Oklahoma City University News
High-Energy Dances Return to the OCU Stage for Annual Spring Show
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company will bring two dozen high-energy tap, jazz and music theatre numbers to the stage next month in a rapid-fire revue of American dance styles during its wildly-popular Spring Show.
“If you blink you’ll miss something,” warns Director Jo Rowan. “This will be our fastest-paced show of the year. This is your chance to see many styles of American dance from Hollywood to Broadway celebrated by our professionally competitive performers.”
The show opens March 11 and continues through March 13 in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium inside OCU’s Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at N.W. 25th St. and Blackwelder.
The show will include the musical theatre dances “Liza with a Z – Say Liza” and “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore.”
The first is a tribute to an icon.
“A stage full of Liza Minelli look-alikes lament over the mispronunciation of the name that has been synonymous with musical theatre for the past 50-plus years,” said OCU choreographer Brian J. Marcum.
The latter is about a performer from small-town Oklahoma who hits it big in New York.
“Even though all the glitz and glamour is great, you realize ‘I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore,’” Marcum said.
Other fun numbers include “Life in Technicolor,” “Chicago Shake,” “Swing” and “Five Guys Named Moe” with taps and tricks in comedic tone.
“Sing, Sing, Sing” will pay tribute to Jack Cole, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelley when dancers take the stage for this Benny Goodman classic.
A line of Marilyn Monroe look-alikes will pay tribute to the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood in “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Shaking things up a bit will be the tap number “Shake Dem Bones” where live skeletons play the bones with a couple who happens to be walking in the graveyard late at night.
The audience will also get a patriotic treat in “America the Beautiful,” a loving tribute to the land and its people.
“Ballerinas dressed in red, white and blue will express their appreciation for life in this amazing country of ‘spacious skies and purple mountain majesties,’” Rowan said.
Show times are 8 p.m. March 11, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. March 13. Tickets are $16 each and can be purchased by calling (405) 208-5227.