OFC Creations announced a range of new arts programming for the 2018-19 season, and expanded fall and winter programs to meet student demand.
Under the leadership of Eric Vaughn Johnson, executive director, OFC Creations was founded in 2005 to give adults and students an opportunity to push their creative limits.
OFC is now in residence at The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Ave., Rochester, a collaboration that enabled this expansion of educational and artistic programs. The Lyric is located in the East Avenue neighborhood.
“A central location for arts education is of vital importance in our community,” said Susan Cotroneo, managing director for The Lyric Theatre. “OFC is providing students with stellar programming, allowing them to follow their hearts in the performing arts.”
In recent years, OFC offered theater productions at the Kodak Center, including “Avenue Q,” “Spring Awakening” and “The Wild Party.” This year, OFC presented Miss Richfield 1981, and produced “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the Rochester Fringe Festival.
OFC adult performers mentor the next generation of actors through educational programs in schools. For five years, OFC has run the drama program at Seton Catholic School, as well as more recent programs at Harris Hill Elementary School and World of Inquiry School.
OFC recently launched three new theater learning and performing opportunities for students of all ages, housed at The Lyric: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” for ages 4-7, “Experiencing the Sound of Music” for ages 7-11, and “The Wiz” for ages 11-17.
“The students currently enrolled in OFC’s fall programs are from diverse backgrounds and school districts including Pittsford, Victor, Greece and Hilton,” Johnson said. “Nearly half of the students enrolled in ‘The Wiz’ are from Rochester City Schools and many are brand new to theater. We are excited to offer unique and individualized opportunities for every student.”
OFC expanded its winter 2019 offerings to keep up with demand. Winter classes will include “Snow White” for ages 4-7, “The Jungle Book” and “Experiencing Disney Magic” for ages 7-11, and “RENT: School Edition” for ages 11-18. Additionally, OFC is offering a new audition workshop, a musical theater dance workshop series, and private lessons in voice, acting and dance.
Day camps during school breaks will create a production in one week — “Madagascar” in February and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in April.
OFC is hiring teaching artists and part-time staff for spring and summer 2019 programs, as well as high school and college interns for summer 2019.
OFC will present adult stage productions from November through April, including the regional premiere of “Thank You For Being A Friend: The Golden Girls Musical.”
“Thank You For Being A Friend: The Golden Girls Musical” — taking the stage on April 5-20 at The Lyric — is based on the 1980s TV sitcom and stars a cast of men in drag. The adult cast includes OFC teaching artists Hunter Ekberg, Shawn Gray, Johnson, Hector Manuel and Eric Schutt.
On Nov. 10, OFC is assisting in the production of “Vanities” at The Rochester Century Club, 566 East Ave., with dinner-theater seating. The play follows three friends from their days as cheerleaders at a Texas high school in 1963 and travels to adventures in their college sorority house and, ultimately, their careers and new realities a decade later.
“OFC Creations is innovative, collaborative and inclusive in bringing outstanding theater to the Rochester community,” said Judith Ranaletta, director of “Vanities.”
Kicking off 2019, OFC will produce the workshop of a world premiere stage show, “Produce: The Musical.” Written by local author Carrie Bodell, “Produce” is comedy about the ups and downs of a family-owned grocery store. The production will run on Jan. 25-27 at the Bruce Legacy Studios, 75 Stutson St., Rochester.
OFC will expand its tour schedule to include more elementary and middle schools in Greater Rochester. Teachers can book an OFC touring theater performance to local schools.
Available touring performances include “Charlotte’s Web,” “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin.” Performances last an hour, and come with educational materials for teachers and students.
OFC is expanding its drama programs in schools across the Rochester area. In afterschool sessions, elementary and middle school students rehearse shows with full sets, costumes and props leading up to performances for family and friends.
Call (585) 667-0954 or visit ofccreations.com for class registration, ticket information and school bookings.