Thinking big and why shouldnt she? Kathryn McGill of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park said she yearns for a comprehensive performing arts center with 60-, 250- and 400-seat theaters and office and rehearsal space.
She correctly notes the severe shortage of affordable, available theater space. But OKC already has one of the most important and hailed theater buildings in the world. A Stage Center renovation would essentially fulfill McGills wish.
Oklahoma City Theatre Companys Rachel Irick wishes the city of Oklahoma City would follow through on its promise to renovate the Freede Little Theatre in the Civic Center Music Hall.
The Freede Little is one of the best theaters in the city, with impeccable acoustics. Renovate wouldnt entail ruining the exisintg art deco space.
Michael Baron at Lyric Theatre would like to have a development program for musicals and plays. With few exceptions, local theater companies are deficient in shepherding new work.
Some artistic directors focused on audiences. W. Jerome Stevenson of Pollard Theatre Company in Guthrie wishes for a sophisticated, articulate and tolerant theatergoing audience. He said someone complained about Pollards production of Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman because it was written by a Communist.
Carpenter Square Theatres Rhonda Clark would like the public to develop the habit of attending live theater. Professional, semi-pro and collegiate theaters in the metro stage close to 100 plays and musicals annually. Often, touring musicals play to large audiences, while productions by local companies play to much smaller crowds down the street or even in the same building.
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatres Donald Jordan wishes for continued and increased commitment by everyone in our theater community to the goal of building an increasingly vibrant and integrated theatrical environment. Its hard to argue with that.
Lance Garrett with Ghostlight Theatre Club wants more local media coverage of the theatrical arts.
Most media outlets dont have a clue, Garrett said. (Maybe he doesnt know how hard it is for local media to get accurate, complete and timely information from theater companies.)
Now, well see if any angels make these wishes come true.