" and the ever-popular "Annie Get Your Gun."              

"Seussical," based on the books of Dr. Seuss centers on the power of imagination and belief in oneself.  "Cat in the Hat" acts as the emcee to steer the audience through the world of "Horton the Elephant," the "Who's of Whoville,"  "Miss Gertrude McFuzz," and other Dr. Seuss personalities.           

"I think that the simple brilliance of the Dr. Seuss tales is how they deliver important messages about tolerance, self-acceptance and nonconformity in entertaining but almost subconscious ways," said Hurleigh.             

"Annie Get Your Gun" is based on the true-life story of Annie Oakley. It's the story of a backwoods gal with a sure-shot and quick wit who challenges dashing marksman Frank Butler to be the star of Buffalo Bill's traveling show.  Sparks fly as the competition and romance heat up.  The musical features some of Broadway's most recognized songs including "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Anything You Can Do," "I Got the Sun In The Morning," and "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun."            

"Seussical" will be performed during the weekends of June 17-19 and June 24-26. Evening shows will be performed at 8 p.m. and a Saturday matinee has been added at 2 p.m.

"Annie Get Your Gun" will be presented during the weekends of July 15-17 and July 22-24. This show will also feature a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for the shows are $15 for adults and $10 for children for the evening shows. Matinees will be $10 for adults and $ 8 dollars for children. Season ticket holders will receive the matinee price for evening shows.               

Auditions for the two musicals will be held Friday April 15 with callbacks on April 16. For detailed audition information, please visit www.summerstockok.com