December 2017 Around Town 1

University Theatre to Perform

Fairy Tale Opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel will take the stage at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus this holiday season.

Jonathan Shames conducts the sweeping score and William Ferrara takes the helm as stage director for the holiday production that opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Additional performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. This production will be performed in English and is suitable for the entire family.

The University Theatre production is brimming with storybook costumes designs by Ciara Smith and whimsical scenic design by Elise Christensen.

A children’s choir with students from Alcott Middle School will participate in the production.

Advance purchase tickets are $20 for adult; $15 for senior adult, OU employee and military; and $10 for student, plus processing fee. Tickets at the door are $30 for adult and $15 for student, cash or check only. Tickets also may be purchased online at by calling 325.4101 or visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.

Star Wars Crafts and More

Offered at PLS Libraries

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Day, a genealogy class for beginners and a craft event for adults are among activities scheduled this month at the branch libraries of the Pioneer Library System serving Cleveland County.

Norman Central

“The Tech-citement!” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27-29–Come to the library’s computer training center and check out new hands-on STEM activities.

Norman West

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Day, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3–Get ready for the latest offering in the movie series with crafts and activities for all ages of Star Wars fans.


Genealogy 101: Getting Started, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5–Get an introduction on the resources the library has to help with family history research.


Cozy DIY for Adults, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9–From making gift cards to felt ornaments to Mason jar gifts, this afternoon has multiple craft events for adults.

Southwest Oklahoma City

Sewing for Teens, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14–Sewing is not a lost art, and the library will give a beginner-level class for students in sixth through 12th grades.

INTEGRIS Breaks Ground

on Micro-hospital in Moore

INTEGRIS broke ground Nov. 1 on the health care system’s first micro-hospital, which will be called INTEGRIS Community Hospital. It will be located at 3391 S. I-35 Service Road at the S. 34th Street intersection in Moore.

“We chose Moore as our first such location for a variety of reasons. It is one of the fastest-growing, most progressive, most resilient communities in central Oklahoma,” said INTEGRIS President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Lawrence.

Last October, INTEGRIS officials announced they would be working with Emerus to open small-scale, fully licensed inpatient hospital facilities in different quadrants of the metro, to bring high-quality care closer to home.

Each joint venture facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be equipped to respond to almost any medical issue a patient may present with, including those that may be life-threatening or require complex, critical care.

Each will house between eight and 10 inpatient beds for observation and short-stay use, and include a similar number of emergency treatment and triage rooms, along with primary and specialty care physicians, diagnostic and other outpatient clinic services.

While the Nov. 1 groundbreaking was held at the future Moore location, it was meant to signify and celebrate all four of the community hospitals INTEGRIS plans to build in central Oklahoma. The Moore facility is scheduled to open in early 2019, and the remaining locations should be up and running by the end of that year. Additional INTEGRIS micro-hospitals could be on the horizon in the future.