University of Central Oklahoma to Present Floyd Collins Musical

University of Central Oklahoma musical theatre students (from left) Emily Pace, William Herndon and Quinn Herron will perform in the 2015 Central production of “Floyd Collins”.

University of Central Oklahoma musical theatre students (from left) Emily Pace, William Herndon and Quinn Herron will perform in the 2015 Central production of “Floyd Collins”. Photo via UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present four performances of the musical Floyd Collins, at Mitchell Hall Theatre beginning on April 23rd.

Based on a true story, Floyd Collins follows its title character, who chases a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction just to find himself trapped in a narrow crawlway 55 feet (17 meters) below the surface.

This critically acclaimed musical as been accredited as a skillful amalgamation of relationships, pride, commercialism, greed and a fight for sanity.

Floyd Collins originally premiered at the American Music Theater Festival, in Philadelphia, in 1994, before a short 25 show stint Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, New York City, in 1996.

The effort to rescue the real Floyd Collins in 1925 was the biggest news story of the twentieth century since the sinking of the Titanic. Shannon Hurleigh, UCO Central Instructor of musical theatre and the production’s director

This UCO production will feature 22 Central students, ranging from freshman to graduate students.

All the performers have gone above and beyond to tackle this score, which stands as one of the more difficult pieces within modern musicals. Shannon Hurleigh, UCO Central Instructor of musical theatre and the production’s director

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm from April 23rd-25th and at 2:00 pm on April 26th.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Mitchellhall Theatre website or by calling the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 405-974-3375.

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