By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Other | Issue: December 2009
Sapulpa Community Theatre’s presentation of “Pirates”
If you’re looking for some affordable family fun (and a little culture, too), you should know about Sapulpa Community Theatre, which has some great shows coming up in the next few months.
Sapulpa Community Theatre’s 2009-2010 season is in full swing. They have already presented Mike Johnson’s thriller, “The Premature Corpse,” and Donald Payton’s mystery-comedy, “Finders Creepers.” On December 11-13 and 18-20, the theatre will present Mark Brown’s Christmas comedy, “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” a sequel to Charles Dickens’s classic novel “A Christmas Carol.”
A year after his transformation, Scrooge is suing Jacob Marley and the Christmas Ghosts for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“This is a very funny play, and one that’s great for Christmas,” says Sherry Whisman, Sapulpa Community Theatre’s general production manager. “It’s strictly a comedy, and it’s suitable for the whole family. Bonny Downs, our director and set designer, is great. We’re going to have a wonderful set. She brings so much talent to our show.”
SCT’s presentation of “Rumors”
Whisman has been with the theatre for over ten years, and she serves on the board of directors. A stage and screen actress, she also operates Fireside Talents, Inc. (www.firesidetalents.com), a non-exclusive acting and modeling talent agency. She appears in “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” as Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge’s chairwoman.
Sapulpa Community Theatre is a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer staff. “We’re in our 31st year now, and I think we’re the best-kept secret in Sapulpa,” she says. “We have a very intimate venue – the theatre only seats ninety.” Sapulpa Community Theatre is a member of the Tulsa Area Community Theatre Alliance, the American Association of Community Theatre and the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, and is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Urban Tulsa Weekly and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Sapulpa Community Theatre has three more shows this season. February 5-7 and 12-14, the theatre will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Our Town,” a tale of turn-of-the-century small-town life. This will be followed April 9-11 and 16-18 by John Patrick’s comedy “Everybody Loves Opal,” about an irrepressibly cheerful recluse and her run-in with a trio of con artists. Sapulpa Community Theatre’s 2009-2010 season concludes June 4-6 and 11-13 with Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s beloved fantasy, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”
Sapulpa Community Theatre holds open auditions for both actors and stagehands. “We love to get new people involved in the theatre,” says Whisman. You can find audition dates at www.sapulpacommunitytheatre.com.
Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. The theatre features open seating, and you can buy tickets at the door. For reservations, or for more information, call Sapulpa Community Theatre or visit www.sapulpacommunitytheatre.com.
SCT’s presentation of “Over the River”
SCT’s presentation of “The Odd Couple”