1. ECU’s Department of Music and Department of Communication and Performance Studies will present a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
The concert is free and open to the public. The event features ECU Showtime, The University Chorale and The University Singers performing “The Golden State Trophy Program,” something they will be taking to the Nov. 20-24 worldwide competition in Monterey, Calif.
2. The Chickasaw Nation will offer GOURDget Classes with Dustin Mater from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur.
Mater will teach the art and technique of crafting gourds into gorgets, intricate Native American necklaces and collars.
Class is open to the public at no charge. Class size is limited. To enroll or ask questions call (580) 622-8040.
3. ECU SCREENS continues its season with the fastest-selling production in British theatre history: “Hamlet,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of East Central University’s Bill S. Cole University Center.
Open to the public, the screening is $5 for students and $10 for members of the community.
ECU SCREENS is collaborating with Sigma Tau Delta and ECU’s Honors Student Association to show the NT Live production of “Hamlet,” performed at the Barbican Theatre in London. The original 2015 broadcast was experienced by a record-breaking half a million people worldwide.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death, but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica), this “Hamlet” is “[o]ne of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions . . . ever” according to Time Out.
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Critics praised Cumberbatch’s performance as Hamlet saying he “exudes charisma and intelligence.”
4. Celebrate Oklahoma’s Statehood Day with “The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People Volume 1 (Ancient-Statehood)” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma History Center. Featured will be John J. Dwyer, “Oklahomans” author and Neal Taylor, “Oklahomans” illustrator, as well as Dr. Bob Blackburn, OHS executive director, Dean Blevins, Emmy winning sportscaster and Wes Lane, former Oklahoma County District Attorney.
Half-hour programs will run throughout the event, which features food and live music by the Tinker Air Base Flying High Big Band Era Band. Books will be discounted 30 percent during the statehood day celebration and the first 50 history teachers to ask for a copy of the book will get one free (one per school).
The center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.
5. In a world where actors must conquer the elements of Hollywood, Theatre at Southeastern presents “The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Completely Hollywood: Abridged.”
“Completely Hollywood: Abridged” showcases three actors attempting to go through186 famous Hollywood movies.
During the show, the actors take a 12-step look at the world of Hollywood. When this 12-step program spirals out of control, the actors must make their own movie in order to complete their mission. Hilarity ensues as these actors, played by Ashley Faulkner, Justice Graham and Jarrett Self, weave their way through a script of costume changes, impressions and Hollywood Lessons.
“Completely Hollywood: Abridged” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with performances through Saturday in Southeastern’s New Theatre Building.
General admission is $8. To purchase tickets call (580) 745-2696.