Monthly Archives: August 2012
After all the buildup, we are finally here tonight — The Odd Couple opens, kicking off our 90th season!
Showtime is at 8 p.m. in the Liddy Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
It’s not too late to order your tickets.
Theatre Tulsa donors: If you attend tonight, you are also invited to join our Opening Night afterparty with the cast.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 90th Anniversary Party last night. The music, food and drinks were excellent. It was so great to see all the people involved with Theatre Tulsa’s past and present (and future).
Our office manager, Sally, was talking to a Theatre Tulsa supporter on the phone the other day. She was recalling her experience performing in TT’s “My Fair Lady” in 1980. She said it was “the time in her life when she felt the most elegant.” This gives me sweet chills.
Elegance. What a luxury to feel elegant in this world! Right? How lucky are we to experience the elegance of the theatre? Whether it’s dressing up to attend a show with family and friends, having conversation and a cocktail after the show, taking the stage under the bright lights, or relishing in the laughter and applause and community we develop among audiences, actors, technicians and volunteers. There IS a certain elegance in the theatre – a joyful, unique, communal spirit that isn’t found anywhere else.
True, there is A LOT about theatre that is not elegant. I’m thinking of the paint, the nails, the needle pricks while sewing costumes, the “no’s” you get when asking for support, the “no’s” you get when auditioning, the paperwork, the fundraising, the picking up trash, the search for parking, the finishing the last light cue at 2:00 am after a 16 hour tech rehearsal… The list goes on.
But, at the center of it is delight, accomplishment, revelry, indulgence, suspension of disbelief, a journeying to other places only to find in two hours you are right back home, right where you belong. Theatre takes us, in so many ways, beyond ourselves. Think of how many people across the world NEVER get to experience any of this through the art of the theatre. And never will.
We are lucky. For 90 years, ups and downs, Tulsans have had an opportunity for elegance in their backyard. What a legacy, what an accomplishment! This indeed something to celebrate! Cheers to 90 more elegant years for Theatre Tulsa!
If you’ve been around the Downtown, Cherry St. or Brookside areas recently, you may have seen our posters for our opening show “The Odd Couple.” It’s a bold new look for Theatre Tulsa.
We think they look pretty sharp. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Or in this case, the best deal on one of the finest entertainment lineups in town.
Ahem… The Odd Couple, Hamlet, Tuesdays with Morrie, Oliver!, Boeing-Boeing… need we say more?
Sign up for our Early Bird special and you can see them all for only $60. Sixty dollars! Where else can you get a year’s worth of high quality entertainment for such a valuable price?
But you have to act fast because this offer ends after Saturday, Sept. 1. To sign up, simply visit our Season Subscription page.
See you at the shows!