Courtney Crouse is a mezzo soprano and professor of voice at Oklahoma City University. Prior to moving to OKC to join the faculty of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music in 2012, Dr. Crouse was a featured soloist with The New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, The Coterie and L’Harmonie des Saisons, a group based in Montréal and New York City under the direction of baroque specialist Eric Milnes.
Since moving Oklahoma, Dr. Crouse has performed with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as Mrs. Anderssen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra as a featured soloist, as the alto soloist in the Messiah for the Kemp Concert Series, a Jazz Recital on the Distinguished Artist Series at Oklahoma City University and has joined the professional vocal ensemble Tactus. She is also a member of the the guitar and voice duo: Crouse and Denman.
Dr. Crouse is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX and the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Check out CourtneyCrouse.com for upcoming performances.
Charlie Monnot is a strong supporter of Oklahoma Theatre, he has performed in many of the local theatres in the area. Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Peter in Company, Tobias in Sweeney Todd (The Pollard Theatre). Claude in Hair and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Reduxion Theater Company); Henry Ford in Ragtime, Hugo Tantinnin in Call Me Madam (Lyric Theatre); Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff, and , Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity and the Baker in Into the Woods (Shawnee Little Theatre), Trent Conway in Six Degrees of Separation (Carpenter Square Theatre), Tateh in Ragtime (Poteet Theatre), Malcolm in The Full Monty (Sooner Theatre). When not on stage, Charlie can be seen as the Registrar at Oklahoma City University.
Scott Hynes - Regional credits: Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre : THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Man Going Back, Tom u/s), THE NORMAL HEART (David, Felix u/s), NEXT TO NORMAL (adult male swing). Local credits: Ghostlight Theatre Club: THE CREDEAUX CANVAS (Winston), [TITLE OF SHOW] (Jeffy), REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Greg), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (St. Matthew, Mathias of Gallilee); Oklahoma City Theatre Company: SYLVIA (Director), MEDEA (Jason), THE THREE-PENNY OPERA (Ready-Money Matt); Jewel Box Theatre: CATS (Munkustrap), OKLAHOMA! (Curly), LEND ME A TENOR (Max), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Phillip Lombard). SummerStock OK: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Captain Von Trapp), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Pharaoh). Independent credits: FALSETTOS (Whizzer) at RJM Productions, CHICAGO (featured Dancer) at RSCPAC. Off-stage, Scott is a professional Tap dancer and teacher, Technical Director for Ghostlight Theatre Club, director, technician, and an award-winning lighting designer. Thanks to Jodi, Megan, Dr. Harry Parker, Don Jordan, Ben Hall, Dr. Lewis R. Stiles; Leroy, Kris, and the entire OKC Philharmonic family; Lance Garrett, and the crew at GLTC; and as always, this one is for you, Mom.
Kendon Lacy has performed in many different avenues, most notably with the musical improv troupes Night Rhymers & BitSing, where he has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Dallas Comedy Festival, Austin, TX & Kansas City. His non-musical improv troupes inlude Kyle & Kendon, Reunited, as well as The HubBub Improv Group, performing every Thursday Night at 7:30pm at District House. Kendon serves on staff for OKC Improv as Program Director. In theatre, Kendon's most recent projects have been Impression Live's regular Holiday show "This Christmas" as well as playing the role of Ralph D in KnockDownDragOut's "The Motherf*cker With The Hat." He performs regularly as a local stand-up comedian and was a finalist in the 2012 Loony Bin Comedy Contest. For more on Kendon's shows and work, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @kendonlacy.
Marita Strykeris so honored to be a part of such a magical company, City Cabaret! She grew up in Austin, Texas, then went on to receive her bachelors and masters degrees from Oklahoma City University, studying with the legendary Florence Birdwell. Favorite theatre credits include Florence in Chess, Lucy in Charlie Brown, Polly in Crazy for You, Peron's Mistress in Evita, and Bet to Stephanie J. Block’s Nancy in Oliver. She has traveled the country with the National Tour of John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd and traveled the world with Celebrity and Holland America Cruise Lines. After living in New York City for eight years, Marita is now happy to return to beautiful Oklahoma City, where she teaches voice at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at OCU, and celebrates life with her husband Maurizio, daughter Penelope and furry friends Stitch and Rosie.
The City Cabaret Band
Chris Black, Bassist, is a native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Oklahoma City University in music education and business. He has performed in a wide range of genres including orchestra, music theatre, big band, jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass, and mariachi. His current projects include Grassland Caravan, a progressive bluegrass band, and The Savoy Trio, a combo focusing on the golden era of jazz.
Michelle Hedges, Drums, studied percussion and trombone performance at Southeast Missouri State University. She was the drummer for the award winning, cover band, Satin Britches based in Atlanta, GA. She played drums in Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s Gypsy in 2012 and Jesus Christ Superstar in 2014. Currently, Michelle plays trombone in the MidDel Jazz Orchestra, drums in the Nichols Hills Band, and is half of the piano duo Melaugh and Hedges. She gives private lessons in brass, percussion, and piano in the Oklahoma City area.
Sophia Ro, Violin, joined the faculty at Oklahoma City University in 2013 and is a violinist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed on the Distinguished Artist Series and joined the faculty string quartet at Oklahoma City University.
Dr. Ro has served as Guest Concertmaster and as Principal Second Violin with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and was a regular member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Ro has been an active recitalist and chamber musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Boston, and New York City. She is also a Baroque violinist and performed at numerous chamber recitals, Baroque orchestras, master classes, and music festivals in the Boston and Dallas areas. She was a featured soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Ro is a graduate of University of North Texas (DMA), Boston University (MM) and Manhattan School of Music (BM).