Full Moon Concert Aug. 15

August 7, 2019 | Featured|Headlines

Submitted By SCOT CLOUD | NOC Public Information

TONKAWA — “Jerry & Friends” will perform “Best of Broadway” at the upcoming Full Moon Concert Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Tonkawa Centennial Park, 301 East Grand in Tonkawa. 

Six musicians will present Broadway through the years – a trip to the Great White Way!  Music of George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jason Robert Brown, Jonathan Larson and more will be presented.

Joining Jerry Steichen on the piano are Dineo Heilmann, clarinet; Shannon Varner, soprano; Hailey Hatfield, mezzo; Chad Anderson, tenor; and Gonzalo de la Fuente, baritone.

Steichen, a Tonkawa native, has lived in New York City for the past 30 years and has conducted Broadway shows, operas and symphonies. He has accepted the position of Music Director of Longview Symphony in Longview, Texas.

Heilmann has performed with the NOC Gala Orchestra since 1996, and was a recent guest soloist with the NWOSU Wind Ensemble and the Ponca City High School Wind Ensemble. Heilmann retired from NOC in 2019 with a distinguished career in teaching, and as Roustabouts director and Fine Arts Division chair.

Dineo Heilmann

Varner instructs voice and conducts the College Choir and Madrigal Singers at NOC. Musicals she has directed include Footloose, 110 in the Shade and Beauty and the Beast.

Anderson is NOC’s Director of Music Theatre and has performed, taught and directed in the Oklahoma City area since 2000. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops Chorale and a frequent performer with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, performing roles in shows such as Footloose,  Jekyll & Hyde, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney’s Tarzan,  Mary Poppins, Big Fish, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, The Drowsy Chaperone and this summer’s Titanic.  

Hatfield is a junior musical theatre major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Favorite roles include Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. She received a nomination for Best Supporting actress at the DSM theatre awards for her performances as Marmee in Little Women.

Gonzalo Aburto de la Fuente was born in Mexico City, and is currently a student at Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. Credits include Fector in Dogfight, Witt/Scullery Worker in Grand Hotel, Prince Topher in R & H Cinderella, and Kit Kat Club Performer in the upcoming production of Cabaret. 

In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Santa Fe Depot across the street from the park. Permanent seating is limited, the public is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and snacks. Pets on leashes are welcome. Restroom facilities are located across the street in the Santa Fe Depot. During the evening, time will be scheduled for all to walk the heart-shaped labyrinth under the light of the full moon. The walk concludes with the traditional howl at the moon from the labyrinth goal.