Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Homegrown Heroes

Jul 17, 2013

There’s no place like home for the events featured on this week’s OneSix8. 

A'Mari Jo Rocheleau stars as Dotty in Carpenter Square Theatre's production of "Out of Sterno."
Credit Carpenter Square Theatre

Carpenter Square Theatre’s rendition of “Out of Sterno” closes this weekend. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s wacky comedy follows the extremely likable Dotty who lives in the town of Sterno. And when I say she lives there, I mean she never leaves.

Dotty's husband has forbidden her to leave the house. She spends her days watching and re-watching a videotape of her first meeting with her husband. She cleans, cooks, and waits for her less-than-faithful man to come home each night.

One day, Dotty receives a bizarre phone call that draws her out of her tiny apartment. What follows is an endearing and zany coming-of-age story as the heroine discovers what it means to be a real woman. Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00.

Another girl who ventures out of her hometown comes to Oklahoma City University’s campus this week in honor of the Children’s Theatre Festival. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Old MacDonald, and Rumpelstiltskin all make multiple appearances during this five-day marathon where kids can escape to other worlds.  

Shows continue through Sunday, and times vary based on the day. A complete listing of the times and specific locations can be found here.

And residents in Stratford, Oklahoma, are gearing up for Saturday’s Peach Festival. Billed as the Peach Capitol of Oklahoma, the city offers visitors the opportunity to taste ice cream, tea, and other foods inspired by the fuzzy fruit each year during this annual event.

The day kicks off at 6:30 a.m. with a 5K and 1 mile fun run (7:00 a.m. start) in the city’s park.  If you aren’t an early bird though, no worries. The festival’s welcome activities officially start at 9:00 a.m. A classic car show, live music by Overdrive, and children’s games continue throughout the day.

Other items of interest in the area this week:

The Wise Guys, and old-fashioned rock ‘n roll band, performs at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Friday at 8:00 p.m. for a tornado relief concert. Food trucks will be on site to provide sustenance throughout the evening.

Science Museum Oklahoma celebrates Apollo 11’s 44th anniversary this Saturday. “One Giant Leap” illustrator Mike Wimmer talks about man’s first moon landing. Other activities include sideshows where kids can test their lunar exploration skills. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

And Summerstock Productions and the University of Central Oklahoma debut their rendition of Kiss Me, Kate this weekend. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. 

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