Opens Third Season with a Song
by Elizabeth Warren
night is a grand night for singing as Sedona Arts Centers
Oak Creek Theatre Company opens its third season with a collection
of the very best of Rodgers and Hammerstein. A Grand Night for
Singing previewed on October 11 and runs through November 12
at SACs Charles W. Raison Theatre in Uptown Sedona.
"A Grand Night
for Singing is pure joy to experience," said OCTC Producing
Artistic Director Mary Guaraldi. "Its better than
a best of CD - its gathering all of our favorite
Rodgers and Hammerstein songs together and then bringing them
to life on stage."
A Grand Night for
Singing is a Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit a journey
through the beguiling musical landscape of the most important
collaboration in American theatre history. Many of the duos
most memorable gems are woven into the production from
Oklahoma!s "Surrey With a Fringe on Top" to
South Pacifics "Some Enchanted Evening."
"Music and theatre
go hand-in-hand," says Guaraldi. "Last year, we brought
the timeless magic of Patsy Cline to the stage, and this year
we celebrate the partnership that changed American theatre forever."
Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist)
joined forces and began to change the face of musical theatre.
Their first collaboration, Oklahoma!, was the first of a new
genre, the musical play, which combined Rodgers musical
comedy sensibilities with Hammersteins operetta. The milestone
was followed by Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and
I, The Sound of Music, and more. Collectively, the Rodgers and
Hammerstein musicals earned 34 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards,
two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards.
"We have a phenomenal
group of performers and artistic staff on this production,"
said Guaraldi. "Lynne Wieneke starred in the Broadway revival
of Oklahoma! and our musical director, Eric Tucker, is an unforgettable
baritone and a wonderful teacher."
A Grand Night for
Singing features Don Fierro, Nathaniel Hackman, Cathy Miller
and Lynn Wieneke. Wieneke has sung professionally all around
the world, and starred as Laurie in the Broadway revival of
Oklahoma!. Miller, a familiar singer to Sedonans (with a fantastic
voice), lists among her credits My Fair Lady, La Boheme and
Madam Butterfly. Hackman, from Phoenix, is a vocal performance
major at Northern Arizona University, and has sung in many styles.
Fierro is a recent Sedona resident by way of Hollywood, where
he worked behind the scenes in advertising and for the Fox Family
A Grand Night for Singing. A writer, teacher and producer, she
has directed at regional theatres around the country. Guaraldi
has worked with Horton Foote, Roddy MacDowell, Jon Cypher and
Amanda Plummer. Recent directing credits include OCTC hit shows
Always...Patsy Cline and Forever Plaid.
A Grand Night for
Singing Musical Director Eric Tucker is the most recent addition
to the NAU vocal performance staff, and most recently performed
as a soloist with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestras Pops
at Poco. Choreographer Celeste Headlee is an announcer for KNAU
and was recently seen in OCTCs production of Sanders Family
Christmas. Accompanist Rebecca Cauthen teaches piano and accompanies
professionally, and worked with OCTC last on Forever Plaid.
Set designer Tim Bryson is on the NAU theatre faculty, and worked
with OCTC on their productions of The Dining Room and Sanders
Family Christmas. Professional lighting designer Edwin Nagy
rejoins OCTC for A Grand Night for Singing.
be any more delighted to begin our third season," says
Guaraldi. "The support of the community has been immeasurably
important as bit by bit we grow and expand." Following
A Grand Night for Singing, OCTCs third season continues
with Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown in December, Later
Life in February, and The Foreigner in April.
"We are looking
for a new home," said Guaraldi. "After this season,
the Arts Center will be moving to a new location. This is an
exciting time for us, and now more than ever we will rely on
our communitys support."
Show times are 7:30
p.m. Wednesdays Saturdays, with 2:00 p.m. matinees on
Sundays. General admission to A Grand Night for Singing is $15,
with a $12 price available to members of SAC and a $9 price
for full-time students. Group rates are available, call for
Tickets can be purchased
on line at OCTCs secure website, www.sedonaartscenter.com/OCTC,
locally by phone at 520.282.3809, or toll-free at 888.954.4442.
Tickets are also available at OCTC outlets: Rycus Corners,
Sedona Art Supplies, Sedona Arts Center Gallery and Gift Shop,
Sedona Chamber of Commerce and the Tlaquepaque Information Booth.
All Wednesday night
performances are $10 with a donation of non-perishable food
items, based on seating availability. Sundays feature the popular
"Curtain Call" program, a post-show discussion with
the actors and director of the production. Dont miss this
behind-the-scenes peek into the world of professional theatre.