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UPDATED MAY 29!

May 28, 2013 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu

 

WRAL TO AIR UNCSA’s PRODUCTION OF
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA!
8-11 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 30,
AS PART OF PRIMETIME TELETHON
TO RAISE MONEY FOR OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF

 UNC-EX will simulcast WRAL broadcast statewide


WINSTON-SALEM – WRAL-TV (Raleigh) will devote three hours of commercial free primetime on Thursday, May 30, to raise money for the many Oklahoma families in need following the deadly tornado.

WRAL’s Here to Help: Disaster Relief effort includes a tribute to the people of Oklahoma, and the award-winning HD broadcast of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

The station will provide live cut-ins throughout the 8-11 p.m. broadcast, taking viewer pledges via a studio phone bank.

All donations will benefit tornado victims through the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. 

WRAL.com will also take donations online: http://www.wral.com/help-victims-of-oklahoma-tornado/12467906/

“We wanted to find a uniquely North Carolina way to help those impacted families in Oklahoma,” said WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “We believe in the power of local television, both in saving lives during a life-changing event, and to help people recover afterwards.”

Two North Carolina students who appeared in UNCSA's Oklahoma! will also appear briefly (about 9:30 p.m.) during the telethon: Gabe Arant (Dream Jud, School of Drama senior) and Sydney Shepherd (Laurey's friend, solo in "Out of My Dreams," School of Drama Class of 2013).

The commercial free telethon and Oklahoma! broadcast is made possible with permission from Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company (formerly The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization).

The program will be simulcast statewide by UNC-TV on UNC-EX, the Explorer Channel. Check local listings.

The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.RedCross.org or text* the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the organization.

Salvation Army personnel from 10 states are providing food, drinks, spiritual care, and cleanup supplies to multiple communities in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Designate your gift for Oklahoma and other Midwest locations online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok or text* “STORM” to 80888.




Oklahoma! photos by Donald Dietz

UNCSA's critically acclaimed production of Oklahoma! won a National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Award in 2012.

Guided by Emmy Award-winning television director David Stern and produced for television by two-time Emmy Award-winner John Mauceri, UNCSA’s Chancellor, the school’s stage production was filmed in high definition by UNC-TV.

When the original stage production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943, it transformed musical theatre with its innovative integration of words, music, dance and design. In the spring of 2011, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts staged an historic reconstruction of Oklahoma!, painstakingly recreating the sets, costumes, and choreography of that original landmark production. 

UNCSA's ambitious restoration represented a collaboration between all five of its arts schools with faculty, staff, and students working side-by-side, including Chancellor Mauceri, who also as musical director, conductor of the student orchestra, and artistic supervisor. 

UNCSA's Oklahoma! was directed  for the stage by UNCSA School of Drama alumnus Terrence Mann (nominated for a Tony Award this year for Pippin). Longtime Agnes de Mille associate Gemze de Lappe set the choreography.

A generous grant  from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and additional support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts provided  for the production to be filmed in HD in a partnership between UNCSA and UNC-TV.

*Texting charges may be added to your cell phone bill.

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