By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013
Kelly Larson promotes “Jolly Roger” at Owasso’s Gathering On Main.
Make plans to get swept away for a timeless adventure with Owasso Community Theatre Company’s production of “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen” by Craig Sodaro. The all-children cast is sure to get you hooked with this humorous twist on a familiar tale of pirates at the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center in Owasso October 24-26.
“Jolly Roger is a funny script that offers many great characters for both male and female actors," said OCTC board member Chris Larson.
This is OCTC’s 9th season to offer fun, family-friendly, live entertainment in Owasso. Larson and Heidi Rae are co-producers for Jolly Roger. “Heidi and I both have children involved in theatre, and we love working together to make the ‘magic’ of a live show come together,” said Larson.
OCTC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Productions are funded by donations and revenue from sponsors, advertisers, and ticket sales. “Being a sponsor of OCTC is a great way for local businesses to give back to the Owasso community,” said Rae.
OCTC has limited resources for costumes, props and stage design. But Stephanie Townsend, costume designer, doesn’t see the resources as limited at all. “My mom taught me that our resources are wherever we look for them,” said Townsend. “That could be in our own closets, a donation box of clothing that a family has outgrown, or clearance fabric from the craft store. We are blessed no matter where our resources come from.”
Townsend has used some clothing pieces from past OCTC productions and she’s been creative with the costumes. “The kids bring their personalities to the wardrobe room and the stage. We’re going to have an amazing production all the way around.”
“I love how lighthearted the script is, and the dialogue is simply funny,” said Jennifer Milam, director of Jolly Roger. “I enjoy the poems that Smudge and Dandy, two of the show’s characters, recite.”
Volunteers are important for the show’s success, both on and off the stage. Even though the show is only a few weeks away, OCTC is always looking for new volunteers to help with hair and makeup, set building, tickets sales, show flyer distribution, and more. If you’d like to help, go to www.octok.org for more information.
Shows will be at the Mary Glass Performing Arts Center, located at 12901 E. 86th St. N. in Owasso (adjacent to Owasso High School), on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m.; Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased online, with PayPal as the payment method, at www.octok.org for $8 each. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 55+) and students. Children ages 5 and under are free.
The entire cast isn’t on stage for every scene, so the OCTC board members decided the cast could do something special to give back when they aren’t practicing. Cast members are making cards for distribution to children fighting cancer. These cards will be distributed by the Oklahoma chapter of Emmy’s Heart, an organization that makes crowns, capes, tutus, and masks for children fighting cancer.