OCAG to present Babes in Arms

Tuttle’s newest theatre organization is currently producing its first major musical and plans to start entertaining audiences next month.

Babes in Arms, a 1959 Broadway musical written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, will be performed at the Tuttle Opera House March 28-30 by members of the Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild.

The musical focuses on a group of summer stock actors who are overworked and underpaid. After their producer, Seymour Fleming (Ryan Mackey of Tuttle) pushes their show aside for a different production called The Deep North, they decide to put on their show in a barn.

Valantine White (Zac Housel of Edmond) is their ringleader, who forgets about his best girl Susie Ward (Tommie Littleton of Tuttle) for the "serious" actress Jennifer Owen (Bailey Stringer of Norman), who is in town for The Deep North.

Gus (Bryce Richardson of Tuttle) and Terry (Krislyn Gottman of Tuttle) are an on-again/off-again couple who get into trouble when Terry flirts with show producer Steve Edwards (Logan Johnson of Tuttle) in an attempt to get him to see their show only to catch him kissing Susie.

Bunny (Lindsey Phelps of Tuttle) is the director’s assistant who has found herself in her 20's and still not a "real" actress.

In the end, the show is a success, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Other lead characters in the show include Lee Calhoun (Jeff Moody of Yukon), the director, writer, and star of The Deep North, and Phyllis Owen, Jennifer’s stage mother (Jessica Howard of Tuttle).

Rounding out the cast is the Press Agent (Kevin Gottman of Tuttle) and the apprentices, including Peter (Antonio Gloria of Mustang), Libby (Taryn Hill of Tuttle), Nancy (Jessica House of Tuttle) Betty (Taylor Sparks of Tuttle) and Jack (Chris Hill of Tuttle).

Popular songs in Babes in Arms include "My Funny Valentine," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "You’re Nearer," and "The Lady is a Tramp."

Marissa Pace Winkelman, instructor at the Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild, will be directing Babes in Arms.

There will be four performances, including 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30.

For advance ticket information, call Winkelman at 381-3388.

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