February 16, 2006
Oklahoma Baptist Universityís annual Theatre for Young People will feature The BFG by Roald Dahl and David Wood, Feb. 24-25 and March 3-4 at 7:30 p.m., in OBUís Craig-Dorland Theatre.
Adapted from Dahlís novel, The BFG tells the story of an orphan girl named Sophie who is snatched away from her orphanage one morning by The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).
Dahl has written numerous respected works. His most famous literary work is Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Wood has written and adapted more than 60 plays for children, including The Gingerbread Man, Save the Human and a stage adaptation of Tomís Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.
The Theatre for Young People production is an annual event on the OBU campus as OBU Theatre seeks to present plays designed to entertain and inspire younger audiences.
ďChildren of all ages will enjoy this journey of Sophie,Ē said Laura Byland, OBU theatre director. The role is played by Laurel Lea Green, a senior theatre and English major from New Branfuels, Texas. The BFG is played by Jesse Vinyard, a senior theatre major from Choctaw, Okla. The characters team up to save the children of England from child-eating giants.
Other cast members includes Patrick Quinton Little, a sophomore journalism major from Enid, Okla., who plays Bonecruncher; and Sherri Matthews, a senior theatre major from Shawnee, Okla., playing Gizzardgulper.
Mike Morris, a senior music education major from Arlington, Texas, plays Bloodbottler; and Colin James Vardy Smart, a junior theatre major from San Antonio, Texas, is Fleshlumpeater.
The final two giants are Meatdripper, played by Susan Smoots, a sophomore theatre and music major from Renton, Wash.; and Childchewer, played by Megan Winters, a sophomore theatre major from Fritch, Texas.
Tickets for The BFG are $7.00 for adults and students and $1.00 for children age 12 and under. Call 405-878-2347 for ticket information. Craig-Dorland Theatre is located on the main level of OBUís Shawnee Hall.