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USAO students to bring life-changing decisions to the stage: 'Songs for a New World' to run April 12-13

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CHICKASHA — University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma students will perform Jason Robert Brown’s musical “Songs for a New World” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Davis Hall Little Theatre.

Featuring two music majors, the rest of the show’s 18-person cast and 25-person crew comprises students majoring in theater, English, communication, psychology and natural science. Brian Coburn, facilities manager and a USAO alumnus, provides the only professional staff support to a team of students working as master electrician, costumers, sound designer, props master and set crews.

Bringing over three decades of experience as a teacher and designer in Oklahoma City to USAO, Tom Harrington, adjunct instructor of design and technical director, serves as lighting and scene designer. Under the direction of Jan Hanson, professor of music, USAO alumna and pianist Rhenada Finch, student Jacob Blue and musicians from the community form the live band for the show.

“Using the implied characters and themes of this concept musical, we crafted two main stories featuring characters facing life-changing decisions and whose lives also impact each other,” said Katie Davis, professor of theater arts and production director. “These stories, political and personal, span more than 250 years of our country’s history. The company represents the goals and conflicts of the American Dream: economic success, acceptance and civil rights, love and trust in relationships.”

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, contact Davis at 405-574-1310 or kdavis@usao.edu.

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