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Minority report

Local theater companies struggle to find a pool of diverse racial groups for roles in some plays.

Performing Arts

Mark Beutler
Casting someone like Carrie Underwood in a production of Dreamgirls, which features a mostly black cast, would probably be a bit of a stretch. But when it comes to the theater community, especially in Oklahoma City, finding a racially diverse pool of talent for certain shows is difficult, according to local casting directors. Whether looking for an actor who is black, Asian or Hispanic, casting directors said Oklahoma City just doesn’t have enough actors to fill certain roles.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Most Fabulous donation

One believer donated $100 for each religious leader who signed the petition against the show, organizers said. That’s $7,400.


Mark Beutler
Making headlines the past couple of weeks has been a small play by OKC Theatre Company and a letter from a group of pastors demanding the play be closed. The ruckus over The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told has actually resulted in the theater company receiving several large donations. Artistic Director Rachel Irick said an anonymous donor contributed $7,400. That’s $100 for every pastor’s name on the letter.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Many storm-ravaged local businesses have rebounded with the help of the communities of Moore


Mark Beutler
Driving the stretch of Interstate 35 through Moore, it is difficult to imagine the destruction left just a few months ago. Six months after an EF-5 tornado ripped through the area on May 20, signs of life are everywhere. Businesses have re-opened, houses and neighborhoods are going up and residents are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Most Fabulous Protest

“Lighthearted farce” turns into a public land mine — and the arts community now plans a peaceful protest to counteract political backlash.


Mark Beutler
What started out to be a small, largely unnoticed production by OKC Theater Company has turned into a First Amendment fight, as well as a battle against Oklahoma City’s gay and lesbian community, claim supporters of the production of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BREAKING: Protest, vigil planned for 'Fabulous' production opening

Two churches, one named as a 'hate group' by the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be countered by a vigil by LGBT equality and arts supporters.


Mark Beutler
What started out to be a small, largely unnoticed production by the OKC Theater Company has turned into a First Amendment fight, as well as a battle against Oklahoma City’s gay and lesbian community, claim supporters of the production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.”
Friday, November 22, 2013

Southern comfort

A native Texan hopes to move the hearts and minds of homophobes nationwide with Southern Baptist Sissies.


Mark Beutler
Southern Baptist Sissies
7 p.m. Friday
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ
3901 NW 63rd St.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Informed and engaged

Foundation offers much-needed hand-up to city’s most desperate students and families.


Mark Beutler
More than 17,000 students in Oklahoma City Public Schools live in households making $11,000 a year or less. It’s a sobering statistic, one the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation is trying to change.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tough mothers

A grassroots advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, pushes for gun-buying restrictions in the Second Amendment bastion of Oklahoma.


Mark Beutler
Oklahoma might seem an unlikely place for a fledgling organization of gun-control advocates, but a grassroots effort under way in the state is calling for stronger gun laws. The local chapter of Moms Demand Action is part of a national group founded in the days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

News to clues

With Whodunnit?, a local TV news reporter makes a bid for reality TV riches.


Mark Beutler
A new reality show includes a familiar face for local TV viewers. Among the contestants of Whodunnit?, a murder-mystery game premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC (KOCO Channel 5 locally), is KWTV Channel 9 news reporter Adrianna Iwasinski.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Disc connect

Ultimate Frisbee is soaring to new heights in the metro, as evidenced by the growth of a summer league.


Mark Beutler
The Frisbee has been around for decades, but enthusiasts have taken it to new heights in recent years with the game of Ultimate Frisbee. This year marks the third annual Oklahoma City Ultimate Summer League, with the season beginning June 6 and going through July 25.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Get on the bus

The Beautification Station is a chance to check out nine charming and historic OKC neighborhoods.


Mark Beutler
Beautification Station
9 a.m.-noon Saturday
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
222 N.W. 15th

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Running for Chris

A Guthrie marathon benefits Free to Live and honors the memory of a committed animal rescuer.


Mark Beutler
See Spot Run
9 a.m. Saturday
Harrison Avenue and Second Street

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spinning top

A restaurant atop a landmark tower is slated to rotate once again.

Food and Drink Features

Mark Beutler
Sitting quietly atop Oklahoma City’s iconic United Founders Life Tower is a dark, cavernous space of deafening silence.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cass act

‘Partridge Family’ teen idol David Cassidy flies in to Norman, and a whole lot of loving is what he’ll be bringing. Come on, get happy!


Mark Beutler
David Cassidy with Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone
8 p.m. Saturday
Riverwind Casino
1544 State Highway 9, Norman
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Getting physical

This year’s Sooner State Games introduces a fitness competition.


Mark Beutler
CrossFit Fittest in Oklahoma
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Sooner State Games
Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center
429 E. California

Wednesday, January 23, 2013