Theatre
6:52 am
Mon September 9, 2013

It's A Witch's Night Off For Oklahomans In Wicked Cast

The touring cast of the Broadway show, Wicked, is performing in Oklahoma City through Sept. 22. But Monday night the cast won’t be performing the music from the blockbuster musical, instead the audience will see and hear a revue of some of the performers’ favorite songs and set pieces presented for a good cause.

Joel Ingram and Jillian Kates
Joel Ingram and Jillian Kates

It’s a Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS performance that not only benefits the traditional AIDS and HIV charities, but also supports the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre and Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s recovery project helping victims of last spring’s tornadoes.

For two of the producers of the show, Wicked’s Witch’s Night Off, the benefit not only hits close to home, it is close to home.

Jillian Kates grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from the Classen School of Advanced Studies. Joel Ingram graduated from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City and the University of Oklahoma.

For City Rep’s Artistic Director Don Jordan, this is the second time his company has been involved in supporting tornado relief efforts since the actors and audience had to take shelter during a performance of Greater Tuna this spring.

For Kates and Ingram, returning home in one of the most popular musicals ever doesn’t mean as much as giving back to a community in need.

The unique Monday evening performance is in the 250–seat Freede Little Theatre, which means the “cheap seats” are closer than the premium spots during a performance in the larger Civic Center Music Hall.

The benefit also includes an auction with backstage tours and an onstage cameo for the highest bidders.

Details on the times and tickets are available in the Events section of kgou.org.

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