Oklahoma City Arts ring in Holiday Season

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The Nutcracker is being presented at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
Lyric Theatre’s presentation of Christmas Carol.

Oklahoma City Arts ring in Holiday Season with Classic Favorites

Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre and Civic Center of Oklahoma City present two holiday favorites to help ring in Christmas.

Tickets are on sale now for both “A Christmas Carol” at the Lyric and “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Oklahoma City Ballet.

LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL presented by Devon Energy Opens Holiday Season

Oklahoma is awash in much anticipation as Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma prepares to present its holiday tradition, Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Devon Energy, for the third year through Dec. 28 at the Plaza Theatre.

Lyric is proud to welcome, direct from Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” nationally-acclaimed actor Chris Bloch in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Boasting an impressive resume, Bloch is best known for his work as Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as in “Les Miserables,” “1776,” TV’s “The West Wing” and much more.

“We are ecstatic to have Chris join the cast,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s artistic director and director of the show. “This being the third year of the production, it is the perfect time to bring a fresh perspective into the character of Scrooge. Chris is a superb actor and we are excited for Oklahoma audiences to see him on stage for the first time.”

Bloch will not be the only new addition to the cast this year—Jennifer Teel will take on the role of The Ghost of Christmas Past. Returning, outstanding cast members include: Tom Huston Orr as Bob Cratchit, Matthew Alvin Brown as Fred/Young Scrooge, Mandy Jiran as The Ghost of Christmas Present, Tommy Cunningham as Jacob Marley/Mr. Fezziwig, Susan Riley as Mrs. Cratchit, Mat Govich as the Solicitor/Undertaker, Lexi Windsor as Mrs. Fred, Melissa Griffith as Belle, Brenda Williams as Mrs. Dilber, Charlie Monnot as Topper and two casts of talented local children, many of who attend Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy. In a special appearance, Vince Leseney will take over the role of Bob Cratchit December 26 through 28.

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” are now on sale. To purchase, call (405) 524-9312, visit LyricTheatreOKC.com or stop by Lyric’s box office at 1727 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City.

The production is sponsored by Devon Energy, Tri-State Industrial Group, Mark and Beverly Funke, First Liberty Bank, Mercy, Chesapeake Energy and The Oklahoman. Annual support is provided by Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council and The Shubert Foundation.

About Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company. For 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four large-scale, fully orchestrated musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer, as well as four smaller works at the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall and winter. Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is a professional training ground for students ages 5-18 offering classes in all aspects of musical theatre. Academy students have the opportunity to perform in two full-scale productions each year on the Plaza Theatre stage. For more information visit LyricTheatreOKC.com.

OKC Ballet Presents Holiday Favorite, The Nutcracker

The OKC Civic Center Music Hall’s Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre presents the Oklahoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 13 to 15 and on Dec. 10 to 22.
The holidays are not complete without this beautiful production for the whole family. Called “fresh and exciting, a true accomplishment” by the Oklahoman in 2012, Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of the holiday classic stays true to the original libretoo inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffman story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”
The Nutcracker brings visions of sugar plums, dancing snowflakes and a host of other fanciful characters to the child in us all. Tchaikovsky’s enduring score is performed live at every performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.okcciviccenter.com/shows.php

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