By: Steve James | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013
Sapulpa Community Theatre board members, from left: Karyn Maio, Sherry Whisman, Steve James, Donny Bailey and Angenene Gibbs.
Sapulpa Community Theatre invites you to celebrate their 35th anniversary by joining them for a season of “Classic Nostalgia,” with presentations of well-known works and an evening of original plays by local playwrights.
The organization’s season includes “State Fair,” “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some),” local playwright showcase “Etcetera, etcetera,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Quilters.”
Opening the 2013-14 season is “State Fair,” presented October 4-6 and 11-13. The play, adapted from Phil Strong’s novel of the Frake family’s adventures (and misadventures) at the Iowa State Fair, was itself later adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein into the big-screen musical of the same name.
Audiences may not be as familiar with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some),” scheduled December 6-8 and 13-15, but as the title suggests, they’ll know the source material. The show centers on three actors who decide to perform every Christmas story ever told and sing every carol ever sung. Families are sure to enjoy this madcap romp through the holidays.
“Etcetera, etcetera,” scheduled February 7-9 and 14-16, is sure to be new for everyone, as SCT, in cooperation with Tulsa’s Heller Theatre, will present new works by local playwrights, which promise to be entertaining and thought-provoking.
Perhaps the most well-known of all five works will be presented April 25-27 and May 2-4: “Death of a Salesman.” Arthur Miller’s classic tale of the iconic Willy Loman, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and best drama Tony Award, has been produced all over the world since its Broadway debut in 1949.
Wrapping up the season June 20-22 and 27-29 will be the musical “Quilters,” which tells the intriguing story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. Individual stories, which woven together become blocks of a quilt, capture the harsh realities and abiding rewards of frontier life.
Season ticket packages are $47.50 ($45.00 before September 1) for adults and $23.75 ($22.50) for students and children. The season packages include five tickets good for any performance. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
The organization has come a long way since its origins in 1978, when a group of actors, led by John B. Clark and Wanda Lovelace, came together to produce occasional shows as fundraisers for local charities. Since purchasing its building at 124 S. Water St. in 1989, Sapulpa Community Theatre has presented several shows a season ever since.
Theatre involves so many more individuals than the actors you see on stage, and SCT welcomes newcomers who may be interested in serving on- or off-stage. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the theatre is funded by its patrons, grants from local and state arts organizations, as well as corporate sponsors. Individual gifts of any amount are always welcome to help keep the shows coming and are tax deductible.
More information on SCT, its season, tickets, auditions and sponsorship opportunities is available online at www.sapulpacommtheatre.com, by email at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or by phone (please leave a message) at (918) 227-2169.