February 14, 2007
Mischievous pranks from famous folktale characters come to life in the Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre for Young Audience production of Brer Rabbit Tales. The show will be presented February 23-24 and March 2-3 at 7:30 p.m., in OBU’s Craig-Dorland Theatre.
Adapted for the stage by Stanley Vincent Longman from the stories of Joel Chandler Harris, the play chronicles the adventures and trickery that Brer Rabbit carries out along with Brer Terrapin.
Each of the four main character parts is shared by two students to accommodate the frequent performance schedule.
Dana Hanley and Megan Winters will portray Brer Rabbit. Hanley is a freshman theatre major from Midwest City, Okla; and Winters is a junior theatre major from Fritch, Texas.
Rebecca Barksdale and Nathan Hollis will play Brer Terrapin. Barksdale is a junior theatre major from Kingwood, Texas; and Hollis is a senior theatre major from Clovis, New Mexico.
Other students in the play include Patrick Little, a junior theatre major from Enid, Okla., and Justin Metcalfe, a senior telecommunications major from Tulsa, Okla., as Brer Bear; and Thomas Mosley III, a freshman biblical languages major from Midwest City, Okla., and Susan Smoots, a junior theatre major from Renton, Wash., as Brer Fox.
The play is directed by Laura Byland, OBU director of theatre. Laurel Green, a senior theatre major from New Braunfels, Texas, is the assistant director and production manager.
The tales are adapted from Harris’ stories published in the late 19th century. Harris presented the stories as told by Uncle Remus to two children on a Georgia plantation.
Brer Rabbit Tales, rooted strongly in West African folk tales, is associated with Uncle Remus’ name, although his character does not appear in the play. The stories feature Brer Rabbit’s clever one-upmanship in the face of the overbearing strength of Brer Bear and the foxy maneuverings of Brer Fox.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the OBU Box Office at 405-878-2347 or visiting the box office located in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.
OBU Theatre will present one more major production this semester. Six Characters in Search of An Author will run April 19-21 and 27-29.