CHICKASHA - Rehearsals for the world premiere production of “Te Ata,” by JudyLee Oliva, are underway at the University of Science and Arts. The off-Broadway play with music runs Aug. 5-13 in the newly renovated and renamed Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at USAO. From left are Katie Barton of Norman, Donna Brooks of New York (back), DeLanna Studi of Los Angeles (front), Robert Cheadle of Ada, Nancy Goate of Oklahoma City, Scott Stoney of Dayton, Ohio, Brandon Blankenship of Ada and Julie Ray Burwell of Ada. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (405) 574-1213. More information about “Te Ata” is available online at www.TeAtaWorldPremiere.com
CHICKASHA – At the heart of the University of Science and Arts campus stands Troutt Hall, the building that began the rich history of Oklahoma’s only public liberal arts university. And nearly 100 years after its construction, its auditorium is getting an extreme makeover.
Built in 1926 as an addition to the original building, Troutt Hall Auditorium has been home to commencement ceremonies for 80 years. This spring, remodeling forced commencement outdoors, the first outdoor ceremony on the campus in almost 50 years.
CHICKASHA – Native American storytelling, Chinese acrobats and futuristic classical music are just a few of the exciting acts scheduled for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts. The sixth season begins in August and ends in February. Season tickets go on sale July 28 at the USAO box office or by phone at (405) 574-1213.
Art professors step in front of the easel and behind the camera for a new art show July 17-28 at the University of Science and Arts. The new art show gives students and visitors a chance to see what happens with art professors outside of the classroom.
Located on the third floor of Davis Hall on the USAO campus, the show features selections by five art professors using multiple media forms.
Jacquelyn Knapp, assistant professor of art, is showing a number of her drawings and sculptures.
Gracemont artist and guest USAO Art Gallery curator Carol Whitney (left) is one of 12 Native artists on display for USAO’s upcoming Native American Women art exhibit. The art show runs Aug. 5 – Sept. 1 in conjunction with the “Te Ata” world premiere production and is open to the public. She is assisted by senior photography senior Angela Moore from Rush Springs
CHICKASHA – Coinciding with the theatrical world premiere of “Te Ata” the University of Science and Arts is hosting a unique Native American art exhibit that will bring to life the “real world” experience of the American Indian woman.
The opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Davis Hall Art Gallery. “Te Ata” premieres later that night at 7:30.
U.S. Congressman Tom Cole joined Gov. Brad Henry and a host of state and tribal dignitaries on Wednesday to honor the memory and legacy of one of Oklahoma’s most notable historical figures – and the story of her life. Native Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Fisher (1895-1995) toured nationally and overseas as a solo performer for more than 70 years. Eleven years after her death, the story of her life is coming to the stage.