Members of Out of the Box will celebrate the theater company’s 10th anniversary with an event in March.
OOTB is a student-run theater troupe. Members plan to have performances from several campus organizations related to OOTB.
“We want to walk the campus through the history of Out of the Box over the course of the last 10 years while also incorporating other organizations on campus who have taken up a mantle where we have left it,” said Dawson MacLeod, acting junior and OOTB co-artistic director.
MacLeod said he wants the event to feature groups and performances related to what OOTB formerly has done.
The troupe used to specialize in movement pieces, devising pieces and improv, so the event will feature appearances from Motus Operandi, the on-campus physical theater company; the Shadow Collective, the student-run devising company, and OCU Improv.
Some students will speak between performances, including MacLeod, Amanda Miller, English junior and OOTB co-artistic director, and five or six past artistic directors.
“It is a solid foundation with excellent personnel and a structure that will last,” MacLeod said. “It’s cool to see where we’ve come from, as hectic and non-focused as it was at times.”
Musical performances will include numbers from OOTB’s upcoming drag and miscast cabarets as well as from Baseball Play, OOTB’s upcoming playwright-in-residence play with music.
Patty Irwin, music theater junior, and her jazz band will perform before the ceremony. Annie Oakley, an Oklahoma City band featuring Grace Babb and Sophia Babb, mass communication juniors, will play after the ceremony.
Miller said she wants the event to give representation to everyone involved in an artistic creation process.
“We want to celebrate all art, all theater, everything,” she said. “Whether that be an improv show or a new play with music, we want to just honor and celebrate the people that are working on things right now.”
The OOTB 10th anniversary celebration will be at 7 p.m. March 23 on the quad. Students can visit the organization’s Facebook page “OCU Out of the Box” for updates and information on the event.