Category Archives: President’s Blog
With the New Year just hours away, I’ve been reflecting. A lot. Jim Watts of the Tulsa World naming two of TT’s productions in his “A Dozen of the Most Memorable shows of 2014,” was such a wonderful vindication for a year of hard work, sweat, and tears by hundreds of people. We were so honored to be recognized.
For me, SO MUCH of the gratification in this job comes from the experiences we’ve created for our volunteers. Our friends, actually. On stage and off, these experiences have ranged from working with us, creating art, telling stories, lightening the load of life, to life-altering, spiritual experiences, changing their lives in ways that are as powerful as anything you’ll see on stage. Often, we hear from supporters saying “Thanks” for our work, and sharing stories of how a particular piece or experience touched them.
This is why we do what we do.
“Remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo
“You Will Hear The People Sing!” More than a tagline, this was our promise to the city of Tulsa as we set out to produce the musical masterpiece, Les Misérables!
After another great season, Theatre Tulsa is starting up the next one with basically no time off in between (we start rehearsals for Les Miserables tonight.) But before we do, I can’t help but settle into a long moment of happiness and satisfaction.
This past weekend, we closed Theatre Tulsa’s 91st season, just as we opened it on September 20th, 2013, with a sold-out house of 420 theatre fans of all ages cheering on one of the longest-lasting civic theatres in the nation. From Legally Blonde to The Sound of Music and every project in between, we made it!
This past weekend we closed out 91st season, and we’re not slowing down (Les Miserables rehearsals begin this week). We built a big, ambitious season and we’re grateful to all of you who supported us as audiences, performers and volunteers.
We’re especially glad to look back at the first and last performances we had this season and see the unwavering support that Tulsa has shown us. Here’s a couple of pics of the first show of our season (Legally Blonde: The Musical) followed by the last one (The Sound of Music), where we were thrilled to entertain sold-out crowds at the Williams theatre:
Thank you, Tulsa audiences. Keep staying with us as we get bigger and better!
No doubt that you’ve seen that theatre is in the local news – with budget cuts looming to the Tulsa PAC and Henthorne Performing Arts Center.
This issue raises an important questions we should all be asking ourselves right now…
Why do we support theatre?
Theatre Tulsa is bringing Broadway Bootcamp back this summer – and we’ve made it better than ever!
Broadway Bootcamp gives young people the opportunity to learn about musical theatre in a fun, supportive environment – surrounded by friends and taught by a team of Tulsa’s most experienced, enthusiastic theatre directors and teachers.