t’s finally here! The holiday season hits hard and fast this week, with Christmas lights going up everywhere and early shopping already starting. Always in the holiday spirit, UCO’s musical theatre department presents another fun night of music with their latest themed revue. There’s No Business Like Snow Business features holiday songs, fun costumes, and a cheery, wintery show at the UCO Jazz Lab. Like their annual Halloween revue Macabret, Snow Business puts a Christmas spin on musical theatre tunes, and showcases nearly 100 of UCO’s finest Musical Theatre students. Kassie Carroll Downey directs this year’s concert, and she says “It’s become a tradition in a lot of families. The most wonderful part of the show is that people come from all over to see this.” Downey promises audiences “fabulous dancing, glorious singing, and a few laughs along the way!”
Guthrie native Libby McCormack answered a few questions about the upcoming performances and what we can expect from this show that is sure to get us in the Christmas spirit! Her exclusive Q&A is below:
AP: Tell us about Snow Business! What are you singing this year? What are you most excited about?
LM: There’s No Business Like Snow Business is an adorable and cheerful holiday revue using Christmas songs from musicals! I’m the dance captain of the show and am featured in the number “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”. I’m so excited for everyone to see all of the big dance numbers that are so adorable! I’m also excited for people to see the number “Be A Santa”, which will remind the audience of the importance of compassion during the holiday season.
AP: What is one thing that has been particularly rewarding during this rehearsal process?
LM: I think Christmas shows are so rewarding once you get to share it with an audience. To see the smile on children’s and parent’s faces alike is so rewarding! Just spreading Holiday cheer, especially through music and performance, is rewarding in itself.
AP: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
LM: My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas Tree with loved ones. Getting to reflect on all of the handmade ornaments and the ornaments from family trips and what not is so much fun.
AP: Why did you choose UCO for your musical theatre education? What do you think makes them the best?
LM: I chose UCO Musical Theatre because it’s a family. Even when we’re all “competing” for jobs and roles, we’re all still rooting for each other and always supporting each other. A lot of programs are not like that at all. But we’re all here for each other at UCO.
There’s No Business Like Snow Business, presented by the University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Department and the College of Fine Arts and Design, runs December 5th-8th and 12th-14th at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. 5th St, Edmond, OK. Performance times vary. For tickets, visit ucojazzlab.com or call 405-974-3375.