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June 13, 2014

Lyric stages ‘Under the Sea’ spectacular

OKLA. CITY — Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma goes “under the sea” this July, when they will stage “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” based on the classic Disney film of the same name. Running July 8 through 12 at the Civic Center Music Hall, this family favorite includes performances from Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner, Broadway’s Amanda Lea LaVergne, and frequent Lyric performers Monte Riegel Wheeler, Jamard Richardson, and Matthew Alvin Brown. Lyn Cramer will direct, with choreography by Brian J Marcum.

“From its soaring melodies, clever lyrics, and fairytale charm, I’m so happy to have Lyn Cramer direct this live Broadway version of the classic fish tale. I’m also thrilled that Tony nominee Emily Skinner is joining us as the deliciously evil sea witch, Ursula. I heard her sing the classic diva song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” years ago and always hoped one day she’s join us live to play the role,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s artistic director. “It’s a perfect show for the entire family.”

The creative team includes lighting design by Helena Kuukka, sound design by Toby Algya, and hair design by Cindy Ludwig of Elsen Associates. Music direction is by Michael Lavine and Jeffrey Scott Cochran will stage manage.

Tickets to all of Lyric’s 2014 shows are now on sale. To buy tickets, visit Lyric’s box office at 1727 N.W. 16th St., call 524-9312 or visit LyricTheatreOKC.com. Performances will be held at the Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Lyric’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, The Chickasaw Nation, The Oklahoman, Access Midstream, AT&T, Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, BancFirst, Aubrey and Katie McClendon, and Oklahoma Natural Gas. Annual support is provided by Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation and Oklahoma Arts Council.

Founded in 1963, Lyric is Oklahoma’s leading professional theatre company. For over 50 years, Lyric has produced classic and contemporary musicals and plays featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites. Lyric produces four large-scale, fully orchestrated musicals at the Civic Center Music Hall each summer, as well as four smaller works at the Plaza Theatre during the spring, fall and winter. Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is a professional training ground for students ages 5-18 offering classes in all aspects of musical theatre. Academy students have the opportunity to perform in two full-scale productions each year on the Plaza Theatre stage. For more information visit LyricTheatreOKC.com.

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