Performing Arts Series events affordable night out

For as little as $10 per ticket, students can attend the two remaining upcoming events of the Performing Arts Series, said Cultural Programs Director Lemuel Bardeguez.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to get to experience live professional performing arts for very little money,” Bardeguez said.

Bardeguez said the two upcoming events include the Broadway musical “Flipside: The Patti Page Story,” and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

“These are artists and productions that are on tour … . They stop here on their way to somewhere else, so they only perform one night,” he said.

“Flipside: The Patti Page Story” will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the VPAC Theater. “That is essentially a musical about the story of Patti Page, who was an Oklahoman and is the highest-selling artist of all time,” Bardeguez said.

He said Page sold more than 100 million records during her career.

The second performance of the semester will be the Soweto Gospel Choir. They will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the VPAC theater.

“They are a gospel choir out of South Africa,” Bardeguez said. “They are a multi-Grammy award-winning group,” he said.

According to their website, the 52-person choir has won both Grammy and Emmy awards, and sing in seven different languages.

Tickets for “Flipside: The Patti Page Story” and the Soweto Gospel Choir range in price from $10 to $45, and can be purchased in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, room 161, Bardeguez said.

Tickets also are available for purchase the night of the performance or online. However, by purchasing the tickets online students will incur a convenience fee.

“So, if they’re on campus, they’re encouraged to come to the office of Cultural Programs or the box office area to purchase the tickets 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Bardeguez said.

The office is located in room 161 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, to the left of the Sarkey’s Foundation Atrium.

Bardeguez said he hopes students will make it to both shows.

“Both of those are great opportunities for students to experience professional performing arts at not a whole lot of expense.

“I mean, it’s less than going to the movies.”

For more information, contact Bardeguez at 405-682-1611, ext. 7352, or visit the Performing Arts Series website at

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