Lyric Theatre to host Plaza auditions

OCU students interested in regional theater opportunities outside the university can audition August 20 and 21 for The Rocky Horror Show, Always… Patsy Cline and Boeing Boeing at Lyric Theatre. Auditions only will be by appointment.

Auditions will be at the Lyric Production Center, 1801 NW 16th Street. Michael Baron, Lyric Theatre’s artistic director, will direct, The Rocky Horror Show, Always… Patsy Cline and Boeing Boeing. All roles will be cast at the auditions.

Persons auditioning for The Rocky Horror Show are asked to prepare 16 bars of a rock musical.

Those auditioning for Patsy in Always… Patsy Cline, are asked to prepare 16 bars of a country song. Persons auditioning for Patsy’s friend, Louise Seger, and/or Boeing Boeing, are asked to prepare a comic monologue not exceeding 90 seconds.

To schedule an audition time, call Matthew Sipress at 405-524-9310 starting August 2.

Students of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management are required to seek approval from dance department officials prior to committing to non-university related performances, according to the department’s standards and procedures.

Visit the Lyric Theatre website for more information about audition requirements.

Radio City Rockette encourages dancers to train during summer

Elizabeth Bork, Radio City Rockette

We’ve all heard the phrase: “Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.” It can be tempting for performing arts students to do this during the summer months. But not keeping in shape by actually being in the show or training can hinder your growth as a dancer.

Elizabeth Bork, Radio City Rockette, said not dancing or keeping in shape during the summer can cause dancers to take a few steps backward in their training.

“From experience, I know that it’s really hard to come back once you take a break,” she said. “If you don’t stay in shape during your break, you waste the first few months of your return trying to get back to where you left off before your break.”

Bork said during her off season, she likes to mix her training up.

“My workout of choice is running, but I also do a lot of swimming, kickboxing, cyclying, yoga, and pilates,” she said. “Although dance class, ballet in particular, is the thing that keeps me in the best shape.”

Bork said keeping in shape is important to her because Radio City Rockettes are required to audition annually.

“There are no guarantees,” she said. “Which makes every woman so grateful and appreciative for their jobs.”

Students who make specific dance levels at the end of a semester at OCU also are not guaranteed to be placed in the level the following semester. Dance performance seniors also must meet the dance department’s dance level requirements before applying for graduation. Not keeping in shape during the summer can be a factor in dancers not progressing  or moving down in their levels.

Ali Boolani, adjunct faculty/strength coach, said the biggest misconception regarding fitness is that workouts of longer duration result in losing more weight.

“Quality is better than quantity,” he said.

Boolani offers fitness tips for dancers in this video:

For specific cardiovascular and strength exercise ideas, visit Dance Spirit’s fitness article page.

To see what some performing arts majors are doing during the summer, click here.