Alicia Witt had never even been to Oklahoma before she filmed the movie “Cowgirls N' Angels” in Stillwater last spring.
A year later, the coming-of-age rodeo drama is playing in Oklahoma and regional movie theaters, and the actress/musician is making a pilgrimage back to the Sooner State to play her second show at the Blue Door.
“I really liked it. I especially liked the people that I met. I thought they were some of the nicest people I'd ever met,” Witt said of her Oklahoma experience. “I was really impressed with Stillwater. It's such a small town in some ways but it also just seemed really open and really welcoming and I liked it so much. And then I only came to Oklahoma City the one day that I had my show. But I'm really looking forward to coming back. This time I'll be there for a little tiny bit longer, like the whole day before my show, and I'm looking forward to just walking around a little.”
On Sunday night, Witt will share the bill at the Blue Door with fellow singer/songwriter/pianist Maggie McClure. McClure, who hails from Norman but now lives in Los Angeles, contributed her uplifting anthem “Good Morning and Good Night” to the “Cowgirls N' Angels” soundtrack and opening credits.
Sunday's show will mark the second time that Witt and McClure have played on the same bill. Both performed at the after-party for the “Cowgirls N' Angels” world premiere in April.
“She's a really awesome person, really, really nice, and we just hit it off,” McClure said. “It's gonna be a really fun night all about the songs. I think it's gonna be really special.”
Witt, 36, has been performing since 1984, when she made her film debut at the age of 8 in director David Lynch's sci-fi epic “Dune.” The Massachusetts native received her high school diploma at the age of 14 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Once she arrived in Hollywood, the acclaimed filmmaker cast her in a small role in his Emmy Award-winning cult classic television series “Twin Peaks”; not only was the part written specifically for her, but Lynch also used it as a chance to showcase her skills as a classically trained pianist. Lynch also cast her in his HBO trilogy “Hotel Room,” in which she played a young woman with multiple personality disorder.
In 1994, Witt landed her first lead role in a film as a mentally disturbed teenager in “Fun,” earning special jury recognition at the Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Her subsequent film credits include “88 Minutes,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “The Upside of Anger,” “Last Holiday” “Vanilla Sky,” “Citizen Ruth” and “Mr. Holland's Opus.” She also regularly appeared on the TV series “Friday Night Lights,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Cybill.”
In “Cowgirls N' Angels,” Witt plays Elaine Clayton, a hardworking single mom in a small Oklahoma town. Although her dad was a rodeo legend, she refuses to let her feisty daughter Ida (Bailee Madison) have anything to do with that world since the girl's father was a rodeo rider. But the intrepid Ida longs to meet her dad, so while her mother is at work, she ventures out to the local arena to scour the rodeo ranks for her daddy. Instead, Ida meets grandfatherly rodeo legend Terence Parker (Oscar nominee James Cromwell), who leads a female trick rider team called the Sweethearts of the Rodeo and offers to train the girl to ride.