Arts America: Summer Stock Production
An artistic blast from the past! Arts America provides an opportunity for young people to discover the arts of America and the cultural influences that made them great! Each year we focus on a unique period in American history, exploring notable artists and moments from the time. This dynamic summer program is held annually in coordination with Arts Express’ July 4th production of Let Freedom Sing, a heartwarming celebration of our nation’s birthday.
VARIETY OF PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 8-COLLEGE (Age 22)
2017 SUMMER STOCK PRODUCTION: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN”S OKLAHOMA!
AUDITIONS AND TECH INTERVIEWS (by Appointment) June 1st and 2nd from 1:00 – 5:00 pm
REHEARSALS AND SHOWS: June 5th – July 1st with rehearsals Monday-Friday, June 5th – 28th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and shows on June 29th (7:00 pm), June 30th (7:00 pm) and July 1st (3:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Leads and other interested actors may be asked to perform at Let Freedom Sing on the 4th of July
$450/students (Now Through 3/31 – Early Bird Special of $395)
Scholarships Available (for families meeting criteria for Title I Free/Reduced Lunch Program) – CLICK HERE TO APPLY!
ALL REHEARSALS AND SHOWS WILL BE AT THE U of A COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS BUILDINGS
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
Actors: Please prepare a 60 second vocal selection from a musical theatre production
Theatre Technicians: Students will learn technical theatre skills throughout all phases of the production. Students interested in Stage Management, Run Crew, Musical Direction, Choreography, Costuming, Lighting and Sound are asked to interview for a role on the technical crew.
Interested in both Acting and Tech? Positions are available for students that want to be in the cast while learning about theatre tech. Please sign-up for both an audition and interview.
In order to “set the stage” all actors and tech students will learn about the society and culture that shaped turn of the century America. In addition, students learn about the filming of the movie Oklahoma in Southern Arizona.
Students stepped into the shoes of the “Rosie the Riveter” graphic artist, comedians Abbott & Costello, WWII USO performers and much more! Cast members took on Broadway classic, South Pacific, gaining insight from a distinguished panel of WWII veterans.
Students explored the arts of the 60’s by studying artists like Andy Warhol, learning dances like the shimmy, and performing the musical Hairspray.
Students delved into this unique period in American arts by learning about silent film, mod art, and putting on the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.