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UCO's College of Fine Arts and Design Announces 2017-18 Performing Arts Season

Three women in dresses sing on stage during a musical theatre production

July 31, 2017

Media Contact: Steven Akins, Marketing & Communications Director, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3774, sakins1@uco.edu

UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design Announces 2017-18 Performing Arts Season

Tickets for the University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) 2017-18 performing arts season are available for purchase beginning Aug. 1 online or through the Mitchell Hall Theatre Box Office. The season promises to be diverse, featuring seasoned performers like the Grammy-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet and up-and-coming student artists.           

“Patrons at the historic Mitchell Hall Theatre and the other College of Fine Arts and Design performance venues in Edmond and the OKC Metro will have an opportunity to witness promising artists who will go on to influence the performing arts world for many years,” said Greg White, Ph.D., assistant dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.           

The season features dance, music, musical theatre, opera and theatre arts performances, with special highlights including the musical theatre production of “Chicago” in the fall, as well as the perennial audience favorite “Man of La Mancha” in the spring. Theatre Arts will present “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, followed in the spring with Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “The Mousetrap.” The School of Music will begin their year-long season of concerts with “The President’s Concert,” a tribute to UCO President Don Betz, Ph.D. UCO Opera will produce the engaging outer space, children’s fable “Starbird” and “Martha” in the spring and the Kaleidoscope Dance Company also will offer fall and spring concerts at Mitchell Hall Theatre.           

The performing arts season will include the Broadway Tonight series – a guest performance series that features the music and dance industry’s top performing artists.  This year’s series opens with a performance in Mitchell Hall Theatre by the three-time Grammy Award-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet. Be sure to catch the Diavolo Dance Theater, Lillias White and The Midtown Men, as well as a bonus holiday show. Visit broadwaytonight.uco.edu for series times, dates and performance venues.

“We see all of these performances as a way to give back to the community,” said Steven Lee Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design. “The support from the people of Edmond and the OKC Metro makes so much of what we do at CFAD possible. It is wonderful to provide national and international quality programming for our Oklahoma City family.”           

Community members can enjoy a discount to Mitchell Hall and CFAD performances with the Central Arts Card. The card offers a discount of up to $5 per ticket for up to 4 tickets per performance at Mitchell Hall and other CFAD performing arts venues. The card is available for purchase for $10, with proceeds benefitting scholarships.           

Select performances from the 2017-18 CFAD performing arts season are supported, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Purchase tickets for CFAD performances at www.mitchellhalltheatre.com or through the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 405-974-3375.           

For a complete listing of performances and events at the college, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Download art associated with this release at https://media.uco.edu/Press/CFADSeasonOpening08.17.

Cutline 1: Theatre Arts is one of several fine arts disciplines that will be represented in this year’s 2017-18 College of Fine Arts and Design performing arts season, with tickets available beginning Aug. 1. Seen here is a performance of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” from the 2016-17 season.

Cutline 2: Dance is one of several fine arts disciplines that will be represented in this year’s 2017-18 College of Fine Arts and Design performing arts season, with tickets available beginning Aug. 1. Seen here is a performance of from UCO’s Kaleidoscope Dance Company from the 2016-17 season.

Cutline 3: Musical Theatre is one of several fine arts disciplines that will be represented in this year’s 2017-18 College of Fine Arts and Design Theatre performing arts season, with tickets available beginning Aug. 1. Seen here is a performance of the musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” from the 2016-17 season.