The Oklahoma State University theater department is donating the proceeds from its final performance this year, Man of La Mancha, to Stillwater Public Schools. Performances will be in the Vivia Locke Theatre of the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The show will be held April 23 through April 26 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee April 27 at 2:30 p.m. Andrew Kimbrough, head of the department, tells more about the fundraiser and Man of La Mancha.
Note: While Man of La Mancha is a musical with a positive theme, it is set in a dungeon and has stage violence. The production is not suitable for young children.
1 Why are ticket proceeds being donated to Stillwater Public Schools?
Everyone is aware that the schools are taking a $1.5 million budget cut. Here at OSU Theater we care about the kids and the community, and we wanted to respond in a tangible way. We also want to invite the entire community to participate. By buying a ticket to the show, Stillwater residents can show they care too.
2 How did you come up with the idea to do this?
On a personal level, I have two kids in Stillwater schools and my first thought, when I saw the budget cut, was “How can OSU Theater help?” Donating ticket sales seemed like the best way to optimize the amount of the donation – and I wanted both the giver and the receiver to benefit.
3 What will the money help Stillwater schools with?
School Superintendent Dr. Ann Caine would like to see the donation go towards shoring up fine arts programming in the schools. The junior high and middle sschool offer drama, so the funds from this donation are specifically going to help in those programs. So if students from those two schools come to your door offering to sell you a ticket, please be generous.
4 What is Man of La Mancha about?
It’s based both on the novel Don Quixote and the life of its swashbuckling author Miguel Cervantes. It’s set in a dungeon during the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes is a prisoner, and he acts out Don Quixote’s story as a way to prove his innocence to his fellow prisoners. The memorable song “Dream the Impossible Dream” is from this musical.
5 How much are tickets and how can they be purchased?
Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for students and seniors, but we ask everyone to spend $15 so $5 can go to the schools. Call 744-6094 to reserve or buy a ticket. Information is on the website: theatre.okstate.edu. Staff at the junior high and middle school also have tickets for sale.