Short film round-up

Gwenn Germain’s two-and-a-half-minute Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux is beautiful but empty. Though its fantastical tale of a boy who literally falls into a world of magic and adventure is lushly animated, it feels choppy and rushed, moving through the story so quickly that it’s quite difficult for us to keep up. In fact, the whole […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 12

Angela Lansbury took home her first Olivier Award for her supporting performance in the recent revival of Blythe Spirit. The prize for best new musical went to Sunny Afternoon, the show about rock band The Kinks, and the Young Vic’s A View from the Bridge won best play revival. For more from the Olivier Awards, click here. Paul Feig […]

Short film round-up

Border, a one-minute short from animation studio plan78, is a brief but brilliant commentary on the absurdity of the lines people draw between each other. Two little critters, one blue and one yellow, are on either side of one such line, though each has his own ideas about exactly what the line means. It’s a sweet and silly little […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 5

Winnie the Pooh will be the latest Disney property to undergo a live-action transformation. The Mouse House is developing a new film starring the honey-loving bear and friends. The story will follow an adult Christopher Robin. For more information on the project, click here. HBO has released the trailer for its Bessie Smith biopic, starring Queen Latifah. […]

Short film round-up

Based on a short story by Ádám Bodor, Hearth (Otthon), a five-minute short from director Bálint Gelley, is a typhoon of surreal images, death, and rebirth. It follows a man who is trying to save a young girl and three old women from drowning after an unexplained natural disaster. The short is visually stunning – despite its muted, watercolor-like […]

Short film round-up

In Ngendo Mukii’s six-minute short Yellow Fever, the filmmaker uses real-life interviews, animation, and striking images of the human body to explore issues of race, identity, and self-image. Her main topic is the use of skin-lightening creams by African women. The short deals with the issue of feeling uncomfortable in one’s own skin – literally – and […]

Short film round-up

Andre Hyland’s seven-minute Funnel is a neat little slice-of-life short about a man on a quest to fix his broken-down car. We hear the story through his side of a phone conversation as he treks to a gas station and back to his car. The short’s humor is based on its utter mundanity, though it’s […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 3

Disney’s Tangled is coming to the stage – though not the stage you’re probably thinking about. The show will be performed on the Disney Magic cruise ship later this year. Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have written three new songs for the musical. For more on the show, click here. The Muppets may be […]

Theater production pays tribute to OKC bombing

By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief Twenty years after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Downtown Oklahoma City was bombed, a new production will open to honor the victims and heroes of that day. This is the premiere of The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project. The show opens at 8 p.m. April 16 in Burg […]

Short film round-up

Benjamin Arcand’s five-and-a-half-minute Wackatdooo feels like an elaborate The Aristocats throwback with a sinister twist. It centers on an anthropomorphic, music- and wine-loving cat whose passion for raucous partying takes its toll – though it never gets him down for long. The silent short’s score is swell, and the animation is a fun throwback to the classics. Check it out […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 29

Star Trek 3 cowriter and star Simon Pegg had a few words to say about the third installment in the film series. “I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show,” Pegg said. “And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take […]

Short film round-up

Leonard in Slow Motion, an eight-minute film from director Peter Livolsi, is a lovely example of what a short film should be. It follows a man whose life is lived entirely in slo-mo and his struggles with love, labor, and legerity. It’s simple but beautifully executed. Watch it here. Seven-minute La Petite Maison, from director Isaac Holland, […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 27

Although the official Cannes lineup won’t be released for another three weeks, a few selections have already been unveiled. Pixar’s Inside Out will premiere at the festival, along with Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, which – in keeping with Allen’s no-awards policy – will probably not be in the running for any prizes. For more on Cannes, click […]

Changes made to annual NYC spring break program

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor Many performance students will head to New York City during Spring Break to participate in the 10 annual Spring Break NYC program. In mid-December, the OCUNYC alumni organization, who organize the event each year, announced that the workshop would be canceled due to lost funding. In the weeks that followed […]

Playwright connected to OCU to attend production premiere

The final Stage II production of the season is also a first for the state of Oklahoma and the OCU community.

‘Passionate,’ ‘violent’ baroque opera takes the stage this weekend

The Coronation of Poppea, a baroque opera, opens in the Burg Theater this weekend.

Why so serious? Investigating TheatreOCU’s sad plays

TheatreOCU is known for producing excellent theatre. But often times, the subject matter is deep, dark, and depressing. The 2014-2015 season has been especially dark. After seeing The Trojan Women, a tragic play about the battered women of Troy, and Night, Mother, a play about suicide, I wondered why we produced so many sad shows. So I asked.

Production focused on right to die laws to open in nursing school

A show taking place in the Kramer School of Nursing addresses right to die laws. Whose Life is it Anyway? is a play about a paraplegic man, Ken Harrison, who is being kept alive by his doctors and nurses. He faces the problem of having no control over his own life. “I think it’s a […]

Romantic, operatic pirate melodrama set to open

By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer The first main stage opera, The Pirates of Penzance, is preparing to open and tell a story with romance, comedy and lots of music. The show follows “Frederic,” who has just turned 21 and is free from the pirates of Penzance, or so he thinks. He falls in love with […]

Music, theater celebrities to give master classes, concert

By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer Music and theater students will have the opportunity to gain insight into the entertainment industry from two famous performers without leaving campus. Two-time Grammy and Tony award winner Patti LuPone will engage with students in a Q&A session at 3 p.m. March 6 in Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatrick Fine […]

Valentine’s Day: highs and lows of spreading the love

Few holidays are more contested than Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s an opportunity to remind their loved ones how deeply they care, and spoil them with special gifts and extra attention. For others, the day is no more than a ploy by candy and card companies to up their dwindling sales in the spring. Find out the history behind the holiday, the present celebrations, and how this columnist’s spending her weekend.

Students perform in children’s theater show

By Amy Fuhrman, associate editor Theater students can be seen in the upcoming production for children. The Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, which is located on campus, is in rehearsal for The Cat in the Hat, based on the book by Dr. Seuss. The show will be almost identical to the famous children’s book. The adaptation by […]

Production features student skills, pool on stage

By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief A new production on campus will feature an on-stage pool and student aerial silk artist. Metamorphoses is an adaptation from a poem written by the Roman poet, Ovid.  The play is about several different Greek myths and how they are connected by the theme of love. As the play continues, the […]

The editor’s top five ad picks of the Super Bowl 2015

When it comes to the Super Bowl, the first thing that comes to mind are the commercials. Some are sad, some are funny, and some probably shouldn’t have even been shown, but either way, they’re what most of America watches the Super Bowl for and what companies spend millions of dollars on. The editors of […]

Entertainment news round-up for Jan. 22

Western star Roy Rogers is headed to Broadway, and Alan Menken is coming along for the ride. Menken, of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid fame, will pen some new tunes for Happy Trails, a new biographical musical about the King of the Cowboys. The show is slated for a 2016 premiere. For more on the musical, click here. Robert Redford kicked […]

2015 Academy Awards nominations causes controversy

This year’s Academy Award nominations came with a few surprises – and, perhaps more importantly, a few notable snubs.

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