Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Spotlight is on: Elizabeth Ashton Wythe

Ann Lacy School graduate Elizabeth Ashton Wythe (2009) has accepted a position managing the ticketing system for the Minnesota Twins professional baseball club. This job will include the creation and maintenance of all events and reports for Twins home games and concerts at Target Field in Minneapolis. The position also includes on-site technical support and management of multiple ticketing projects such as season ticket renewal, season ticket printing, customer invoicing and single game ticket sales.

Elizabeth’s prior credits include: Theatre Event Planner and Assistant Theatre Manager at The Classic Center in Athens, GA, and House Manager at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We've certainly had a busy last few weeks here at the Ann Lacy School! With load-in, tech, and production of the Spring Show, departure of students across the US for Spring Break, and Spring Audition Day, the Gaylord Center has been abuzz with activity! 
This year's Spring Show was a splendid achievement. With numbers ranging from fierce rhythm tap and Spanish-inspired jazz to heartfelt ballet sequences and a West Side Story suite, the audiences' energetic reactions and overwhelming social media support proved to make this year's production successful. With a wonderful production crew and talented company of dancers, the Ann Lacy School pulled together as a family for a successfulshow. 
Shortly after the show ended on Saturday evening, students began travelling across the US for Spring Break adventures. Many Ann Lacy students traveled to New York City for the renowned OCUNYC program, taking classes from a star-studded group of managers, casting directors, choreographers, and vocal coaches. Hosted by OCU and made possible gifts from Ann Lacy, this program allows students to take an insider's view of what life in the Big Apple might be like after graduation. Taking classes from these professionals, they are given a chance to hone their skills and take away valuable advice as part of their well-rounded education. 
Junior dance performance major Melody Riley stated that her favorite part about OCUNYC this year was the Headshot Forum: "We got individual attention, focusing on what was good and what we could improve in our headshots, and we were able to connect with OCU alums on a personal level. I also loved the 'All About Commercials' class where we got to pretend we were being cast in a commercial! It really helped me understand what casting directors might be looking for in a commercial call."
As students began classes again after Spring Break, preparations for the Spring Dance Admission and Scholarship Audition Day began. This past weekend, we were excited to host many potential students for the audition, and it was an exciting reminder of the new faces we might be seeing in the fall!

Coming up this week is a Moving Light Board Experience for interested students, providing an extracurricular opportunity to learn about a professional moving light system! Check back for an update next week!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interested in what our Ann Lacy school students pursue after graduation, dancing their dreams in venues from cruise ships to the Great White Way? Well this weekend, senior students will be auditioning for both The Muny and Stiletto Entertainment! 
Stiletto will be making a special visit to OCU for an in-house audition, and many students are traveling to St. Louis for auditions at The Muny. This jam-packed weekend is an example of the many opportunities students pursue during their final year at OCU. With almost four years of training under their belts, students plan auditions into every nook and cranny of their schedules and use the skills they have learned to gain employment.
There will be many more audition opportunities throughout the semester, but for today we say 'Break A Leg' to all those auditioning this weekend!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A cold front has certainly moved through Oklahoma this week as students bundle up to walk across campus for their activities, but rehearsals and classes in the Gaylord Center are busier than ever! The American Spirit Dance Company members continue to learn and perfect new pieces for the Spring Show, and tap, jazz, and ballet classes remain centers of activity. 
On Thursday, January 23rd, the PEP Dancers entertained the crowd at the OCU basketball game. Performing at half-time and time-outs, these dancers are always a joy to watch and bring their energy and pizazz to the court! Next week on Wednesday night, the Spirit of Grace liturgical dancers will have their first rehearsal to learn choreography for events throughout the semester. These are sure to include chapel services and the Relay for Life Survivor's dinner among many others. 
This past Saturday, several high school students joined the OCU dance faculty for a fun day of classes at the High School Dance Intensive. Each year, this event gives prospective students a chance to take class with the faculty here at the Ann Lacy school, see the magnificent facilities, and experience what a day of dance classes as an OCU student might look like! We were thrilled to have these students with us, and look forward to seeing many other prospective students' faces at the Spring Audition Day!
And finally, many dancers from the Ann Lacy School participated in auditions last week for the main stage musical "South Pacific," which will be presented at OCU this spring. Each semester, dancers have an opportunity to audition for and participate in these productions in conjunction with the Wanda Bass School of Music, and this semester's show is sure to be another hit. Tickets for the show can be bought online through the OCU box office or at the ticket office window in the Gaylord Center.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This past Friday at the Ann Lacy School, students were treated to an afternoon with a very special visitor: John O'Hurley! An actor, voice actor, television star, O'Hurley is most famous for his roles as J. Peterman on Seinfeld and host of the television game show Family Feud. He has also appeared on Dancing With the Stars, Broadway and the National Tour of Chicago as Billy Flynn, and many other productions. 
While in Oklahoma City for the National Tour of Chicago, O'Hurley lent his wisdom and expertise to the OCU student audience and shared advice with aspiring entertainers. Students were free to ask him questions in the forum-type format, and his energy and enthusiasm filled the room where faculty and students alike gathered. 
This unique and special visit is yet another example of the opportunities presented to dance and arts management students throughout the year. A "Q & A" session with a Broadway and television star, from the comfort of the Gaylord Center, certainly adds to the depth of experiences and education students receive throughout their four years at OCU.
Check out the photo below to see Mr. O'Hurley with our very own OCU dance and arts management Chairman Jo Rowan! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

