Lyric named official state theater | Culture & Leisure

OKLAHOMA CITY – Lyric Theater has been named Oklahoma’s official state theater.

Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1385, authored by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd and House Majority Leader Jon Echols, granting honor to the flagship theater founded in 1963. The law comes into effect. effective November 1, 2022.

“Everyone at the Lyric Theater would like to thank Senator Floyd, Rep. Echols, Governor Stitt, and all of our state leaders for this honor and recognition,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s Artistic Director Producer. “Throughout Lyric’s history, we have strived to create professional live theater that brings people together to tell stories of hope, empathy, and foster conversation. We proudly claim that we are a part important part of the artistic and educational fabric of this great state and we will continue to reach out to create new partnerships with other community organizations and celebrate the diversity of its people.”

Lyric serves more than 100,000 people statewide each year and is the state’s largest live theater company, producing classic and contemporary plays and musicals on two stages, including the historic Plaza Theater and the majestic Civic Center Music Hall.

“The Lyric Theater is a vital part of this state’s cultural identity, and as a premier theater company, it also bolsters economic development efforts,” said Sen. Floyd, D-Oklahoma City. “Although based in Oklahoma City, Lyric Productions draws audiences from 305 cities and towns in Oklahoma, all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and Canada.”

Lyric’s leadership has received three Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards and the National Helen Hayes Award. The Lyric Theater production of “Oklahoma!” was proclaimed an official state production in 2015, and the Musical Interactive touring program travels to schools across the state to perform live to more than 45,000 students each year. The program, which began in 2007, is funded entirely by donors and provided free to all schools in Oklahoma. Lyric is home to Thelma Gaylord Academy, a premier professional performing arts training ground, which has graduated thousands of students since its inception in 2001. Over the past decade, Lyric has welcomed Tony winners to its stages. Award-winning Beth Leavel and Chita Rivera, Tony and Emmy winner Billy Porter, Tony nominees Emily Skinner and Dee Hoty and cheered on the talents of Broadway’s Six’s Adrianna Hicks and Ana Uzele, and cast member Sasha Hutchings original Hamilton cast. Lyric is especially proud to employ a robust and talented group of performers both on and off stage who call Oklahoma their home.

In 2023, Lyric will embark on a tour across the state of Oklahoma with live musical performances. Dates and locations will be announced this fall.

“We would like to thank the thousands of artists, staff, students and teachers of Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy, and the technicians who have worked at Lyric throughout its history to create meaningful theater to the standards of highest excellence,” said Baron. “We also want to thank current and past board members, sponsors, state agencies and philanthropic organizations for their continued support. Finally, we want to thank the millions of people who have enjoyed the productions and Lyric’s educational programs throughout its history. Lyric Theater is truly of the people, for the people, and by the people of Oklahoma.”

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