For 27 years, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has entertained patrons of al fresco drama with works by the Bard and other noted playwrights. This year's summer season returns to the newly renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens' Water Stage with two productions by William Shakespeare and one by Anton Chekhov. Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor kicks off the season with a jovial love triangle set in Elizabethan middle-class society (June 16–July 9). Written in 1895, Chekhov's The Seagull inundates audiences with the romantic and artistic conflicts of four diverse main characters conveyed through melodramatic subtext and semaphore arm movements (July 14–30). A Midsummer Night's Dream closes out the season with the classic comedic tale that intertwines the lives of mischievous fairies, stern parents, and young couples in love (August 4–September 3).
51st Street Speakeasy dishes up a savory spread of creative American staples in a vintage-style bar with an intimate stage hosting live entertainment. The fresh menu brings together tacos, salads, and burgers in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Guests can rev stomach engines with a starter such as chicken or beef nachos, stacked to stratospheric heights with tomatoes, jalapeños, and cheese and served with luscious guacamole, sour cream, and salsa ($8). A traditional caesar salad with freshly made dressing ($7) makes for a well-rounded meal when paired with a cheeseburger, amassing a half-pound patty seasoned and cooked to order ($8).
Reliant Stadium’s titanic venue, home to the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, covers 125,000 square feet of sporting ground. The facility is the first in NFL history to have a retractable roof, which sightseers can view from the field during public gridiron tours. While strolling across Reliant’s stadium floor, fans can relive their favorite memories of Super Bowl XXXVIII, or search every nook and cranny for John Madden’s lost bus keys.
The dual-purpose Center Stage & CheerAction facility combines an 1,800-square-foot harlequin-floor dance space with a 1,500-square-foot cheer suite to earn kids their tumbling and dance wings. Summer camps offer competition-grade gymnastics flooring for postschool entertainment such as the mini-tumblers camp, which harnesses youthful exuberance into a productive yield of handstands, cartwheels, backbends, and controlled levitation. Four-day camps feature prancing princesses, superhero hip-hop, musical theater, and a Harry Potter–themed string of activities and students of the stage can act, dance, and tumble their way through the three-day camp, which combines acrobatics with fewer wind-chapped activities such as water games, crafts, and snacks. The cheer camp gives chanters a venue for their newly acquired stunt and jump skills, offering performance time at a Tulsa Drillers Game and includes two complimentary tickets to the game.
"Masterpieces of Change" features the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra taking on the timeless music of Mozart and Berlioz. Guest conductor Ron Spigelman leads the hard-hitting orchestra through a performance of Symphony No. 41, the final symphony written by Tom Hulce–lookalike Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart before his death in 1791. Following Mozart's melodies is Hector Berlioz's extravagant Symphonie Fantastique, a noted piece of program music that tells the tale of a lovelorn artist. After the concert, stick around for the Meet the Musicians reception, where you can chat with the French-horn players, high-five the tuba players, and ask the conductor to sign your clarinet.