SNEAK PEEK: LOOK kicked off its 2006 season with an announcement party at Pomodori’s on April 23. Getting a a sneak peek at the upcoming season are Eric Gibson, LOOK artistic director; Jenna Harris and Kyle Dougan, apprentices from the University of Tulsa; and Al Hashemi, owner of Pomodori’s in downtown Tulsa.
Courtesy MARTHA CULLINAN CANTRELL
This year the Light Opera Oklahoma season promises to be an exotic experience with the beauty of the south Pacific, the wonders of Spain and the magic of love potions as LOOK presents three provocative shows in the summer festival.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway blockbuster South Pacific will open June 16 in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa PAC . Perhaps no musical tackles the issue of race relations more successfully with its two plots involving love and prejudice. South Pacific has stood the test of time both with the beauty and richness of the music and the significance of the storyline. The list of popular tunes – “There is Nothing Like A Dame,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Honey Bun” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” – will leave your heart singing.
Gilbert & Sullivan’s first full length operetta, The Sorcerer, opens in Bartlesville at OK Mozart June 10 and at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Williams Theatre on June 23. The Sorcerer, or The Wizard of Love, is a story about a young bridegroom’s desire for the entire village to be as happy as he is on the day of his wedding. The local “Love Doctor” provides a magic potion to all the wedding guests but the plan goes afoul when everyone falls in love with the wrong person and chaos ensues.
Experience the exotic world of zarzuela when LOOK introduces The Little Barber of Lavapies (pronounced la-va-pee-ACE). A unique and exciting new musical venue, the zarzuela is presented with the music sung in Spanish with English subtitles and spoken dialogue in English. The zarzuela was popularized in this country by classical music superstar Placido Domingo. Also in the Williams Theatre, The Little Barber of Lavapies opens July 7.
Three Cabaret Concerts will round out the season this year with members of the LOOK Company performing witty and entertaining music in “The Alley Cats,” “Misunderstood” and “Finding the Right Dress.” All three Cabarets will provide great evenings of wine and music at the intimate Norman Theatre at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for the party are $35 and may be reserved by calling the LOOK office at 583.4267. Season and individual performance tickets will be available starting May 1 at the LOOK office or
on-line at www.lightoperaok.org and www.myticketoffice.com.