Evans Children's Academy-Presents
Open Auditions, January 19th and 20th at 6 p.m.
Dr. Dolittle, Junior
“Dr. Dolittle, Junior”
by Nick Sweet
Performance Dates February 20-23, 2014
" Dr. Dolittle, Junior,” book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, is adapted from the 1967 Oscar-nominated film that starred Rex Harrison. Composer Bricusse won the Academy Award for Best Song, " Talk to the Animals."
Previously he had collaborated with Anthony Newley on the score for the film " Charley and the Chocolate Factory." Dr. Doolittle first appeared in the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting.
Nick Sweet will return to Ponca City to direct. As the first artistic director for Evans Children's Academy from 2008-2010 he directed "Aladdin", "Annie", "Godspell", "Seussical", and "Willy Wonka", all from the Junior series, and "Grease", "High School Musical", "It's a Wonderful Life", and "A Vaudeville Christmas Carol", which he wrote. He has also directed 9 shows for the Ponca Playhouse including " Pajama Game", "Smoke on the Mountain," and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Since leaving Evans, much of his focus has been on writing. He co-wrote a musical with Bartlesville native Becky Hobbs, now a Nashville singer/ songwriter ( Angels Among Us, Jones on the Jukebox.) based on the life of her fifth great grandmother. "Beloved Woman of the Cherokee", based on the life of Nancy Ward, an 18th century tribal leader, premiered in Georgia in 2012. The Oklahoma premiere at Northeastern State University this past summer was part of the Cherokee National Holiday. Nick directed both productions and will direct the 2014 summer production at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. He also directed "The Buddy Holly Story" for Muskogee Little Theatre, voted MLT's 2013 Show of the Year and "Willy Wonka" for Children's Musical Theatre of Bartlesville in 2012. This production featured Ben Pauls, a former Ponca City resident and Evans alum, in the title role and set the CMT box office record. In 2013 the Amy Kitchener Foundation named Nick Senior Poet Laureate of Texas, the same honor he received in Oklahoma in 2010 while living in Tonkawa.
For more information call 580-765-0943.
Tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for ages 12 and under, and are on sale now. They are available online or by calling The Poncan Theatre box office at 580-765-0943, Mon. to Fri. from 1 until 5.
Principle Evans Children’s Academy Sponsor: Pat Evens
With additional funding by :
Ponca City is fortunate to have the support of Pat Evans to give the area
children an opportunity to explore their musical and acting talents. The
community has been blessed with an incredible pool of talent and it is
gratifying to see these kids improve show after show, season after season.
Again, this has all been possible because of the generosity of Pat Evans. When
you see Pat be sure and thank her for her support.
For more information call the Poncan Theatre at 765-0943 during regular business hours 1 to 5 Monday through Friday.