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Lyric Theatre prepares to open its 50th anniversary season of musicals

Lyric Theatre celebrates a half century as a producer of high quality musical theater fare.
BY RICK ROGERS Published: June 9, 2013
/articleid/3842752/1/pictures/2122074">Photo - Heather Geery as Anna Leonowens in "The King and I." Photo by Keith Rinearson <strong>Photo by Keith Rinearson</strong>
Heather Geery as Anna Leonowens in "The King and I." Photo by Keith Rinearson Photo by Keith Rinearson

Baron added that having a healthy endowment has also helped Lyric through some difficult times.

“It's nice knowing we can fix a roof, pave a parking lot or keep the floors in our rehearsal hall pristine thanks to our endowment,” Baron explained. “I also have to give credit to Paula who has kept us sane and focused through both good and bad times.”

When planning Lyric's upcoming 50th anniversary season, Stover and artistic director Michael Baron decided to chronicle the theater's impressive history by assembling a video that featured comments from actors, staff and crew members.

“When our anniversary season was announced, we started hearing from people who said they were in the cast of some of the early shows or had been patrons for many years,” Stover said. “We ran across a lot of people that we didn't really know.

“We were able to interview many of those people and we ended up with a nice video that gives an accurate history of the theater. From that, we made shorter videos that we can use for education, development and our audiences.”

Between the matinee and evening productions of “The Will Rogers Follies” on July 27, former Lyric actors, staff members and crew are invited to have a group photo taken on the set of the Civic Center stage.

As Lyric looks forward to its next half century, Baron is optimistic about the theater's future, both from an economic and an artistic standpoint.

“One thing I want to do in the future is to keep better contact with our alumni and bring them back to Lyric,” Baron said. “Many have gone on to become national stars. For the Plaza, I want to keep doing new works along with productions that are better suited to a smaller venue.

“With every show we do, I think it's important to involve both the national and the Oklahoma community. We have a high level of talent available to us and we try to make sure every production looks and sounds as good as it can.”

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