Lyric Season, Paragon Awards and Holiday Events

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Lyric Theatre celebrates 32 years when it opens its 1994 season of summer musicals at the Kirkpatrick Auditorium on the Oklahoma City University campus.

Truly Oklahoma's Broadway Connection, Lyric is offering five Broadway musicals with diverse plots and themes. The first will be the familiar and beloved "Peter Pan," a musical adaptation of a play by Sir James M. Barrie. This play about a little boy who wouldn't grow up opens Tuesday, June 7, and runs through June 18.

Directing "Peter Pan" is Joel Ferrell, and choreographer is Oklahoma City's own CeCe Farha. Ferrell has worked as a director, choreographer and performer throughout the United States and directed "Phantom" for Lyric last summer. He also has toured the U.S. with "Cats" and "Peter Pan." Farha operates her own business, Range of Motion Dance Studio, and is the creative mind behind such programs as the OKC Cavalry Sundancers, Cav Kids and OKC Blazers Junior Blazers Performing Groups. She began her professional dance career at the age of 16 and has danced with the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet Oklahoma.

In the title role of Peter Pan will be Jonathan Nelson, and playing Wendy will be Heather Cormack Olive. The evil Captain Hook will be portrayed by Erick DeVine.

Co-producers of this musical are the Bethany Dialysis Facility and Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. Orchestra sponsor is the Norman Physicians Group, and the free Youth Matinee Sponsors are the Boeing Co. and Union Pacific. Media Sponsors are KWTV Channel 9 and KCSC 90.1.

Lyric will present a free Youth Matinee on Wednesday, June 15, during the run of "Peter Pan." Tickets for this free matinee will be available starting June 9 at OK Ticket Outlets and the Lyric Box Office, 2501 N. Blackwelder. The first Wednesday of each Lyric show is family night when families, students and senior citizens may purchase tickets for $12 for that performance only. Senior citizens also may purchase $12 tickets for the Saturday matinee. Otherwise, the single ticket price is $20. Lyric Theatre's box office will open Monday.

The other plays on the summer musical agenda include "The Goodbye Girl," June 21-July 2; "South Pacific," July 5-16; "Grand Hotel," July 19-30, and "1776," Aug. 2-13. What better way could you spend a lazy summer evening? ? ? You may think you have problems if you find a bug or two on your patio. But Omniplex Science Museum is going to have gargantuan insects up to 200 times life size!

A new, blockbuster exhibit, "Invasion of the Giant Insects," will open Friday at the hands-on science museum housed in Kirkpatrick Center, 2100 NE 52nd St. Omniplex visitors will get a bug's eye view of the world as they see two 11-foot-long rhinoceros beetles batter each other in a fight to the death, a 19-foot-long Chinese praying mantis which hunts for other insects to capture and eat, a 13-foot-long desert locust which can jump distances up to 40 times the length of its body and _ well, there's more.

These startlingly realistic creatures have been created by Kokoro of Japan, the same company that originated the Dinosaurs! exhibit which was at Omniplex two years ago. Because the replicated but enlarged insects are so authentic, they will offer educational value about entomology. Several other displays will be offering other views of insects and their environment. If you like bugs, here's your chance to see them close up. If you don't, well. . . Memorial Day weekend always offers lots of places to go and things to do, especially if you have out-of-town guests.

The Paseo artists (that's the historic area near NW 30th St. and Dewey) will have their annual three-day festival of arts and crafts. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. each day, concluding in the evening the first two days and at 6 p.m. Monday. The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center will have its fourth annual Cowboy Chuck Wagon Gathering Saturday through Monday. …

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