On the Town: Open Call for Oklahoma’s Next Singer

Lillie-Beth Brinkman

Oklahoma State is looking for its next state singer for a multi-year tourism campaign in a competition presented by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation in partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

The deadline for the open call for the next Oklahoma Singer is May 30. The winner will record a shortlisted song for the campaign and receive $10,000 in compensation. Contestants will record a segment of the song and then upload it to a private link.

For more information, go to okfilmmusic.org and access the competition information under “latest news“.

Looking for more talent

The 2022 Kelli O’Hara Awards will honor 20 talented high school performers and performers and announce acting, music and ensemble awards at an event Thursday.

OKC Broadway and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma will present the winners, sponsored by Paycom, live at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose State College’s Hudiburg Chevrolet Center. The event is free.

The outstanding actor finalists, listed with their high schools, are Psalm Ambos, Norman North; Gage Beam, Ada; Benjamin Bryant, Choctaw; Cade DeWitt, Elk City; Matthew Fowler, Bishop McGuinness; Owen Hatch, Edmond Memorial; Caden McKenna, Griffin Murra and Jerry Shottenkirk, all of Mustang; and Jared White, Bethany.

The Outstanding Actress finalists are: Murphy Carey, Mia Lashley, Edmond Memorial; Chloé Cariker, Bethany; Gabrielle Carlson, Lizzie Jones and Rebekah Peters, all of Ada; Rachael Mosshammer, McKinley Rowton, Choctaw; Kalie Sloan, Brimstone; and Hannah White, Elk City.

The top two winners will face off in New York at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards.

Finalists for Outstanding Ensemble Performance are Ada High School for “Pippin”, Bethany High School for “Bye Bye Birdie”, Edmond Memorial High School for “Anastasia”, and Mustang High School for “Something Rotten”. Finalists for Outstanding Musical Performance are Ada’s “Pippin”, Elk City High School’s “Newsies” and Mustang’s “Something Rotten”.

Stunning Show House

You have until Sunday to visit this year’s beautiful Symphony Show House in Edmond at 1124 Fairview Farm Rd. You’ll leave with some ideas for your own home as you browse 32 uniquely designed spaces, four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a upstairs balcony and rear pool and seating area.

I was able to visit it last week at the patronal feast of the friends of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, which organizes the Show House each year to benefit the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. The house is for sale and is presented this year in memory of longtime supporters Dr. Henry and Mrs. Josephine Freede.

In addition to Taylor, members of the Show House committee are J. Mark Taylor, chairman; Cindy Solomon, store staff; and Carole Doerner and Jennie Drake, designer sales staff and treasurers. Sponsors include gold patrons Dr. Margaret Freede and Glenna and Dick Tanenbaum; money patrons Lance and Cindy Ruffle; and bronze patrons June Tucker, Dr. Don and Elanor Whitsett and the Kerr Foundation.

Parking is easy at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church across the west from the neighborhood. A shuttle will take you to the front door of the Show House. For more information, visit okcphil.org.

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