As Christmas break has come to a close, the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management is back in full swing! In this first few days alone we have held American Spirit Dance Company auditions, jazz, tap and ballet leveling, and four days of classes as students busily travel around campus! 
Rehearsals for the highly anticipated Spring Show begin this week as choreographers and dancers prepare for the show. Auditions were also held for the PEP dancers and Spirit of Grace Liturgical dancers, who will begin rehearsals promptly as well. The spring semester is always full of exciting performance opportunities with the American Spirit Dance Company Spring Show, Relay for Life, basketball games, and spring musical at the theater school. Performers and audience members alike are sure to enjoy these opportunities! 
Check back next week for an update on our special event happening this Friday. John O'Hurley is sharing his wisdom and experience with students and faculty alike and coming to talk at the Ann Lacy School! We're excited to have Mr. O'Hurley with us and can't wait for Friday afternoon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The temperature has dropped in Oklahoma City, and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! It's also beginning to sound a lot like Christmas as costume runs and rehearsals continue in the Gaylord Center for the Home for the Holidays Christmas Show! This week, members of the American Spirit Dance Company have danced in costume runs for the 1st and 2nd acts of the show, and management students have been prepping all of the technical elements for load-in on Monday morning. The buzz of activity in preparing for the show is certainly evident, and in only 3 weeks the magic will come alive onstage! 

Buy your tickets today for the show at the OCU box office or online through the link below: 

You don't want to miss out on the fun-- reserve your seat today and make the American Spirit Dance Company part of your holiday tradition! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

This past week at the Ann Lacy School, Student's of Arts Management (SAM) was pleased to host Kristy Blosch, Event Coordinator for Allied Arts of OKC, for a speaker meeting! Students who attended were able to learn about future career possibilities through Blosch's discussion and were presented with yet another one of the various career tracks for arts managers. 
One of the school's extracurricular performance groups, the PEP dancers, also performed this week at the Saturday afternoon homecoming basketball game. With a "Great Gatsby" theme, the group of dancers presented a high-energy, jazz and hip-hop piece for all attendees of the game. The group also performed on October 24th for the campus-wide homecoming kick-off, with another "Gatsby" number, and, as always, received copious amounts of applause from students and faculty in attendance! As a special treat, the dancers also helped Ann Lacy School Chairman Jo Rowan teach a dance to accompany the OCU Alma Mater during the kick-off. Students and faculty present at the kick-off were thrilled to learn the dance taught by Rowan, and laughter abounded in the spirit of homecoming and campus unity! 
The American Spirit Dance Company continues rehearsals this week in preparation for the "Home for the Holidays" Christmas show. Tickets are on sale now for the show and can be purchased at the OCU Box Office or online through the link below: 
Be sure to buy your tickets today so that you don't miss out on the magic!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Showtime is almost here... and the production staff for the 2013 Home for the Holidays show has their first production meeting today! At 4:00 this afternoon, students will officially begin their management and production roles, helping to make yet another magical show this season. 

    Students have also begun preparing for the 2013 Early Decision Audition this Saturday, Oct. 26th. Management students help to make the day run smoothly as they assist with registration, measurements, and other logistics throughout the day, and Performance students serve as demonstrators for the various technique classes. Students and faculty are excited to see the prospective new students from across the country as they arrive at the Ann Lacy School for the annual fall audition day. 

    Check back next week to see the sparkly, zany costumes put together by our students for their ballet classes on October 31st. This dress-up day is a always a favorite among students and faculty, as students always come up with new, creative ideas for their costumes!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

After a restful fall break, the dance and arts management students have flooded the Gaylord Center again for the last half of the fall semester! It has been a busy past few weeks as the senior dance performance majors completed their capstone projects with the Student Choreography Show. With back-to-back shows this past Friday evening, the choreographers were able to see their creative visions come alive on the stage -- a culmination of countless hours of hard work that wowed the audience. This show is always a campus favorite and certainly did not disappoint this year! The picture below shows all of the choreographers in their bows costumes for the show. You'll notice that they each match the "theme" of their dance and certainly bring creativity, glitz, and glam to the stage for their moment of applause! 
                Even as the last of the lights and power cables were loaded-out of Kirkpatrick for the choreography show, faculty and students are gearing up for the 2013 Home For The Holidays show featuring the American Spirit Dance Company. With run-throughs of the show beginning October 28th, the production staff, choreographers, and dancers are rehearsing, making props, preparing equipment, and fine-tuning costumes in preparation for the show. Tickets for this year's production are on sale through the OCU box office -- get yours today and make the American Spirit Dance Company part of your holiday experience! 
                Also, select members of the company will be performing at the Miss OCU pageant this Saturday, October 19th. This is just one of the many venues that the company performs at throughout the season, and provides another excellent performance opportunity for company members. 
                And finally, the Ann Lacy School will be holding their fall early decision audition on Saturday, October 26th. It's not too late to register -- follow the link below to reserve your spot. Auditioners will be able to see the American Spirit Dance Company as they perform to kick-off the day, and will participate in a variety of classes and a final solo performance to end the day. This early audition is always a wonderful opportunity for students to audition and make their college decisions before the spring-time. Visit the OKCU dance and arts management website for more information and to view the schedule for the day. To register online, follow the link below to our Eventbrite page and reserve your spot today.