Critic finds film ‘hard to predict’

During the past decade there has been an uptick in movies and television with anti-heroes in the lead role. A lead with questionable morals isn’t a new development. Watching characters struggle to live with their imperfections on screen helps us feel better about ourselves and our own problems. The question is, how far can a […]

New show replaces traditional holiday performances

This holiday season the School of Theater will not perform one of its traditional Christmas plays but a new show instead. In past years the school preformed A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life, but this year they are scheduled to perform The Man who came to Dinner. “We have done Christmas Carol and […]

‘Most lavish Christmas dance extravaganza’ set to begin

The Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment will present its annual Christmas show Home for the Holidays. Home for the Holidays is scheduled to return Dec. 10-13 in Kirkpatrick Auditorium in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. The show features a variety of ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop numbers. Home for the Holidays is described […]

Comedic opera set to open, director to host preshow presentation

The Oklahoma Opera and Music Theatre Company will present this season’s first mainstage opera with the comedy opera Don Pasquale. “Don Pasquale is an opera that is good for first-time opera goers,” said Dr. David Herendeen, the show’s director. “It speaks in the typical TV language. It is an opportunity for the audiences to be […]

Theater school releases revised program

The School of Theater has released a revised Bachelor of Arts program. The change will go into effect in Fall 2016. It will replace the old Bachelor of Arts program when the current students graduate. The program will give students the education they would receive in show business, but localized into a four-year program. “There […]

Critic finds film ‘perfect for all ages’

It’s funny to think about how many of the most heartfelt, touching films I have seen come from an animation studio. Movies such as Wall-E, Toy Story 3 and Up strongly affect me into my adult years. Pixar Animation Studios always knows how to touch an audience. Their newest movie, Inside Out, written and directed […]

Entertainment news round-up

Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart are both rumored to star in a new movie about Lizzie Borden, an axe murderer of the 1800s. The Hollywood Reporter announced that they will likely be playing Borden and her maid, Bridget Sullivan. So far there is no production start or potential release date. For more on this exciting […]

Festival features professional actors

Students have the opportunity to see professional performances at the School of Theater’s newest show. The Festival of Solo Performance will feature  three performers: Lisa Dalton, Doug Tompos and Luke Eddy. Dalton, actor, director, filmmaker, and coach, cofounded the National Michael Chekhov Association. Tompos, actor and playwright, has been featured on several television shows. Eddy […]

Acting, science come together for play

A new play is set to open that questions the importance of discovery. Oxygen, written by chemists Carl Djerassi and Ronald Hoffman, transitions between the 1700s and present time, focusing on which of three chemists actually discovered oxygen. “It’s for stage and sciences majors alike,” said Sarah Hinrichsen, acting senior. “It’s something different then what […]

Critic sees film ‘worth Red Box price to rent’

What Marvel Studios has done with its movies in the past couple of years is impressive. The first Avengers film served as a culmination of both Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon and was a commercially–and critically acclaimed–success. Expectations for the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, were a little on the high side and, in the […]

Student records, releases album of original songs

A student recently released an EP recorded in a friend’s house. Nick Villalon, acting senior, was inspired by a former co-worker to record Little Things and Heartstrings “He told me to constantly keep writing and so I did,” Villalon said. “I wrote about trees, dogs, anything. Then he started listening to my songs and told […]

Musical portrays director with relationship crises

A new musical will open Oct. 9 focusing on a director’s life as he struggles to find balance at home and work. Nine is about an Italian director, Guido Contini, who is lacking inspiration for his next movie. His marriage is struggling and his life is in shambles as his mistress, wife, muse, and producer all […]

Annual film festival opens with theme inspired by survivor

The OCU Film Institute is presenting their 34th annual film festival. The film Timbuktu, written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, will be shown next. The film focuses on a cattle herder who lives a quiet life until it is interrupted by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. The film will show at 2 p.m. […]

Award-winning play featuring Peter Pan opens

The School of Theater and Oklahoma City Repertory Theater will collaborate to present Peter and the Starcatcher. Peter and the Starcatcher is a five-time Tony Award winning Broadway hit based on the novel of the same name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatcher is the grown-up prequel to the classic story […]

Entertainment news round-up for May 1

Josh Hutcherson is joining the cast of James Franco’s upcoming The Long Home. Hutcherson will play a young man in the 1940’s who goes to work for a Tennessee bootlegger, unaware that the man murdered his father. The script is based on William Gay’s novel of the same name. For more on the project, click here. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 26

Cleveland Playhouse is the newest recipient of the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award. The Ohio theater is heading into its 100th season as a champion of new works. The rest of the Tony nominations will be announced on April 28. For more on the Cleveland Playhouse and the Tonys, click here. Jay Z took to Twitter […]

The City Cabaret opens in OKC

OCU faculty and staff perform with new cabaret group in Oklahoma City.

Cast ‘Open Doors’ for Look at Production

The cast of the newest production, The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project, opened their doors April 6 for a special rehearsal for local media to attend.

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 24

Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is set to star in Ric Roman Waugh’s upcoming prison thriller Shot Caller. Coster-Waldau will play a gangster who is forced to commit a major crime shortly after his release from prison. Waugh went undercover as a volunteer parole agent to research prison gangs while he was writing the film’s script. For more on the project, […]

Short film round-up

Although The Girl & The Tree loses something in cultural transposition, the two-minute short from Moin Samadi touches on universal themes of love, loss, and the ravages of both war and time. Samadi’s animation calls to mind both comic books and traditional Japanese art – a combination that is both beautiful and unique. Regardless of its esoteric details, […]

‘Romantic’ musical with a Scottish influence opens

By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer   The musical Brigadoon, written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, will be the first main stage musical of the semester. Brigadoon tells the story of two men, “Tommy” and “Jeff,” who are unsure of love. The two men take a trip to Scotland before Tommy gets married and […]

Short film round-up

Minka Farthing-Kohl’s seven-minute Stray Dogs is a very strange short about a very strange summer day. It follows “Frank,” whose mundane wait at the bus stop turns into something much more dramatic when a distraught woman asks to borrow his phone. Much of the film feels like a very obvious Tarantino knockoff, but there’s enough originality to keep […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 19

Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller confirmed the news via Instagram and Twitter. Cruz joins Stiller and Owen Wilson in the film, which is set to open on February 12, 2016. For more on the project, click here. Josh Trank was a no-show at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA. […]

Star Wars, Shakespeare combined for performance

By Taylor Rey, Staff Writer   Star Wars and Shakespeare are an unlikely combination, but students will get the chance to see both in the next OCU Edge production. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back is a play written by Ian Doescher. The show is actually the script of the second movie in the Star […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 15

Rumor has it that Patty Jenkins will step into the shoes vacated by Michelle MacClaren as director of the new Wonder Woman movie. MacClaren dropped out earlier this week due to creative differences with the studio. Production is still running on schedule, though, with the feature set to hit theaters in 2017. For more on the project, […]

Student-run theater company forms, addresses societal problems

By Miguel Rios, Staff Writer   A new, student-run theater company has formed on campus. The Shadow Collective is a devised theater company that focuses on addressing societal issues. “It’s an organization that challenges today’s problems through theater, while making it known that we are the change in the world,” said Taylor Blackman, acting freshman. […]

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