NOC Fall Musical, "It's a Wonderful Life" - KPAC 7:30 p.m. (click for details)

Thu, November 17, 20117:30 PM

     The Fine Arts Division of Northern Oklahoma College is pleased to announce the fall musical theatre production for the 2011-2012 Season will be a musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra's film classic has been brought to vibrant theatrical life through the remarkable collaboration of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick and Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo.

    The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, A WONDERFUL LIFE exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.

     Performances of this heart-warming and well-loved tale will be held Thursday through Saturday, November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. on the main stage of the Kinzer Performing Arts Center in Tonkawa. The production is chock full of delightful music by Harnick, composer of Broadway hits such as Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello, and The Apple Tree, just to name a few. Director of Music Theatre Dana Ayers will be directing and music directing the production featuring local children and NOC students in a variety of roles.

“This is such a timely and beloved show to kick off the holiday season.” said Ayers. “We have a tremendously talented group of students from the college as well as area schools who are sharing their talents. It’s a great experience for them as well as a wonderful opportunity for the community to join us in learning timeless lessons about family, love, and the impact each of has on the lives of those around us.”

     Casting occurred recently and roles will be performed by: Nick Hunter (Broken Arrow), Holly Colpitt (Mannford), Mark Standrich (Noble), Katelyn Roberts (Stillwater), Autumn Circle (Blackwell), Marie Reynolds (Cleveland), Jacob Cummins (Mannford), Robin Whittaker (Bristow), Teka Marsh (Pond Creek), Charles Gerian (Blackwell), Nathan Kellart (Blackwell), and Brian Campos (Broken Arrow). Tonkawa favorites include Keaton Simmons, Delanie Ayers, Aryn Kitchell, Joslyn Cantrell, and Stephanie Phelps, while Ponca City regulars Matt Graves, Daniel Graves, Kelli Graves, Ryan Brown, Quinn Herron, Aaron Clark and Ian Cummings will also be featured. Additional area students have been cast including Madison Swafford, Desiree Moore, Emily Ponce, Darrian Fisher, Hailey Braswell and Haley Parrish. NOC Director of Bands Eddie Dixon will be rehearsing the students and community members who will be playing in the 9-piece pit orchestra, while choreography will be provided by Hannah Richmond and Dana Ayers. Technical Director John Michael Warburton will provide the set design and oversee the student technical crews.

     Admission is $7.00 for adults and seniors, and $3.00 for students. NOC Faculty, Staff and Students will be admitted free. For further information, please contact the Kinzer Performing Arts Center Box Office at 580-628-6335, Monday through Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m.