Oklahoma Baptist University

Theatre Season Opens Nov. 5 with ‘Brigadoon’ Premiere

OBU’s Theatre Department will begin its 2011-12 season with a whimsical production of the musical “Brigadoon,” a tale of a young New York socialite who finds love in a mysterious, enchanting Scottish village. The premiere is Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Shawnee Hall’s Craig-Dorland Theatre on the OBU campus.

Other performances will be presented Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, at 8:30 p.m., and Nov. 12 and 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Lundie (played by Richard Cheek, second from right) explains the miracle of Brigadoon to Tommy (Andrew Harper), Fiona (Sarah Stephens) and Jeff (Robert Mills).

Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, “Brigadoon” shares the story of Tommy Albright, an idealistic young man from New York, who goes on a hunting trip in the Highlands of Scotland with his cynical best friend and discovers a captivating secret. The two friends stumble upon a hidden Scottish village and discover that the friendly 18th-century village awakens only once every 100 years so as to avoid the perils of modern life. Under certain conditions, however, the mysterious, miraculous phenomenon can be broken.

The production is directed by Dr. Jeffery Wells, OBU associate professor of theatre, and Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music. It is choreographed by Jade Kelley, dance performance and choreography graduate of Hope College in Holland, Mich., with scenic and lighting design by Leslie Thomas, OBU assistant professor of theatre.

The principle performers include: Andrew Harper, a senior voice major from Olympia, Wash., as Tommy Albright; Robert Mills, a sophomore theatre major from San Antonio, Texas, as Jeff Douglas; Sarah Stephens, a junior vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla., as Fiona MacLauren; Cylie Hall, a senior theatre major from Norman, Okla., as Jean MacLauren; Breana White, a sophomore vocal performance major from Broken Arrow, Okla., as Meg Brockie; Benjamin Hopkins, a freshman music and vocal performance major from Pawhuska, Okla., as Charlie Dalrymple; Nick Oxford, a senior electronic media production major from Golden, Colo., as Harry Beaton; Richard Cheek, OBU dean of library services, as Mr. Lundie; and Tony Litherland, OBU professor of political science, as Andrew MacLauren.

Other roles include Madison Daniel, from Kingman, Ariz., as Angus MacGuffie; Sadie Barrett, Aurora, Mo., as Angie Beaton; Jace Jaye, Yukon, Okla., as Frank; Joy Fait, Arvada, Colo., as Jane Ashton; JemiJean Jones, Del City, Okla., as Kate; Jonathan Flowers, Las Colinas, Texas, as Stuart Dalrymple; Kat Hunter, Owasso, Okla., as Maggie Anderson; Ken Spruiell, Shawnee, Okla., as Sandy Dean; Cameron Barnett, Edmond, Okla., as MacGregor; Lyndsy Perkins, Mazeppa, Minn., as a fishmonger; and Andre Jones, Lawton, Okla., and Brayden Lans, Fort Collins, Colo., as sword dancers.

The chorus and dancers accompanying the principals include: Joy Knight, from North Richland Hills, Texas; Sarah Gore, Bartlesville, Okla.; Elizabeth Youngblood, Midwest City, Okla.; Sara Martin, Lawton, Okla.; Ashlynn Streck, Hennessey, Okla.; Allison Scott, Fort Gibson, Okla.; Melanie Cabaniss, Shawnee; Karli Butler, Sapulpa, Okla.; Sarah Morris, Bedford, Texas; Kyra Cochran, Oklahoma City; Corbett Dalton, Arkansas City, Kan.; Bethany McWilliams, Shawnee; Haylee Dowler, Bixby, Okla.; Katherine Holmer, Rogers, Ark.; Jeremy Johnson, Lequire, Okla.; and Randy Ridenour, OBU associate professor of philosophy.

Tickets will go on sale for the OBU community and the public for all performances on Oct. 24. General admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Group rates also are available. No season passes will be sold this year. Tickets are available through the OBU Box Office, located in Sarkey’s Telecommunication Center. The Box Office is open from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (405) 878-2347, or email THEA@okbu.edu.