OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy will present its 2010 fall semester productions on November 11, 12, 13, November 19 and 20 and November 21 on the stage of Lyric’s Plaza Theatre on 16th Street. 


The Thelma Gaylord Academy’s 27 junior high and high school students in grades 8 through 12 will present four performances of Bye Bye Birdie. This 1960’s musical tells the story of rock and roll star, Conrad Birdie, who’s been drafted to the army.  As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson’s “One Last Kiss” and kiss a girl form Sweet Apple, Ohio live on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Meanwhile, Rosie wonders if Albert, for whom she does everything, will ever leave his mother’s shadow.  You will enjoy songs like, “Put On a Happy Face,” Kids,” and “The Telephone Hour.”   Bye Bye Birdie is directed and choreographed by Matthew Sipress, Lyric Theatre’s Company Manager, with music direction by Kevin Smith.  Performances will take place on Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Twenty-six students in grades two through seven will perform in Little Red: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood, an original musical written by Stephen Hilton, Lyric Theatre’s Director of Education.  A fresh take on an old tale, Little Red: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood is not only entertaining but also educational, mixing toe-tapping tunes with crazy characters and fun facts about Musical Theatre.  Little Red: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood is directed and choreographed by Lyric Theatre’s Director of Education, Stephen Hilton with the music direction of Kevin Smith.  Performances will take place on Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.    


Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy is always looking for fun new classes to get children and young adults interested in the performing arts.  This fall semester, The Thelma Gaylord Academy added RoKademY to its lineup of great classes for students ages 12 and up. Under the direction of rock composer, performer and musician Matthew Alvin Brown, these students will create their own “Rock Musical” to be performed at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre on Sunday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m.


All together, over 60 students from across the metro will sing, dance, and entertain, putting into practice the training they have received in the Academy’s Musical Theatre Production class. A Lyric Academy show provides a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy an afternoon or evening at the Plaza Theatre while supporting the talents and efforts of Oklahoma’s youngest artists. Show tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door for all ages.  Call (405) 524-9312 or visit www.LyricTheatreOKC.com.


The Thelma Gaylord Academy was founded in 2001 as the educational arm of Lyric Theatre 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. For more information on the Thelma Gaylord Academy, please call Robert Matson at (405) 524-9310.



Cristen Wolfe

Public Relations Manager

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Inc.

1727 NW 16th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Phone: (405) 524-9310

Fax: (405) 524-9316