Last night, I got a sneak peek at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Christmas Show. It opens tonight and runs through Saturday. (See schedule below.)
It made me so happy, and I only got to see the first half. I wish everyone could see it! It was so full of color and joy, for a minute I thought I was in a revival service. I wanted to stand up, swoon and raise my arms to the heavens: Merry Christmas, World!
So, we’re taking the kids on Friday night. I can’t wait for them to experience it. With that, I’ve compiled six reasons you should consider taking your kids. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there.
6 Reasons To Go
1. They Deserve a Real-Live Music Download
When was the last time your kids heard a philharmonic? Can your kids even say philharmonic? Oklahoma City’s Philharmonic is a real community treasure! Treat your kids to real-live violas, violins, cellos, bases, piccolos, flutes, oboes, an English horn, clarinets, bassoons, a contra bassoon, horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, percussion, a harp and piano. They deserve to know earlier than later that music and iTunes are not the same thing.
2. Dancing Elves in Crushed Green Velvet Shortalls
The elves’ Christmas rendition of Orphan Annie’s It’s A Hard-Knock Life was so absolutely fantastic, I thought the performers were with a Broadway touring company. But, absolutely not. They are local talent, people. They’re Oklahoma Cityans! You will be terrifically blown away. And, the costuming was phenomenal. None of this garage-sale, pull-together-what-you-can-from-home business. There was a lot of time, energy and thought put into these performances and the costumes are the icing on the ginger bread.
3. It’s a Christmas Card Come-To-Life
So, this is how it works. The Christmas Show is at the Civic Center. There’s a giant stage and framing it are these two or three-story tall one-dimensional LED Christmas bows. The presentation is awesome. They change colors and set the mood for all these different scenes that take place — from elves in a workshop to snowy couples ballroom dancing to a lady singing in a gorgeous Santa Clause dress to tap dancing (hot) Santa Clauses.
Each scene is like a Christmas card come-to-life. In all my time in Oklahoma City, and all my years exposed to the arts, I’ve never seen anything like it. It never drags and occasionally you have to pinch yourself to remember you’re watching all this dancing and performing taking place while listening to a live orchestra.
4. Now About the Teenagers
There Are No Vampires, Humanoids or Sorcerers in this show. At least not in the first half that I saw. You know you’re as sick of them as I am! And, you know you want your kids to see a different slice of life — experience something new and slightly human. This is it: The Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Christmas Show. Buy your tickets, put on your green dress, preferably trimmed in white maribu — or your jeans and ugly Christmas sweater — and go-go-go. I really think you’ll be glad you did. It will make you happy!
5. Now About Downtown
The streets aren’t nearly as jacked up with construction as they have been during all the Amazing Renaissance-ia going on downtown. Parking is pretty easy-peasy. You can probably even snag a space for free on a street a few blocks to the north, east or west. The weather is going to be great this weekend. Just put on a wrap and walk to the Civic Center.
6. Michele Ragusa
Ragusa is the headliner. Think Oklahoma’s own Megan Mullally or Lucille Ball and Judy Garland. Michele is fun, gorgeous and talented. You’ll love her! I want her Mrs. Claus dress. And, her slender figure.
Here’s the schedule:
7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29
8 p.m., Friday, November 30
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (two shows) Saturday, December 1