Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: Performance Previews

Sep 12, 2013

This week’s OneSix8 brings performances of three different kinds: some State Fair entertainment, a classic Shakespearean work, and a 1939 comedic play. 

Disney on Ice comes to the Oklahoma State Fair September 12-22.
Credit HarshLight / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma State Fair returns to Oklahoma City beginning this Thursday with opening ceremonies at 5:00 p.m. The annual event includes the classic fair food, carnival rides and wacky reptile exhibits, but the State Fair also brings a team of talented performers to entertain attendees.

This year’s fair features the Disney on Ice performance “Rockin’ Ever After.” Audience members can watch characters from Disney movies such as “Brave,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” as they sing and skate across the ice. The Entertainment Plaza also hosts nightly performances by musicians such as Randy Houser, Jerrod Neimann and Diana Reyes. Activities continue through September 22. 

Entertainment of a different kind also shows up in Oklahoma City this week. Shakespeare in the Park debuts the last show in its summer 2013 series September 12 with “King Lear.”  This iconic tragedy follows a king who bequeaths his estate to two of his three daughters. Lear must learn how to navigate his duties as the king and as a father.

The 17th century Shakespearean play is known for its commentary of loyalty, betrayal, and the inevitability of life ending. Shakespeare in the Park brings “King Lear” to the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water State through September 28.

And if 17th century tragedies are too heavy for your week, Jewel Box Theatre’s 56th season opener “The Philadelphia Story” closes September 15. The original 1939 Philip Barry comedy centers on Tracy Lord’s second wedding. Things go terribly wrong when her first husband shows up at the ceremony with an attractive journalist sent to cover the socialite’s marriage.  

Jewel Box Theatre offers its rendition of “The Philadelphia Story” Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Other events taking place this week include:

The 99th annual Rogers County Fair takes over Claremore’s Expo Center September 12-14. A fireworks show takes place Thursday night at 9:00.

The Ballet Flamenco Español Folklorico Dance Company tours various Metropolitan Libraries throughout September as part of Hispanic Heritage month. The dancers come to the Midwest City Library September 14.

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble opens its season with “Souvenirs of an Archduke” September 16 and 17. Performances occur at All Souls’ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.

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