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  • classicalbk
    Hi! Glad you and yours are doing well. I think the empty nest syndrome is a real, painful experience. I had a head start back in April. I was a mess for a month just anticipating it. But Christina ended up taking her first JOB at Ford's Theatre in DC here. It's equity and pays very well. She's u/s for Mary Phagan in Parade and swing for the other factory girls. She says she feels like she's being paid to attend master class.
    Meanwhile she is getting on my nerves a bit and I think now we will both be ready when she goes to school!
    September 2011
  • classicalbk
    Hi- I know you are in Texas. I don't know if you are near the firestorms but I wanted to see how you are doing with all of that and how are you and your daughter doing with college?
    September 2011
  • snapdragonfly
    To tell the truth we haven't gotten around to examining the program at OCU yet. We have a pretty long list of schools and are in the process of researching them. Some we have had a chance to look at the program closely, some we have visited, and some are just on the list because of their reputation and having had friends tell us it was a good school. Some of those schools might turn out not to really have the right program for her - OCU might be one of those from what it sounds like. It's on my list of things to do in the next several days - examine the remaining programs we have not looked at closely yet. Some schools will probably be eliminated.

    I feel like I've done nothing but look at college websites and make spreadsheets for the past month! lol! Thanks so much for the information.
    June 2010
  • 2DsnMT
    Have you checked out Wichita State University? We really liked the WSU campus and the opportunity to do lots of community theater exists in Wichita. It would be a very good safety option as the audition is for scholarship only....automatic admission to the program.
    June 2010
  • 2DsnMT
    My 2nd D was quite happy at UCO (which is a public university just north of OKC)....very reasonably priced even for out-of-state students. She transferred at the end of her sophomore year when the head of the MT program quit and the school didn't think they'd be able to replace him by the fall. I couldn't see myself paying tuition to a program that had no leadership. SHSU was kind enough to let her audition in July of that year (there were several kids at the audition) and she and one other kid were accepted at that time. It turned out to be a god-send. She got two years of a music-based MT program while at UCO and then 2 years of a dance-based program at SHSU (she chose the dance concentration). So, the best of both worlds.
    June 2010
  • 2DsnMT
    Thought I'd take this conversation off the board...as many won't be interested in the details. So what degree program is your D looking at at OCU? Their MT degree is a BM....very, very musically oriented....classical singing, etc. Is she looking at their BFA in acting or their dance degree? I would caution with OCU that it is VERY difficult to get cast in their musicals even if you are an MT (because they take in 30-35 freshman every year)....but if a student is an acting major there is almost no hope of getting cast in a musical. They do cast dancers occassionally in dance-heavy musicals. Also, OCU is not cheap but they occassionally offer very good scholarships. My oldest received about a 60% scholarship (academics and talent) but my younger daughter, also accepted into their program, received much less.....seems like the boys got lots that year.
    June 2010