1727 NW 16th Street

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106





November 7, 2011                                                        CONTACT:  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       Cristen Shepherd, Public Relations Manager

Phone:  (405) 524-9310

Email: Cristen@LyricTheatreOKC.com


Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy Students Celebrate 10th Anniversary with CATS


What:  Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy Student Production of CATS

When:  November 17-19, 2011

Where:  Lyric’s Plaza Theatre; 1725 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK  73106

How:  For tickets call Lyric’s ticket office at (405) 524-912


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s Thelma Gaylord Academy students present CATS, a classic story of felines and fantasies.  Show dates for this 10 year anniversary celebratory production are November 17, 18 and 19 on Lyric’s Plaza Theatre stage. 

Since CATS first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals with a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Stephen Hilton, Lyric's Education Director and director of the academy’s production of CATS wanted to bring his favorite classic to the academy family, friends and fans.

"This will be the eighth show I've directed at the academy, and it is by far the one I am most excited about. Not only is CATS one of the most innovative and popular musicals of the past 30 years, it also has a personal connection for me,” says Hilton. “I am working to make every aspect of this show remarkable and memorable, for not only the audience, but for the students as well."

Performances  for Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy production of CATS are November 17 at 7:00 pm, November 18 at 7:00pm and November 19 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.

Tickets  for Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy's production of CATS are now on sale. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show.  To get your tickets call (405) 524-9312.

The Thelma Gaylord Academy was founded in 2001 as the educational arm of Lyric and strives to give young people a professional musical theatre training that will benefit them in the future, either by preparing them for theatrical endeavors or simply by helping them build confidence in themselves, forge friendships, and have a great time doing something they enjoy.

Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is proudly sponsored by E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation , Chesapeake Energy, the Kerr Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Globe Life, Inasmuch Foundation, Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.


If you would like more information please email Cristen Shepherd at Cristen@LyricTheatreOKC.com or call Cristen at (405) 524-9310.